Occupy Wall Street: Protesters Make a Declaration*

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Nikki Angelo, of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., greets inquisitive pedestrians at the Occupy Wall Street protest's welcoming table in the financial district's Zuccotti Park, Oct. Full Story
bottlecap

Atlanta, GA

#1 Oct 4, 2011
What the article misses is that the Tea Party got going because of the Wall Street BAILOUTS; which most Americans opposed.

It should also be mentioned that it was the Republicans in the House that defeated the Bush-Paulson Plan initially. At that point, the Dow Jones Average dropped 700 points, and the House was forced, by GLOBALIST MSM pressure, to pass the Bill.

We will see what comes out of this movement.

One thing that I have heard from the "Occupy Wall Street Group" was the complaint of high tuitions, and, in this, I agree. It does seem that the BANKSTERS have created an unholy alliance with ACADEMIA to eff-up the middle-class in this country.

We shall see.
Rico

Guatemala City, Guatemala

#2 Oct 4, 2011
I would rather see them focus on the Banks, Leave Wall Street alone, they are just a Casino, it's the banks that dictate to the masses...
MrQ

Vernon, FL

#3 Oct 4, 2011
like bank of america

they dictate to the masses with my help

my money in their bank is what people borrow to buy houses, cars, junk like that

yeah let's focus on the banks

then I can become a loan shark
OccupyTheWorld

Lincoln, NE

#4 Oct 4, 2011
It's about all of us, regardless of political affiliation, coming to a strong consensus together.

We the people, are the 99%.

Since: Jul 07

Virginia Beach, VA

#5 Oct 4, 2011
they will become bored with being "revolutionaries" when the weather gets cold. LOL! i saw one
protestor" who when asked why he was there, he pointed at a skyscraper. whoa! now that is a movement!!!
MrQ

Vernon, FL

#6 Oct 4, 2011
those are their "big guns"

pathetic ain't it?

Since: Jul 07

Virginia Beach, VA

#7 Oct 5, 2011
Dear protesters in New York City,

You are not 99 percent of America. I don't mean that in the obvious numerical sense. If 99 percent of Americans had actually joined your march, Manhattan would have flipped over by now.

What I mean is that if 99 percent of Americans actually sympathized with your cause, the entire nation's economy would have collapsed long ago -- apparently to the delight of the organizers of this current protest.

What I mean to say is, you have a marketing problem.

When you decided to sit in traffic and block the Brooklyn Bridge a few days ago, with that blazing pink "SMASH PATRIARCHY-SMASH CAPITALISM" sign in hand, you probably didn't see the regular people you stranded in traffic.

You know, the ones with real-world concerns, business to attend to, families to go home to, et cetera. You may have read about such people during college in a book called "The Petit Bourgeoisie," or something like that. Many of us grew up calling them "the middle class."

Whatever you call them, they are hurting badly in this economy, probably more than you are.(I'm just judging by that sweet digital video camera I see you holding out in front of the cops, in hopes of provoking them into a viral-video police brutality incident.)

Those people you left stuck in traffic have a hard time paying their bills and rents and health insurance and mortgages. They worry about things like finding decent schools for their children to attend and making sure they don't get fired at work, and fixing leaking roofs and chimneys.

You know what they don't worry about, ever? Smashing patriarchy and capitalism.

So when your organizers go on television and say things like, "It's revolution, not reform!" and they're not joking, those words might give some of these narrow-minded people an unpleasant, October 1917 kind of feeling.

I know you'll find this hard to believe, but these regular people probably weren't very happy to see you on that bridge, carrying your preprinted black and yellow protest sign that hundreds of you got straight from the communist Workers' World Party (or one of its less frighteningly named affiliates). So incensed was one Ground Zero construction worker that he called you "g-ddamned hippies" in the New York Post.

And that underscores the problem with the 100 million-plus people who work for a living in this country. They lack an enlightened perspective that would show them how your camping trip in lower Manhattan has already helped their lives.

See, regular people don't like banks any more than you do. But when they go to buy houses for their families to live in, they often find that they don't have half a million dollars stuffed in their mattresses. So they shortsightedly embrace financial imperialism, otherwise known as a mortgage.

They also worry about corporations, because they're big and powerful. But then, they'd love to own one of those sweet video cameras like yours, and they perceive that they can only buy one if an evil corporation can turn an obscene profit making and selling it.

So the point is, real-life things blind people to the great class struggle you're waging in lower Manhattan. You, and the rest of America's three-tenths of one percent.

You can take some consolation from that next year when you sacrifice your principles, abandon the Global People's Liberation Party (or whatever), and vote to re-elect President Obama.

David Freddoso is The Examiner's online opinion editor and the author of Gangster Government. He can be reached at dfreddoso@washingtonexaminer.c om.
MrQ

Lady Lake, FL

#8 Oct 6, 2011
this is the big End Game of the papier-mache left

it will be another flop

flop is all they can manage

I hope they keep pissing off regular folk until november 2012

but I think they'll run out of flop gas before that
MrQ

Watseka, IL

#9 Oct 6, 2011
OccupyTheWorld wrote:
It's about all of us, regardless of political affiliation, coming to a strong consensus together.
We the people, are the 99%.
this makes me think of the old joke about the spastic kid and the ice cream cone

what corn
Charlie

Watseka, IL

#10 Oct 6, 2011
I smell fish.

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