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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Occupy

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Springfield had its first major Occupy event yesterday. A local blogger has the best coverage. The SJ-R also took notice.

Not surprisingly, I have a few disjointed comments about the whole occupy movement.

One, thanks to the parade of emails, tweets, and blog posts the last couple weeks, it has not escaped me that a bunch of organizations and big wigs are trying to jump on this occupy movement. I'm leery. Or maybe cautious is a better word. If this truly is a grassroots movement, and I have no reason to doubt it is, then it's fine for certain organizations to lend their support. But I'm getting a sense that the motives of these organizations are not as wholesome as simply lending support. I don't know what it is, but I'm standing by to see what develops. I'm sure this will upset some people, especially considering I actually support some of these organizations.

Two, the constant berating and ridicule by the anti-occupy people of the occupy people is disingenuous and laughable. Hippies? Unwashed? Freeloaders? No goals? What do you know, except for what your right-wing talk radio overlords have drilled into your heads. Read the Declaration of the Occupation of New York City, and remember that these people are your family, your neighbors, your friends, and employees.

Finally, regarding the charge that the protesters are protesting the wrong thing by not being in front of the White House or Capitol Hill, well, you don't need to be a conspiracy theorist to realize that the banks and corporations own the White House, Congress and even the Supreme Court. So, yes, they are protesting the right thing.

Those are just my thoughts.

Posted by Marie at October 16, 2011 10:51 PM

Comments

Thanks for the view of "Occupy" from Sangamon County. We have three occupations going practically within shouting distance: San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley. Big surprise--it's been weeks since we've had a good protest here.

I have lost daily touch with Jon Stewart, but he had a pretty good take on the bashing of the Occupy Wall Street movement week before last: http://www.indecisionforever.com/2011/10/06/jon-stewart-on-occupy-wallt-street-vs-the-tea-party/?xrs=share_copy

Gorgeous picture of the Capitol, by they way. That sky is achingly blue.

Posted by: Dan Author Profile Page at October 17, 2011 12:17 AM

That "occupy" movement is worldwide now. I wonder what kind of staying power it will have. I'm skeptical of all of the Johnny-come-latelys but less so of the original occupiers now. I'm not entirely sure what the message is, though. If they're just saying they're tired of the filthy rich getting filthier, that's OK but ... so? How is this going to alleviate it?

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at October 17, 2011 1:27 PM

Thank you, Dan. The sky was gorgeous that day.

Posted by: Marie Author Profile Page at October 17, 2011 11:45 PM

Your first point is well-taken, Marie. Establishment types will always try to co-opt grassroots movements no matter the political leaning.

I'm having a little trouble with your second point though. It's not so much that I think you are wrong, at least in principle, but that berating and ridicule are simply part of the political playbook. Why should the OWS folks escape the same treatment that the Tea Party movement has been given for more than two years now?

Posted by: Dave E. Author Profile Page at October 18, 2011 9:05 PM

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