The Occupy Wall Street Movement
Part 1 of 4
The Republican Party: They Really Don’t Care
How many times over the past three or four years did I try to get his attention on a particular issue? I am talking about Sean Hannity, one of the many voices of the Republican Party over there at Fox News. How many times did I try to get him to listen to what I had to say? And how many times did he ignore me?
No, I am not an Occupy Wall Street protester, someone like Harrison Schultz, who Sean Hannity can excoriate on national television because of the repugnant actions of a few. But I am also not a sycophant, one of the many people at Fox News who applauded him and told him how great he is because of what he did to Harrison Schultz this past Thursday (May 3, 2012). Instead, I am one of the many people throughout America who support Harrison Schultz, and people like him, but cannot afford to either contribute to their cause or participate in their protests. If Sean Hannity wants to have a debate with someone then why doesn’t he have a debate with me? If he wants to understand why people like Harrison Schultz are protesting then why doesn’t he ask me?
I am a 52-year-old man who was fired from my job at DS Waters of North America after 9 years of service. I was not fired because I had done something wrong. Instead, I was fired because DS Waters of North America was more concerned about its bottom line, its profit margin, than it was about me. This became evident when, after an investigation, even the unemployment office declared that I had done nothing wrong. Its official ruling was that I had been fired ‘without cause’. In other words, I am one of the 99% of Americans who have been screwed, and continue to be screwed, by corporate America, and who Harrison Schultz and his Occupy Wall Street movement are now fighting for. Needless to say, I have not been able to find a job since. It is not for lack of trying. Instead, it is because there are no jobs to find, especially for a 52-year-old man. No one wants to hire a 52-year-old man, especially in this economy.
My unemployment has since run out. I collected my final check back in early January of this year (2012). I have also depleted my savings, a 401K that was worth $13,000 before the early withdrawal penalty was deducted, trying to keep up on my mortgage, my auto loan (on a 2010 Ford Fusion I purchased back on April 30, 2010, three months before I was fired by DS Waters), and other bills. In other words, because I have been unable to find a job since being fired by DS Waters almost 2 years ago I no longer have any money to pay my bills, including my mortgage. As of May 16th I will be in default. How long before I lose my home?
Making matters worse is the fact that my mother, who suffers from dementia, has been living with me for the past several years. Since I can no longer pay my mortgage, she will soon have to go and live with my sister and her husband, who are also struggling. Does Sean Hannity honestly think I want this to happen? Does he honestly think I want to lose my home and force my mother to live with my sister and her husband? I am so desperate for a job that I even tried to start my own business. Unfortunately, nothing came of it. I couldn’t get it off the ground.
I am not asking for another hand out. Lord knows, I wouldn’t want to make the people over there at Fox News, Sean Hannity included, even angrier than they already are. Instead, I am asking that the American people understand what happens when the Republican Party gets its way. I want them understand just how little the Republican Party cares about people like me.
Last Thursday’s (May 3,2012) episode of ‘Hannity’ demonstrated once again that Sean Hannity, one of the many voices of the Republican Party over there at Fox News, doesn’t care about people like me. Indeed, his motto seems to be, ‘If you cannot make it on your own, if you have to get help from the community around you, then you don’t deserve to make it.’
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