I Hate Canton has been on hiatus since June because...well we won't discuss it. Occupy Canton, though, has pulled us back to the rigors of the keyboard.
Saturday, anywhere from 70 to 150 Cantonians (depending on who you talk to) braved the weather and the slings and arrows of our Reppies to demonstrate their grievances against Big Everything downtown. I wasn't able to attend, so we only have the Rep report and a few scattered Facebook comments to judge the event--which sounds like a resounding success for a first try.
IHC has organized a few protests in our day, and we learned years ago that for every 250 people who say they'll show up, maybe one does. (We once, much to our horror, found ourselves a picket line of one at a grocery store on Raff Road during the Grape Boycott years.) That 70 (or 150) Cantonians came out is practically a work of genius--or a sign of desperation..
Since we weren't there, we'll let Rep reporter Kelli Young describe the occupation of Central Plaza in her Occupation Movement Comes to Canton:
Occupy Canton, the local version of the anti-Wall Street movement sweeping the country, brought sign-toting demonstrators to the Central Plaza courtyard — a fitting location considering the surrounding bank and government buildings. Their homemade signs conveyed many of the Occupy movement’s central themes: “Corporations are not people. But we are!” “What American Dream?” “I can’t afford a lobbyist. I am the 99%” and “Remember, remember the 5th of November. The (r)evolution is here.”...
...Participants also signed a solidarity pledge that will be sent to local, state and national politicians Monday. The pledge, which had consensus approval, demands: The Supreme Court reconsider the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision that prohibits government from banning political spending by corporations in candidate elections; the banking provisions that separated investment banking and commercial banks be reinstated; the Department of Justice intensifies its investigation of white collar and corporate crime.
Young's article had hardly left her keyboard when our Reppies jumped in.. Not surprisingly the dirty smelly hippies of Wall Street have morphed intothe smelly, dirty pensioners of Canton..
Canton's biggest Idiot, Just s Tom, after a few lame attempts at humor decided to simply infantalize the crowd:
AND the best part is the unemployed drifters and union plants,will soon experience WINTER...Global Warming will not help him.......the herd should get thinned-out very quickly and back to mom and dads basement they will go....
Newcomer Timothy, opined:
I hope they did not leave their mess all over like in N.Y.
Where is Rhode's National Guard of the 70's when you need them?
Atomix piped in:
I will never understand the term corporate greed. I have really tried to listen and understand but just don't get it. Business is in business to make a profit. A business will use the best resources at their disposal to make the largest profit possible for themselves as well as their investors. Like it or hate it but those with the money create the jobs.
Recon, after writing that he pretty much agreed with the grievances, decided it was a good time to attack Don Cirelli, which led to a long, poorly spaced and worded rant about communists and socialists which included his critique of Marxism:
Socialism is the first step in the process of developing the productive forces to achieve abundance and changing the mental and spiritual outlook of the people. It is the necessary transition stage from capitalism to communism. So you see we have far left Liberal nutcases like Donnie that support class warfare he thinks what is going on today is that The middle class is DYING in America and across the industrialized world because of Corporate greed when in fact is is dying beacause of our Corrupt Government-IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CORPORATE GREED
Ted Jackson had a unique solution to our (and we suppose the world's) economic crisis:
If all the occupy people would just put their money where their mouth is, they would start businesses and pay 'living wages' with 'full benefits' to their employee's. If you truely are the 99% then it shouldn't be hard to gather your resources and lead by example.
That 'corporate greed' that all the liberals and even socialists on this site speak of pays their government cadillac benefits and pensions. Public employee pension plans are some of the largest shareholders, even having significant influence on members of the boards of directors and even seats of these same fortune 500 boards.
I Hate Canton believes that all of these articulate posters deserve at least an Honorable Mention for their intelligent deconstruction of Occupy Canton ,but we don't want to give them all big heads either. Otherwise, next thing you know, they'll be self-conscious writers, rather than letting their natural idiocy flow.
So, today we'll not only give some newcomers a shot at fame, we cull the herd.
Honorable Mention goes to Atomix. His (or her, but would a woman call herself that?) for failing to differentiate the really rich (globalists, banksters, and their friends in government, from the simply rich, and the simply rich from the rest of us. Atomix doesn't get it that by really rich standards people like our own Frank Manello are just like the rest of us . Even Frank gets it. Thougoh Atomix probably deserves a higher rating, we are consoling him with an all-expense dinner date with Bev Ballen at the Waffle House on N. Cleveland followed by an all-night stay at the Crown Motel in exclusive Perry Heights. Just get her to her underpaid job on time the next morning.
Third Place goes to Ted Jackson (and we know who you really are, Ted, and have reported you to the real Ted Jackson.). If we were to follow your suggestions to the T, then we'd all be our own bosses and not have to worry about banks, unions, or bosses.
Lavrenti Beria in the meantime
First place: who else, but RobWolf for suggesting the National Guard be called in to finish the job they didn't in 1970. Demanding that the government murder his neighbors because they disagree with the government is The Canton Way. We are thrilled that Rob has the courage to voice his opinion.amongst a sea of dirty smelly pensioners overrunning the city.. Isn't that what Rob's right to free speech is about? Bolstered by this award, we expect great things from Mr. Wolf in the coming weeks.