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  •  Why did it take the OWS movement so long to (4+ / 0-)

    head to Washington D.C.? Wall Street is corrupt, but they get away with what they get away with because of Congress.
    I have always been of the mind that with an 11% approval rating, occupying Congress until they get something done on the jobs front, would give this movement a 99% approval rating, and force our elected officials to get off their asses and do something.
    I am hesitant to say anything postive about the Tea Party, but I think that was a reason for their early success, they took to fight to the "elected officials" whether it was in town hall meetings or at the National Mall. These folks are not working for us, they are working for the 1% and it is about time the 99% lets them know we are on to them, and "we are mad as hell and we won't take it anymore".

    •  OWS has been in Washington DC (36+ / 0-)

      OWS has two encampments in DC, one near K Street and the other I believe has moved a few times, but is more Anti-War oriented. I only was able to visit the OccupyDC location at McPherson square, but they are there and strong, good warm tents and all.

      I believe the national focus should NOT be on DC and politics alone. This is very much an economic justice movement as much as it is civil rights orientated, and therefore political, but EVERYBODY is quick to blame DC, and we must remind everyone who buys DC, who almost all of our politicians really work for, and that is the CEO's and Boardrooms of the publicly traded multinational corporations represented on Wall Street.

      Though I agree with your assessment of the David Koch funded protests placing pressure on politicians, and believe that we should and MUST do the same, lets not forget that the beltway crooks were eager and compliant to cave in to the David Koch funded protests, whereas we must place pressure in a non violent showing of civil disobedience every where we can, not only the corrupt politicians, but in more spheres than one, and thus I hope that we can achieve more than one move, but a movement. I have to remind myself, this is not a race, there is no need to sprint, this is a movement

      #OccupyWallStreet ~ I will protest when and where I damn well please. I have the constitution in my pocket. That is my permit.

      by MinistryOfTruth on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 10:00:40 AM PST

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      •  Jesse's also a regular guest/contributor (13+ / 0-)

        on Portland prog talk show Mad as Hell in America with Adam Klugman (Adam was the creative director for the Mad as Hell Doctors tour for single payer in '09 and he's got a couple of fellow kossacks working for him!)

        Jesse will be on TONIGHT at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST and you can listen at the link.

        Adam will also be speaking with Dan Siegel, former legal adviser to Mayor Quan on his resignation, and the show runs from 3-6 p.m. PST.

      •  Excellent, excellent point: (8+ / 0-)
        ...we must remind everyone who buys DC, who almost all of our politicians really work for, and that is the CEO's and Boardrooms of the publicly traded multinational corporations represented on Wall Street.

        And, yes, some of those "bought" politicians are Democrats!

      •  Agreed, MOT... (9+ / 0-)

        Blaming the government is the GOPer/RW/conservo-Bagger's territory and it would be a mistake for OWS to focus on goverment-as-the-problem.

        Despite the fact that the GOPers, Blue Dogs and Dem enablers in government are a symptom of the problem, it is the Wall Street puppet masters pulling the strings.

        May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 10:56:04 AM PST

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        •  Only because they can, they have the money and (0+ / 0-)

          that is what those elected officals are after the money they will do and say anything for money. I disagree, those in government who are being controlled are not a symptom, they are the problem.

      •  I marched with Occupy DC -- McPherson Sq branch (8+ / 0-)

        and they're terrific. I've been sending supplies to them (through my daughter who's an activist). But the national focus is rightly on OWS, where it all started and where the money/power resides.
        Also, the D.C. police have been smart and well-behaved, so there's not much reason for the media to pay attention since no one's being tear-gassed or beaten up in D.C.  I'm proud of the D.C. police and hope they keep behaving this way.

        If, in our efforts to win, we become as dishonest as our opponents on the right, we don't deserve to triumph.

        by Tamar on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 11:53:16 AM PST

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      •  I hear what you are saying but, (1+ / 0-)
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        if elected officials could not be bought and paid for by Wall Street and corporations, we might then have the economic justice we are seeking. They are the ones who make the laws and regulations, and  they now make them so they benefit those in the 1%. They will only respond to pressure as they did with the tea baggers, Republicans and Democrats alike.
        The main focus and largest crowd has been NYC and Wall Street, and while they are crooks and liars, they need elected officials to give them cover. The elected officials are just as unaccountable as those on Wall Street. At least those on Wall Street get up every day, work long hours in order to earn the money they do, the same can not be said for our elected officials. Those on Wall Street are allowed by the elected officials to break the rules, as long as they pay the price.
        While the movement may still be strong, it is fast losing favor with the American people, who are impatient. I think there would be more support by all Americans if the focus was D.C. , K Street, and the Capital.
        While I very much admire you and the committment you have shown, I have to disagree. It is a race and there is a need to sprint. Far too many are suffering, while our elected officials get richer by the day, they are so disconnected from the rest of us, but they have the power and the voice we are all lacking.
        I was a huge supporter early on, but sooner or later a movement needs to have a leader and clear goals or it loses momentum. I hope I am wrong, but I think I may feel the way most Americans feel, not just those here, but most Americans of all interests. The movement needs to do something more than simply occupy. The movement needs to have rules of it's own, and simply keeping it non-violent is not enough.
        I think perhaps you should move outside of the movement and hear what people are saying. When you are surrounded by like minded people 24/7, you view gets a bit skewed. There are all kinds of people with all kinds of ideas and agendas in the 99%, and some of them want more done to remedy the situation than just pitching tents and occupying a park. That is just my humble opinion, but I am out there working my ass off each and every day to keep my head above water. I don't have the time to occupy anything, nor do I have the time to wait. I love our President and don't see anyone else who I want to be in that position, but as far as everyone else, with very few exceptions, I would like to see them all replaced with the next election. That is the change I am hoping for. However unlike the tea baggers, I don't want them replaced with corporate flunkies as the tea baggers did, I want them replaced with folks who really represent the American people, the 99% of the American people, and if this movement can't do that, then what good is it?

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