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    Occupy Wall Street movement has hit a wall

    Dana Milbank reports in WaPo that OWS has hit the wall. The left's answer to the Tea Part it's not.

    Occupy Wall Street movement has hit a wall

    In October, when liberal activists gathered in Washington, they had hopes that the nascent Occupy Wall Street movement would become the left’s answer to the tea party.

    But this time around — the annual Take Back the American Dream Conference was moved up to June this election year — the Occupy encampments are gone, and participants in the conference were pondering what went wrong. Or, as activist Van Jones put it to them, what has become of “the voice that is missing.”

    Jones, an Obama administration official who resigned under pressure because of his far-left positions, is a fixture at the annual gatherings and a fiery orator. But this version of his yearly pep talk was laced with disappointment. “I’m watching that movement that inspired the world . . . that stunned the world, in the moment of maximum peril now sit down,” he lamented at the opening session, where half of the 500 seats were filled.
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    Re: Occupy Wall Street movement has hit a wall

    Becaus such heavy fervor can wear people the hell out if you expect them to maintain it forever. All the homeless people are tuckered out and crawled back into their cardboard boxes for some peace and quiet.
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    Re: Occupy Wall Street movement has hit a wall

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Becaus such heavy fervor can wear people the hell out if you expect them to maintain it forever. All the homeless people are tuckered out and crawled back into their cardboard boxes for some peace and quiet.
    Gee, the Tea Party activists have managed to keep things going for three years! Not to mention gaining control of the House of Representatives.
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    Re: Occupy Wall Street movement has hit a wall

    Quote Originally Posted by wbcoleman View Post
    Gee, the Tea Party activists have managed to keep things going for three years! Not to mention gaining control of the House of Representatives.
    Tea Party and the Occupy Wallstreet are two very different systems for getting their mission done. . . OWS required people to abandon their lives and fly in the face of public scrutiny and law enforcement.

    The Tea Party didn't expect or ask anyone to give up anything and move into a shack downtown to be supportive of the cause.

    Obviously - when you don't require people to become the estranged fringe in society - there's more of a chance that you'll have lasting support.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Tea Party and the Occupy Wallstreet are two very different systems for getting their mission done. . . OWS required people to abandon their lives and fly in the face of public scrutiny and law enforcement.

    The Tea Party didn't expect or ask anyone to give up anything and move into a shack downtown to be supportive of the cause.

    Obviously - when you don't require people to become the estranged fringe in society - there's more of a chance that you'll have lasting support.
    In other words, the Tea Party model works and the Occupy model doesn't. I'll buy that!
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    Re: Occupy Wall Street movement has hit a wall

    There's a very big difference between a group whining that it has to pay a few taxes and a group that is upset by the massive concentration of wealth and power in private corporate hands.

    But yeah, I'm sad to say that OWS didn't make a whole lot of difference. For once, I actually do think the media is to blame. They made the conversation about trying to prove that OWS didn't have a message, when they clearly did. And so that message didn't get out. OWS had a lot of good things to say, but no one listened. And as a result, there's still plenty of profiteering and warmongering, still plenty of jobs being shipped overseas, still the legal ability by corporations to bribe elected leaders with campaign contributions, still massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the upper class, and still a shrinking middle class and a growing lower class. But no, it's very important that the old white people who wear teabags on their hats stop paying taxes so the next generation can't go to school.

    Quote Originally Posted by wbcoleman View Post
    In other words, the Tea Party model works and the Occupy model doesn't. I'll buy that!
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    Re: Occupy Wall Street movement has hit a wall

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    There's a very big difference between a group whining that it has to pay a few taxes and a group that is upset by the massive concentration of wealth and power in private corporate hands.

    But yeah, I'm sad to say that OWS didn't make a whole lot of difference. For once, I actually do think the media is to blame. They made the conversation about trying to prove that OWS didn't have a message, when they clearly did. And so that message didn't get out. OWS had a lot of good things to say, but no one listened. And as a result, there's still plenty of profiteering and warmongering, still plenty of jobs being shipped overseas, still the legal ability by corporations to bribe elected leaders with campaign contributions, still massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the upper class, and still a shrinking middle class and a growing lower class. But no, it's very important that the old white people who wear teabags on their hats stop paying taxes so the next generation can't go to school.
    Oh, please! The media MADE Occupy. Their insignificant little campouts would never have attracted anyone's attention had not the media built them up as the left's answer to the Tea Party.
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    Re: Occupy Wall Street movement has hit a wall

    Its wonderful to use all the little morons as protestors..but hey...the election drive is about to kick off and they need their loyal mindless democrat voters back in the fold. Not to worry...it will crank up again after the election.

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    Re: Occupy Wall Street movement has hit a wall

    I think you need to fix the link. It's not attached to the hyperlink. Make sure it is an actual news piece too. I don't believe they really take editorials.
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    Re: Occupy Wall Street movement has hit a wall

    Quote Originally Posted by wbcoleman View Post
    In other words, the Tea Party model works and the Occupy model doesn't. I'll buy that!
    Tea Party Model? They became a political party. . . not a protest extravaganza. Tehy followed the model of other political parties - sure enough; that's how you make real change happen. Or at least; that's hwo you become stable (I don't know how much 'influence' they've had - afew people elected here and there isn't realy heavy, either)
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