Wednesday, October 5, 2011

We're the people; they can't lick us #weareone #occupywallstreet #occupy #ows

One of my favorite passages in all of American literature is this passage delivered by Jane Darwell, playing Ma Joad, in the great film "Grapes of Wrath" based on the John Steinbeck novel:
Well, Pa, a woman can change
better than a man.

A man lives sort of, well, in jerks.

Baby's born or somebody dies,
and that's a jerk.

He gets a farm or loses it, and that's a jerk.

With a woman it's all in one flow
like a stream.

Little eddies and waterfalls,
but the river, it goes right on.

A woman looks at it that way.

[Well, maybe, but we're sure taking a beating.]

I know.

That's what makes us tough.

Rich fellas come up, and they die,
and their kids ain't no good and they die out.

But we keep coming.

We're the people that live.

They can't wipe us out. They can't lick us.

We'll go on forever, Pa, 'cos we're the people.
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