The editorial below was in my paper yesterday. It really grabbed my attention. It was from Dale McFeatters of the Scripps News Service. They are a liberal leaning organization. Their editorials skew to the left. They are sick and tired of Occupy Wall Street. They say it is time to go home and work through the existing establishment rules, regulations and captured party system.
Mayor Bloomberg is an Independent. He is sick and tired of Occupy Wall Street. He destroyed their encampment site yesterday and is fed up with their tactics. He also happens to be a multi-billionaire whose wealth was created from selling his product to Wall Street.
The Mayor of Phila is an ultra-liberal who just won re-election in this bastion of Democratic politics with 75% of the vote. He went on TV this week and said he is fed up with Occupy Phila and their refusal to move when his City Hall construction project begins.
The Mayor of Oakland makes the Mayor of Phila look like a conservative. She ordered an all out attack on the Occupy Oakland encampment.
Fox News and the Wall Street Journal despise the Occupy Wall Street movement and spew lies and misinformation about the movement 24 hours per day. They are the mouthpiece of right wing neo-con Rupert Murdoch, a multi-billionaire. The NY Daily News has been highly critical of the movement and is owned by left leaning Mort Zuckerman.
The narrow minded people who are easily led by the MSM buy into the various storylines spun by a media that does not want this movement to gain traction. They are distracted by minutia when the big picture is so disgusting. They applaud as young people brave enough to fight the elements and make a stand against corruption are bludgeoned and imprisoned for exercising their right to free speech and public assembly, while remaining silent as Wall Street bankers committed the crime of the century – absconding with trillions of American middle class wealth.
Step back for a moment and think. Who is the enemy? Is it really the thousands of young people just starting their lives and lashing out against a system that is designed to benefit Wall Street bankers, Mega Corporations and politicians of both parties in Washington DC?
The enemy is clear to me. The entire financial/corporate/political establishment is corrupt, dysfunctional, and benefits only the ruling oligarchy of this country. The nation’s lifeblood has been sucked dry by these vampires. The entire system has been hijacked by the few. You can call it crony capitalism or corporate fascism, but the bottom line is that the average American is getting screwed and the people getting the most screwed are the Millenial generation that is being left with an un-payable debt burden, no jobs, and no hope for a better tomorrow. This is why they are enraged. This is why they are protesting.
The self righteous Boomer generation leaders who control the levers of power in Washington DC, Wall Street and the corporate boardrooms do not want the system to change. They like the system just fine. Therefore, they hate a movement that threatens their wealth, power, and status. Both parties are frightened by the Occupy movement. The left and the right have their talking points and the existing system works just fine as they both get enriched as the country plunges deeper into debt by $4 billion per day.
The non-thinking and willfully ignorant people of this country need to snap out of their daze and think for themselves. The endless propaganda spewed at them day after day has dulled their sense of right and wrong. The Occupiers have begun to open the eyes of some people. They have forced a discussion of issues the establishment wants to keep buried. Neither Bush or Obama has attempted to go after the criminals on Wall Street. That is the tell. Both parties are captured. The Dodd-Frank bill was a toothless 700 page waste of time written by bank lobbyists.
When I see people and pundits declare the Occupy Movement irrelevant, I laugh at their utter stupidity. Would hundreds of billions been transferred from the criminal Wall Street banks to credit unions without the Occupy Movement spurring this effort? Would the $5 per month debit card fee inflicted on Americans by the criminal Wall Street banks been withdrawn without the rage and anger of the Occupy Movement? The answer is NO. Wall Street hates having the Eye of Mordor focused on their criminal and immoral activities.
This movement will not die because police thugs kick them out of parks using their 100,000 rules, regulations, ordanances, laws, and curfews. A society that depends on so many laws to “protect” its citizens has descended into a moral cesspool. I don’t need laws to tell me right from wrong and moral from immoral. The heart of these protests is a system that is broken. There will be many different solutions offered by those that are angry, but the BIG PICTURE is that the system must be brought down. It will not fix itself. Tinkering on the edges will not fix it.
We are in the midst of a Fourth Turning. It is a chaotic and confusing time. Anger, misery and bloodshed are a given. The existing social order will be swept away. That is guaranteed. What replaces it will be up to us. I’ll support any movement that spits in the eye of the establishment. I’ll support people like Ron Paul that want to tear down the established order. Everyone will need to choose sides. There is no fence sitting during the Fourth Turning. I hope you are pissed off. I know I am.
Editorial: Occupy protesters have made their point. Now go home
In 1981, a group of demonstrators set up camp outside a British air base to protest the government’s decision to allow U.S. nuclear-tipped cruise missiles to be based there.
The Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp initially generated a great deal of publicity, inspired imitators in other countries, sporadically tried to block access to the air base, and perhaps reached its zenith in 1983 when as many as 70,000 people turned out for one of their demonstrations.
The women survived several attempts by police to evict them, and eventually the authorities left their tent cities alone, as long as the women, and they were almost all women, confined themselves to picketing, leafleting and chanting.
In 1991, thanks to a nuclear-arms treaty with the Soviet Union, the last of the cruise missiles were removed, taking with them, one would have thought, the reason for the camp. But the women stayed on for nine more years, expressing an increasingly vague and inchoate commitment to “peace.” Many of the Greenham women cited a sense of unity, sisterhood, shared purpose and, when pressed, little desire to return to the humdrum routine of their former lives.
One senses that, in accelerated fashion, the Occupy Wall Street movement has arrived at that point. On Wall Street and in cities across the country, the protesters have effectively made their point about income inequality — the 1 percent versus the 99 percent; lopsided tax breaks given to hedge-fund managers and the proclivity of Wall Streeters to lavishly reward themselves regardless of whether their performance merits it. And, yes, economically the great middle class has been stagnant for a decade or more.
As the Occupy movement drags on — the first encampment went up Sept. 17 — the issues that inspired it are receding in the public consciousness and the issue has increasingly become the encampments themselves.
There have been problems of noise, sanitation, isolated incidents of crime and violence and the inevitable run-ins with police, but generally the Occupy movement has been a benign one. But its time in the public square is over. Public space meant for the enjoyment of the many should not be arrogated to advance the interests of the few.
Go home. Find political candidates who share your views and go to work for them. Raise money. Man phone banks. Knock on doors. Help the poor and minorities and those with limited English get government IDs in states that have passed voter-suppression laws.
And don’t forget to vote yourself. It really works in this country. Always has.
(Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, http://www.scrippsnews.com)