Author Barbara Ehrenreich Disgusted That Obama, Democrats Didn't Stop Raid
Author Barbara Ehrenreich ("Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America") accused President Barack Obama and the Democratic establishment of betraying the Occupy movement on Tuesday by failing to stop the evictions from Zuccotti Park, The Guardian reported.
"One of the appalling things here is that there are so many Democratic mayors involved in these crackdowns or in Bloomberg's case, someone who is seen as a liberal," Ehrenreich said in a telephone interview. "And where in all this was Obama? Why couldn't he have picked up the phone at some point a couple of weeks ago and called the mayors of Portland and Oakland and said: 'go easy on these people. They represent the anger and aspirations of the majority'. Would that have been so difficult?"
She said Obama had been practically silent since the protesters first descended on New York two months ago. "There have been a few little muffled comments but he has practically disappeared."
Read entire interview.http://www.guardian.co.uk/...
I wrote an appeal, in a diary on November 2nd, to The President, citing other President's actions, other circumstances, and got very little understanding or support here on DKos. I re-issue this demand of Our President Now.
When it comes time to stop merely saying something must be done, when the drive to redress and correct can be no longer ignored, people must stand up. We are standing now. With no demands, we stand only as witnesses to the crime. Merely inconveniently reminding people day in, and day out, by just standing up. The control of our democracy and our economy has been taken from our hands. It is not acceptable, and so we stand.
When Martin marched, when Lewis marched, when Freedom Riders were brutalized, when children attempting to attend school were attacked, Presidents before you acted. When armed forces attempted to crush unionization in Flint, President Roosevelt acted to protect.
Now you must act. I humbly demand, America's history demands, the spirit of a free people demands that you protect the rights of speech, assembly and redress.
My demand is no longer humble, it is outraged. Act, act now. Speak! Call, discuss, convene.