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Occupy Wall Street’s Scripted SOTU Response ‘Embargoed’ By PR Company

#OWS today.The dull evidence of a typical hack political campaign is the “embargoed” speech or statement sent out many hours before the event it is supposed to address. And now we’ve got this email from a big P.R. firm claiming that the Occupy Wall Street response to Obama’s State of the Union speech is contained within this mass-mailed marketing material. That whole “mic check” thing was getting a bit stale even before it was written into a press release and sent to the nation’s political media with the dumb demand that it be kept from the common people’s eyes until after Barack Obama read his prepared comments.

So, for what it’s worth — very little, by the looks of it — here is the script that the Occupy Wall Street political organization will follow tonight, when they act like they are responding to Obama’s SOTU:

Occupy Wall Street’s Response to SOTU. The State of the 99%

This 2012 “State of the 99%” response to the State of the Union will be delivered by a group of Occupiers assembled outside in a well-lit spot at McPherson Square following the conclusion of the President’s State of the Union address and/or the Tea Party response. The presentation will unfold this way: one participant will begin in the center/front of the group, in the middle of the camera frame, surrounded by the others. That person will deliver the first line of the speech, and will then be echoed by the People’s Mic. That person will then read their second line, and as the People’s Mic echoes the second line, that person will move off to the side and rejoin the group, while another person will step into the center spot to read the next two lines, with each line again echoed by the People’s Mic. This will continue, cycling through the crowd, with each person reading two lines and being echoed by the People’s Mic.

Mic check! [mic check] Mic check! [mic check]
Fellow Americans, good evening! [Fellow Americans, good evening!]

We are men and women of the 99 percent
Many of us have spent many months at Occupy Wall Street

and at other Occupations across the country and around the world
We are here tonight to report on the State of the 99 percent in America

Of course most Americans know the state of the 99 percent very well
But sometimes the one percent, on Wall Street and in Washington, need a reminder

Financially, the state of the 99% is not strong
That is an understatement.

Never in our lifetimes have so many hard-working Americans
Faced so many difficulties, so many uncertainties, so many indignities

In Occupy camps around the country
We find Americans from all walks of life

[3 personal story couplets]

Some of us have had it rougher than others
And it turns out living in camps is no picnic either

But we do not give up easily
And we take inspiration from the brave Americans who came before us

From Dr. King, who gave his life fighting for economic justice
From the Suffragettes, who insisted the voice of women be heard

From all of those brave or foolish enough to believe in America’s defining idea

theidea of democracy

That we are all created equal

And we all have an equal voice in shaping the laws we all live by

America
Let’s be honest.

When our courts tell us corporations have more right to speak than we the people do
That’s not democracy.

When pepper spray and midnight raids make a joke of the 1st Amendment right to assemble.
That’s not democracy.

When defrauding clients, blowing up our economy, forging thousands of documents and seizing people’s homes illegally is not a crime
but protesting all that is a crime

That’s not democracy.
Our America is not a democracy, not yet.

We all know why: Wall street owns Washington.
Bribery is legal, and the laws we live by are for sale to the highest bidder

That is why our government serves the very rich and powerful
at the expense of the rest of us

It protects the bonuses of bankers and Wall Street executives,
while failing to keep hard-working families in their homes;

It shields offshore tax havens for the very wealthy,
while letting our bridges, schools, and infrastructure fall apart;

There have been dark periods in our nation’s history, when corruption became the norm
when grave injustices stood in the way of America living up to its best ideals.

But time and time again, Americans stepped up to take back their government and correct our course.
Today Occupy Wall Street and the 99% movement step into this proud American tradition.

But fear not, one percent!
We are not here just to help the 99% at your expense.

We are here to help you too.
For when you’ve begun to think rigging the game is fair game

When you regard hard-working Americans as undeserving of a middle-class life
and unworthy of the profit their own work creates

When you treat the people who build your buildings and serve your food and raise your children and patrol your streets
without respect

You have not only lost touch with our humanity
You have lost touch with your own humanity

You need to find it again, for everyone’s sake
Real democracy will do you good

We are the 99%
We are here to create the democracy we have all been promised.

We are the 99%.
Our finances are weak, but our spirit is strong.

We are the 99%.
Our spring is coming.

Meh. Another People Power Movement reduced to banal hackery and PR email blasts.

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181 comments

    1. PsycWench

      I can't tell why it's supposed to be a response, given that it was written completely before the SOTU. At least the Republican/tea bag response puts on a show of having listened to the president before reciting the talking points.

    1. woodsboyAK

      Once that mic-check nonsense starts, I check out. There is no better way that to make your point pointless by stretching it out to 5x longer than it should be.

  1. MozakiBlocks

    The presentation will unfold this way: one participant will begin in the center/front of the group, in the middle of the camera frame, surrounded by the others. That person will deliver the first line of the speech, and will then be echoed by the People’s Mic. That person will then read their second line, and as the People’s Mic echoes the second line, that person will move off to the side and rejoin the group, while another person will step into the center spot to read the next two lines, with each line again echoed by the People’s Mic. This will continue, cycling through the crowd, with each person reading two lines and being echoed by the People’s Mic.

    Do what to who now?

    1. Man0nTheStreet

      If there's no official Wonkette response, we can always strap on pig noses and take part in the official GOoPer program of loud oinking and farting noises.

  2. BaldarTFlagass

    one participant will begin in the center/front of the group, in the middle of the camera frame, surrounded by the others. That person will deliver the first line of the speech, and will then be echoed by the People’s Mic. That person will then read their second line, and as the People’s Mic echoes the second line, that person will move off to the side and rejoin the group,….

    We used to do this in 1st or 2nd grade.

    Row row row your boat,
    gently down the stream,
    etc etc etc

  3. el_chupacabra

    something tells me this will be annoying to listen to after the first two lines. Message lost due to hipsters being hipsters. Next time mention Tebow.

    1. Tundra Grifter

      Joe [not his real name] the Plumber [not his real occupation.]

      Sounds like a Mafia cognomen, doesn't it?

  4. BaldarTFlagass

    "Meh. Another People Power Movement reduced to banal hackery and PR email blasts."

    Rilly, man. Isn't this what happened to the Tea Party? Well, I mean, if the Tea Party hadn't been a manufactured movement from the very beginning?

  5. Extemporanus

    I can't decide what I hate
    more about this

    dumb poem:

    Its theme, its
    structure, or the fact that

    it doesn't
    even fucking

    rhyme.

    </Walken>

  6. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Has to still be more interesting than the Tea Party Response. And at least they will be looking at the camera.

  7. SudsMcKenzie

    That was alot of words, I dont know what the fuck you said, or if there was a point in there. I even read it twice, because I "started early" today.

  8. SorosBot

    Somebody really needs to help the Occupy protesters sell their message better; by having separate people read word of the speech, the whole thing will be garbled, chaotic and incomprehensible. Try, like, one person per sentence; that could actually work.

  9. imissopus

    Speaking of SOTU responses, Herman Cain is soliciting suggestions on Twitter for what he should put in his official TP response to the SOTU tonight. Use the hashtag #CainResponse to send him some suggestions (his Twitter account is @THEHermanCain.) For some reason, "Give me capitalism or give me death" is extremely popular and seems to be used unironically.

  10. UW8316154

    "This will continue, cycling through the crowd, with each person reading two lines and being echoed by the People’s Mic."

    Oh for Christ's sake, it's going to be long, boring and incomprehensible.

    I cannot believe that this is the same movement that was so classy at Davis during Katehi's silent evening walk to her car.

    1. Chichikovovich

      They had meant to do exactly the same thing at Davis that they are going to do here, but by the time everyone had figured out the directions Katehi had already driven off.

  11. bumfug

    I'd rather listen to a demented crackhead yell at the voices in his head than hear another one of those annoying fucking mic-checks.

  12. BaldarTFlagass

    I'll be anxious to get the read-ahead for the OWS response to the Super Bowl. I'm sure it will be more compelling than what I will have to hear from those idiots on the NFL Network. Go Pats!

  13. MissTaken

    You have not only lost touch with our humanity
    You have lost touch with your own humanity

    How does OWS know about me touching my humanity?

      1. chicken_thief

        Hey, I've never touched MissT's humanity! Tell my wife, MissT, before she gets the round chambered!!!

  14. Chichikovovich

    If the success of the OWS revolution means that we have to listen to by-the-numbers boilerplate like that all the time, I'm voting for Gingrich.

  15. Chichikovovich

    Also, I observe that OWS rather cravenly avoids any mention at all of the plague of fetus-eating that is sweeping the country.

  16. actor212

    That person will deliver the first line of the speech, and will then be echoed by the People’s Mic.

    Wait. The Rock will be delivering the response?

    Awesome!

  17. OneYieldRegular

    I predict that this will be especially effective if read by people with chalkboard-scraping, strident voices who conclude by blaming everything on the Fed and Zionism.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      I'm an only child myself, but everyone I knew growing up that had brothers and sisters, they were always fucking with each other, beating on each other, teasing each other, making each other cry, etc.

  18. widestanceshakedown

    If only this was read aloud by Lieberman and Pawlenty, it could really. . . .zzzzzzzzzzz/thump.

  19. elviouslyqueer

    So, couplets, eh? Oh, if I must

    There once were Occupiers who said
    "Hey POTUS, off with your head!"

    After Barry's SOTU,
    They all shouted "Fuck You!"

    And soon occupied Gitmo instead.
    Ode, ode, ode.

      1. SorosBot

        And here I thought it was "We are the 99%, offspring are coming" and figured the hippies had forgotten their condoms.

  20. SayItWithWookies

    But fear not, one percent!
    We are not here just to help the 99% at your expense.
    We are here to help you too….

    You have not only lost touch with our humanity
    You have lost touch with your own humanity
    You need to find it again, for everyone’s sake
    Real democracy will do you good

    That sound you hear is drawbridges being pulled up at 1% of the households in America.

  21. WiscDad

    Hippies did the same thing in the sixties, execpt it was…
    Kumbaya my lord [Kumbaya]
    Kumbaya my lord [Kumbaya]
    Kumbaya my lord [Kumbaya]
    Oh Lord [Kumbaya]

    Then they went over to campus and blew up the Science Building

  22. DerrickWildcat

    When I was a little kid I used to think poetry was gross and for girls. Then one day the English teacher read the words to War Pigs to show us that it was really poetry because it rhymed. He was right, Masses rhymed with Masses. So now I kind of like poetry because songs are really poetry with guitars except for some songs that don't have any words at all and they are all stupid.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      "some songs that don't have any words at all and they are all stupid."

      Derrick, you need to go back and listen to "Peaches en Regalia" or "Beck's Bolero" again.

    1. Jukesgrrl

      Did you see him yesterday? He was talking about Romney going after Gingrich in a more forceful way and added, "I reminds me of a politician in England who said his opponent's rebuttals were like being attacked by a dead sheep."

      1. Limeylizzie

        I love him, I never used to, but if you watch him he is so understated and snarky, he is probably on Wonkette.

        1. Jukesgrrl

          I think MSNBC is giving him more leeway than ABC did.He's very droll and he has more knowledge about international issues than the other ones do which is why I watch.

    2. Gainsbourg69

      I've caught his show a few times and I like the way he insults people in that British manner of his.

      1. Limeylizzie

        We are so fucking excellent at that, dentistry and haute cuisine-not soi much, but sarcasm we have down to an art form.

  23. SudsMcKenzie

    *achem*, as someone who stood out in a godamn WI winter for weeks, watching crowds go from a few thousand to 100k. Watching Doctors and Nurses risk their careers handing out "notes", and a tiny recall petition stand at the Capital steps start (none of us thought had a chance) it pains me to see these people as posers.

    I love that they have added the income disparity to the dialogue, but for fucks sake do something else than digging igloos at Davos.

    This is what we are doing http://mirrors.5nines.com/stream/ , and we still have an uphill battle.

    *steps off soap box*

    1. Extemporanus

      Thank you, Suds.

      And thank you, too, patriotic volunteer Rainman army counting away quietly, on cam, for freedom.

  24. coolhandnuke

    A bootleg tape of the greatest hits from an occupied port-a-potty at Burning Man is finer dining music than this occupied muzak.

  25. Fare la Volpe

    You couldn't sell a poem this shitty on Etsy, even if you sprinkled it with glitter and labeled it as "upcycled."

  26. mrblifil

    I thought no individuals spoke for the movement. Someone is in need of a flaming tire collar of one variety or another. Maybe we'll be nice and start them off with a bicycle wheel…

  27. BigDumbRedDog

    As a member of the 99%, I am way too busy eating fetuses and drinking rubbing alcohol to read all that shit.

  28. Mumbletypeg

    Pointless; an exercise in futility. All the 1% ever needed to know about the Occupy movement they learned from that newspaper photo of the cop in Oakland petting an occupy-orphaned kittycat.

  29. kissawookiee

    I had a root canal this morning, which you might think promises to make the SOTU far more entertaining than usual, but because Jebus hates me I can't take painkillers any more potent than ibuprofen without violently puking. I haz a sad.

  30. real_dc_native

    Hey, it's not Miley Cyrus but sadly #OWS reminds me of this:

    You say you want a revolution
    Well, you know
    We all want to change the world
    You tell me that it's evolution
    Well, you know
    We all want to change the world

    —–

    You say you got a real solution
    Well, you know
    We'd all love to see the plan
    You ask me for a contribution
    Well, you know

    ——-

    You say you'll change the constitution
    Well, you know
    We all want to change your head
    You tell me it's the institution
    Well, you know
    You better free you mind instead

  31. Wonderthing

    “Every American community has varying shades of political opinion. One of the shadiest of these is the liberal. Ten degrees to the left of center in good times. Ten degrees to the right of center if it affects them personally.”

    –Phil Ochs

  32. ingloriousbytch

    OWS, I love you, but it's time for you assholes to stop acting like mimes and start acting like a real political movement. Cut the street theatre and get behind some policy changes.

    1. GOPCrusher

      Agreed. It reminds me of the entire Obama Administration up to this point, the wingnuts screaming about socialism and fundamentally changing America, so they've been going out of their way not to piss the wingnuts off.
      Maybe the time has come for the OWS Movement to start showing up with some ropes and swinging some iron around to give the 1% the idea that we are getting tired of fucking around.

      1. ingloriousbytch

        I don't even need tire irons (yet). How about having a person deliver the OWS repsonse? A single person delivering a coherent statement instead of this performance art people's mic bullshit. It wouldn't have to be a politician (although I think it's time we made use of Robert Reich, Buddy Roemer or Bernie Sanders). I know that there have been benefits to the fluid nature of OWS but it's time to evolve into something besides hippie mobs. This kind of stuff just begs to be mocked. We've changed the conversation now let's get to work on changing the SYSTEM.

        My apologies for the lack of snark but I hate seeing OWS blow an opportunity like this with lame theatrics.

        1. Gainsbourg69

          I disagree. OWS changed the conversation without any money or politicians behind them. The Tea Bagger movement, on the other hand, is all but dead because they tried to change the GOP from the inside and ended up compromising themselves. Now every body hates them and they're unhappy with the people they've put in office. Perhaps staying in the periphery is the best thing for OWS if they want to get the whole of the 99% on side, no?

  33. Guppy

    If there's one thing I learned, it's to never allow anybody with any sort of political agenda to get a hold of my email address. They're all well aware that they don't qualify as "spam" under the law, and they all think they're so clever

  34. DahBoner

    Tell us in one sentence, what you're going to tell us.

    Tell us, in one or two sentences.

    Tell us what you just told us.

    4 sentences, tops, to explain anything, verbose, boring windbags…

  35. Nesnora

    Better idea: Collectively shit on a print-out of Newt, Mitts, Ron and Santorum in a lemon party photoshop, followed by a moment of silence.

  36. Gainsbourg69

    They may never get the whole of the 99% on side, but the message they're trying to put out there would resonate with a lot more people if they avoid choosing blue over red.

    Americans for prosperity helped the tea party focus on more strategic goals and helped them achieve some great results. But OWS dominates the conversation now because the baggers became a part of the political realm and now that they're on the inside they've been sold out by the very politicians they pinned their hopes on.

    Bill Maher, Bernie Sanders, Robert Reich and Buddy Romer have been at it for years and they have never changed the conversation like OWS has been able to. Believe me, it feels counter intuitive to say this, but why not let these people keep on doing their thing and see how it plays out?

    The teabaggers are calling the shots? That's news to me. If they were calling the shots Michele Bachmann would still be in the race.

  37. Negropolis

    I, for one, will not criticise the spirit of the movement. When this thing kicks back into high-gear when everything unthaws in the spring, their supposed allies won't be laughing.

  38. ttommyunger

    Will the left ever learn what the Right has perfected? Go for the jugular, keep it short, keep it simple. Jeesh!

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