Am an Occupier? I’m not physically protesting anywhere. I’m not camping anywhere. I am not resisting anything. But, I am fed up with the widening gap between the rich and the poor. I’m fed up that the same people who ruined the economy are donating huge sums of money to political campaign slush fund PACs and special interest groups so they can have the opportunity to ruin the economy again. I am fed up by the fact that those same people are doing everything they can to keep from paying their fair share while maintaining their own interests at the expense of the interests of those who can’t fight them. And I am fed up that politicians in Washington and in state legislatures across this country, including Minnesota, are doing very little to fix or combat any of it. I’m definitely one of the 99%.
Does that make me one of those Occupy protesters? Maybe not, but my Representative Pat Garofalo made a Twitter joke that made me think about being one.
@PatGarofalo tweeted: “So disappointed that #OccupyFarmington skipped out on my tax townhall with Commissioner Frans. 🙂 Great meeting about vision of state.” (Tweeted around 8:30 pm, 1/11/12)
I responded with my own tweet:
@Quist_Galaxie tweeted: “@PatGarofalo, I am probably about it for #OccupyFarmington, but I had church last night. Sorry to disappoint.” (Tweeted around 9:30 am 1/12/12)
I know Rep. Garofalo was making a joke, he makes a lot of jokes. And it’s good to have a sense of humor about politics, so I applaud him for that. But his joke got me wondering about my community of Farmington. How many people would join an Occupy Farmington event? I thought that maybe I would be it. Just me.
My tweet was also a bit of joking, but it had truth in it too. My political district that includes Farmington and Lakeville, is among the strongest Republican districts in the state. Strong Republican voters, but I don’t really think a lot of people pay very much attention to politics, and very few are involved. Sen. Dave Thomspon held a town hall meeting last year that was attended by just a few people. As a candidate myself, very little of my help came from people I didn’t already know in my district, little money, and fewer volunteers. I’m guessing it is not much different for the Republicans, it is probably a lot of the same people doing everything.
It is difficult to stay energized, and difficult to maintain interest. The same people can’t keep doing things, burn out is inevitable. I had big ideas, and got a lot of positive response from a lot of people, but it didn’t really amount to much. So Occupy Farmington? Yeah, maybe it is just me.