The Right Wing howling over Occupy Wall Street makes me want to laugh. The protesters are Un-American and a mob. According to Glen Beck on his show last night we are coming to kill the Rich because they are successful. The truth is Occupy Wall Street has been completely peaceful as have the spin offs like Occupy D.C. The only incident of violence other than police enforcement that I know of was perpetrated by the Right Wing editor from the American Spectator as reported yesterday on this blog and many other places. American Spectator today is attempting to scrub their culpability clean and you can nolonger access the article Standoff in D.C. dated 10/08’2011 but there are even still shots and videos of the pepper spray incident at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
The Republicans claim that Occupy Wall Street and now Occupy Together want to punish success. The answer to that is no they are not, what we are protesting is the denial of opportunities to succeed for the rest of us no matter how much education we get or talent we may have. Since March 2011 alone non-agricultural jobs have declined by 911,000 jobs. Full time jobs have declined by 926,000 over just the last four months. We have 29.1 million real unemployed Americans with a real unemployment rate of 18.2 percent. Those of us who haven’t fallen into the Black Hole of unemployment, where many of us over 55 will never be back in the workforce again, have been taking lower paying jobs with no benefits or have become so called consultants, temps, and contract workers, all for declining wages and no benefits nor even guarantee’s over the long term that we will continue to have a job.
The Richest 1% of Americans have greater income than the bottom 50% of all Americans. But in addition we have a money dominated political system where 99% of us have no access to give our input or even get those who supposedly represent us to listen to our needs or to pose solutions that even benefit us. Wall Street this year expects higher bonuses than they got last year on a day we found out that incomes for the rest of us declined faster in our non-existant Recovery than they did during the so called Recession.
As others have said, the Republicans hypocrisy is absolutely laughable. The same Eric Cantor and the Right Wing hot air machine who are howling about the dangers from respectful totally peaceful protestors, never said anythig when Tea Party members carried guns to protests. They never said anything when Tea Party members even spit on members of Congress at one of their protests. And to hear the Republicans claim that pitting Americans against each other is dispicable despite the fact the whole Republican Southern strategy to win presidential elections has been predicated upon demonizing those who have a different view of justice and equity and makes their campaign seem like a Saturday Night Live skit not serious discourse.
Let me attempt to answer why there is no defined set of goals. In a real participatory as opposed representative democracy, all members have a right to their opinions. That is why I believe there are no manifestos. Each of us have a part to play as members of the 99% as well as having our own set of beliefs. In general, the protest has been focused on Wall Street because we see the seat of power as there in New York not Washington. Money has left us with the right to remain silent and let Wall Street money speak for us or take the only method left when Banks are to big to fail and the average citizen is not even big enough to be given the opportunity to succeed.