Not the answer

There’s something seriously wrong with society when people have nothing better to do with $50,000 than bet it on the outcome of the Super Bowl coin flip while so many others go hungry day in and day out.
It’s that type of obscene wealth which is fuelling the “Occupy” movement, which started on Wall Street in New York City and has since spread to cities across the United States, as well as here in Canada and around the globe.
Just how these “Occupy” protests play out is impossible to know. Perhaps they’ll fizzle as winter sets in, or maybe we’re witnessing the start of something akin to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s in the U.S. that brought about such fundamental change.
Making money—and having the freedom to do with it as one sees fit—is at the heart of our capitalist system, of course. But as the gap continues to widen between the filthy rich one percent and everyone else, it’s clear something has got to give sooner or later.
The only question is whether that change comes in a peaceful, orderly manner—or through violence and anarchy.
While it’s heartening to see so many stand up against a perceived injustice, there’s always a danger things will spiral out of control when people take to the streets, no matter how just the cause may be. Besides, in rallying around the cry of “power to the people,” have people forgotten they already hold the power?
It’s called an election: an opportunity every four years or so to demand accountability of our politicians and turf out those who don’t heed our concerns or solve our issues.
The truth is we, and we alone, have allowed that power to wither away by choosing not to vote; by sitting on the sidelines instead of saying “enough is enough” with our ballot.
Occupying Wall Street, or any other target, may vent our collective frustration but it is not the answer. The best option is to show our power the right way: in the voting booth.