“I Am Not A Hippie,” said the sign at the Occupy Richmond General Assembly this weekend.
That pretty much sums up my point of view.
I pretty much hate hippies* — except for one person I know who is really cool — and my involvement in the Occupy movement comes from my general anger at the current American political system.
Unlike a lot of Occupiers, I am something of an idealist when it comes to the basic foundations of the American body politic.
I like money. I like the Fed. I like the stock market. I love the Constitution.
I believe all those things and at the same time want change. I want a real liberal-leftist movement in America.
What I want is America to roll back much of the Reagan Revolution, or at least the mentality behind it. Before Reagan’s election, one could call themselves a “liberal” and not feel bad about it. Now, you have to call yourself a “progressive” just to get people to listen to you.
Taxes are not inherently evil. I do not what high taxes, I just want a progressive income tax that taxes the wealthy what they can afford.
So that’s my platform.
*I believe there to be two types of “hippies.” “Real” hippies who follow John Lennon and are willing to fight for what they believe in and “neo” hippies who just smoke pot and seem not to bath on a regular basis. Most of the people who consider themselves hippies who are a part of Occupy movement by definition are part of the former. At least they’re doing *something* rather than smoke pot. 😉