Protests used to mean something. We would protest Vietnam, equal rights, and equal liberties. I think that OWS peeps are onto something. Just as our forefathering protestors before us, we have real issues at the heart of this movement. Because these issues are not as overt as a sign outside a restroom door saying, “whites only” it doesn’t mean they aren’t extremely important. The difference is that our government no longer has our best interests at heart. They are far more concerned about justifying the huge donation they got from Corporation X. They are in debt to their campaign donors. It is dividing our country.
When Occupy Wall Street first began, I immediately thought of them as misguided. Why? Because they are protesting the rich in general. What good is that? I’m not mad at my neighbor because he has more money than I do! Just the same, I’m not mad at the stock broker on Wall Street if he is successful enough to drive a Lamborghini. Who we should be mad at is our elected officials for allowing our country to be bought off. Heck, they didn’t just allow it, they encouraged it. They paved the way for eliminating the Glass-Steagall Act, increased the potency of Super PAC’s, forced lenders to lend to unworthy candidates, etc. etc. In the never ending quest for campaign funding, they have sold our Republic’s soul.
I understand the frustrations of Occupiers, I just wish they focused their attention on the “fix.” If OWS decided they wanted real change, they can force it. If every occupy movement started communicating with each other, they could come up with common goals. They all agree that money has corrupted our system, so why not take up campaign finance reform. If they were to put together a piece of legislation and bring it to a Congressman/Senator that agrees with them, they could use their vast voting leverage to push it through congress. They could call on media to help spread a single message and reach every single state. The power of Twitter and Facebook is at their finger tips to help get this message across.
My message to you Occupiers: Stop talking about what is wrong, focus on a goal, coordinate your voting leverage, and try to get legislation into effect that “fixes” the issues.