Posted by: stiltsville | August 22, 2011

Springtime in America

revolution now

Kendall Spring?

It all started with a fruit seller in Tunisia. Mohamed Bouazizi, after mistreatment by authorities, appealed to the governor to return his fruit scales. He was ignored, set himself on fire in front of the governor’s office and died about three weeks later.

Bouaziz’ death highlighted the corruption, rising food prices and unemployment weighing heavily on a relatively well-educated, technically literate youth. The resulting protests drove out Tunisia’s president after 23 years in power.

Within two weeks the discontent spread to Egypt and another long-time leader was vanquished. Next the anger spread to Bahrain, Syria, and Yemen There were even protests in Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Kuwait, Lebanon, and  Saudi Arabia. Today even the youth of Israel are protesting the rising cost of living. Libya and Syria are now in full-scale civil war.

Next came London where 4 nights of rioting paralyzed the city. In Germany, arsonists burned BWMs and Mercedes as protest.

Now flash mob violence has broken out in Philadelphia, Cleveland and near Washington DC. The social and economic problems that caused Mohamed Bouaziz to set himself afire in protest are the same social and economic conditions plaguing American youth from sea to shining sea.

The photo above is not from Israel, Yemen or Libya. That’s a fence right here in Kendall, next to Miami-Dade Community College. America’s business and political leadership needs to stop worrying solely about the next quarterly stock report, the next election. If we are not building a country that provides ample opportunity for the next generation, we have failed.

The so-called “job creators” on Wall Street are sitting on $2 trillion in cash. They need to start creating some jobs, right now. Shit’s going to hit the fan in about a year.

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