Made up of many contingents from the unemployed to minority groups to women’s groups to LGBTQ community members to disability rights activists and many other disenfranchised, historically oppressed, and marginalized groups, the March On Wall Street South reflects the makeup of the people that powered the March on Wall Streets and Occupy Wall Street-representatives of the 99% Official America has forgotten. These are people who got foreclosed on. These are people who got kicked out on their ear when the economy tanked in 2008. These are people who were last hired and first fired. These are people who were bullied for being ‘different.’ These are people who were told again and again that they didn’t fit.

In short, these were the real representatives of the real United States-the 99% that the Matrix of the Global Military-Industrial Economic Capital Complex has forgotten.

Pressing for equal work for equal pay, global peace, demilitarization, greater environmental protections, and other real bread and butter Main Street issues conveniently ‘forgotten’ by the corporate-controlled Mass Media, the March On Wall Street South captured the imagination and attention of segments of social media. Just like the Arab Spring which revealed the deep fissures present in Arab societies, the March On Wall Street South’s social media presence exposed the shiny lies being trotted out by the government regarding America going through a recovery and other such nonsense.

In very immediate and unvarnished terms, the March On Wall Street South highlighted, for all the world to see, the very real issues that the Powers That Be in the United States have kept hidden under the rug for so long.

The Way Forward

As the wage and income gap continues to widen and as more and more college graduates find themselves jobless after graduation, it is increasingly becoming clear that the thin, plastic lies and bogus assumptions that kept the United States together for so long are becoming unraveled. Now, more than ever, we are left to confront the sad and unconformable reality that the American Dream has always been a dream.

Now that there the country’s collective credit card has run out and all the cheap cash needed to maintain the illusion of American egalitarianism has evaporated like a midnight fever’s sweat, we are left with the reality that America is broke and has become an international joke. It’s paper money, historically backed by conquest, plunder, and pillage, is now increasingly worthless. From this teetering shambles, the March On Wall Street South shows the way for America going forward.

What is the way ahead? Simple. Equality and Opportunity. America has the raw ingredients, the machinery, and the people to deliver jobs to the jobless, food for the hungry, and a living wage to all people, documented or not, living within her borders. Kristie Santana of Wedding Planner’s Handbook has been often quoted as saying, “Freedom is not an inalienable, God-given right. It is a privilege that everyone must fight to deserve every single day.” This is the real American Dream-Inclusion. While the March On Wall Street South was written off by the press as small or inconsequential, the vapid mainstream press conveniently ignored the key point of the protest.

The point is that the opinions, the demands, the issues raised by the March On Wall Street South were issues people on Main Street face daily. Daily, people from Oregon to Florida face a brutal police state out to harass, beat, and, oftentimes, kill people who happened to be born with the ‘wrong’ color. Daily, people all over the United States have to stare the possibility of struggling and scraping by because they can’t find jobs that match their training and educational background.

Daily, people from the land between one shining sea to the other have to confront the sad reality that they can never be accepted because they love a person of the same gender as them. Daily, people from all over the United States, have to confront the oppression of rigged interest rates, devalued money, and an economic system that’s a cruel farce played on those without connections. That’s the reality the March On Wall Street South called out.

Make no mistake about it, the March On Wall Street South laid the seeds for a great political reawakening in the United States. It is only a matter of time until America finally gains the collective courage to say ‘enough is enough’ and stop raining multimillion bonuses on CEOs whose only ‘accomplishments’ are to lay off minimum wage employees, slash employee benefits, and ship jobs abroad.

It is only a matter of time until America changes the rules to finally favor the 99%. This is not a prediction. This is merely a mathematical description of the days to come. Let’s just hope such changes are brought about through common sense, a shared sense of common citizenship, and goodwill. Otherwise, armed struggle has and is always an option for oppressed majorities the world over.

Just like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, the March On Wall Street South was the early warning sing sent by working men and women from all walks of life, all nationalities, all races, all religions, and all sexual orientations that something is fundamentally SICK about America. And they couldn’t have chosen a better place to make their voices heard.

Held in Charlotte North Carolina, the site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the March On Wall Street South sought to call out the Corporate Beasts that truly run the Democratic party. By pointing out the rank hypocrisy of America’s self-proclaimed ‘party of the little guy,’ demonstrators with the March On Wall Street South made it known to the world at large that not all of America is taken in by the fake rhetoric of the Democratic Party.

Sure, the DNC likes to put on a good show by making sure the delegates in its conventions ‘looked like America.’ But beyond cosmetic appearances, the real movers and shakers all belong to the same group of power brokers that run that other monstrosity rotting America from the inside out-The Republican Party.

American politics has gotten so bad, so rotten, so fundamentally corrupt, that regardless of the rhetoric of the duopoly that runs American politics, the results are the same for people of the wrong color, the wrong sexual orientation, the wrong class, the wrong background-meaning 99% of the population. This all blew up to the surface in the rage, anger, and defiant hope shown by protesters during the March On Wall Street South in 2012.

Real representation, real issues, a real People’s Movement

Taking a cue from the desperation made manifest by the Occupy Wall Street movement and strikes from companies like Merck and FA Academy, the March On Wall Street South sought to call out the DNC and the corporate powers based in the South that real Americans, the 99% of the country, are sick and tired of being played for fools. They will no longer be fooled by tokens who supposedly ‘look’ like them and who ‘share’ their struggles yet behave very much like the bloodless and soulless corporate robots that formulate the Republican and Democratic parties’ shared agendas.

They will no longer morosely play along as docile sheep led to slaughter as both Democrats and Republicans push the US to war after war in an ever fruitless and often contrived fake search for ‘terrorists.’ The marchers of the March On Wall Street South signaled that they will no longer get fooled by the fake bailouts as the government throws chump change to Americans in the form of ‘extended’ unemployment insurance as corporate fat cats reap low-tax multimillion dollar bonus after bonus.

These are the real issues that the March On Wall Street South brought home in 2012. DNC or not, these issues remain salient and powerful to this very day. Why? These are the issues that have turned the United States into a bloodthirsty corporate machine that grinds down and spits out sovereign nations’ independence in its blind, mindless rush for more and more profit.

As the March On Wall Street South showed the world, not all Americans are blind to the shenanigans of the 1%. There are real people with their eyes wide open who are willing, ready, and able to look the Beast of corporate America straight in the eyes and call out its dehumanizing lies.

As America continues to grapple with a weak recovery, one thing is becoming very obvious to the rank-and-file American: something is obviously very broken with the American Dream. What else would explain the criminally obscene inequality among Americans where you have CEOs that make in a day what their average employee makes in a year? What else would explain the fact that regardless of how many rose-colored economic figures wafting out of Washington DC, American labor force participation is the lowest it has been in over 35 years? More and more Americans are scared to start their own businesses, reports Ink’d Academy, as startup rates over the past 15 years have plummeted.

What else would explain that record numbers of Americans are becoming Dot Com millionaires when an alarming percentage of Americans are going on food stamps? There is something fundamentally wrong with our economy and, sadly, this isn’t a fluke. This is actually to be expected. After all, any economic system based on exploitation, humiliation, and dehumanization will, at the very least, produce broken dreams, deep levels of personal disappointment, and, yes, alienation. No. This isn’t a surprise at all. In fact, considering how the odds are stacked against the common working person, the LGBTQ community member, the member of a minority group, the disabled, and other marginalized individuals, its a minor surprise that things aren’t worse.

The reality is that capitalism is built on the ground up bones of your unfulfilled dreams, your dashed and broken potential, and your exploitation. Thankfully, people are increasingly getting fed up and have decided to speak up and point out the fact that, yes, the Emperor wears no clothes. This is why the March on Wall Street South was so meaningful and significant.