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Occupy Wall Street’s Message: Take Money Out of Politics

October 17, 2011

I started out tickled pink that those enterprising souls set up camp down in the financial district. As a matter of fact, it took a wifely admonition to keep me from checking it out in person. (The jury is still out on this.)

Over time though, I’ve grown more and more unimpressed and in fact somewhat annoyed by the whole endeavor, mainly due to the movement’s severe and delusional case of self-congratulationitis and its lack of a real message / organized apparatus for political action.

To summarize, I’ll let laziness rule the day as I quote a comment I made on another post regarding the related riots in Italy:

Violence abroad is far less damning to me than the lack of real action on the part of the “movement”.

Between Obama’s election and the 2010 election, the Tea Party was born, organized, became politically active and got people elected. Next thing you know, those elected to the House of Representatives are holding the debt ceiling increase hostage and affecting things on a global scale. Douchey, childish and dangerous? Yes. Effective? Absolutely.

I love a good protest but OWS is getting old, fast. They need to engage the system and actually do something.

Oh and stop comparing yourselves to the middle east uprisings. Those people were/are getting killed, tortured, beat up trying to acquire the basic rights which so many in the US including I’m sure many protesters take for granted and/or don’t exercise.

Ah it feels good to let it out.

Anyway, I did a little research, a sad necessity due to OWS’s poor communication (or perhaps the mainstream media’s deliberate smudging of the message??) and found what I think is the initial communique in the OWS protests. And within that statement lies this brilliant nugget:

… we zero in on what our one demand will be, a demand that awakens the imagination and, if achieved, would propel us toward the radical democracy of the future …

… we demand that Barack Obama ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington. It’s time for DEMOCRACY NOT CORPORATOCRACY, we’re doomed without it.

BOOM! Hey fellas! Hey ladies! Can we get going on this? Whatever the cause, this terrific, very worthwhile demand, has somehow gotten lost in the shuffle. Is it due to the protesters themselves, tripping each other up with too many messages, or too much emphasis on the romantic notion of protest? Is it due to the media, purposefully presenting a – to put it kindly – mosaic of issues? I don’t know, and at this point I don’t care.

Occupy Wall Street should regroup and rally around this ONE CAUSE, as initially prescribed by Adbusters (an organization, for what it’s worth, that I do not endorse, necessarily).

Now I realize this may not quite be dramatic enough for some people but there is legislation in Congress (boooo! yeah yeah I know) called the Fair Elections Act that is a start – a start! – at least. (I found out about this by Googling “campaign finance reform” and ended up at publicampaign.org.)

But it needs support and for constituents to stay on top of their congress-people. It goes without saying if US citizens actually participated in this flawed but functional representative democracy, we might not be in this pickle. But it’s not too late to start. Protesting is all well and good but I’d like to see this movement take advantage of the system and flex some muscle in a way that the Tea Party did.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. debaseface permalink
    October 17, 2011 10:50 am

    I’m with you buddy.
    Campaign reform is much needed. No doubt.

  2. October 17, 2011 11:18 am

    Campaign Finance would be a good place to start. Both parties have been giving it lip service for over a decade. With the new PAC ads, it’s gotten worse.

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