I think that I am hearing more platitude-type statements regarding OWS that make absolutely no sense than any even Obama utters.
Meanwhile, a legitimate political protest movement has been enormously successful in changing-out politicians, and altering the landscape. They will be doing it again in 13 months.
The simple fact is, if this is what is necessary to get the focus of politicians and effect the fundamental changes needed to fix our country and restore institutions to their necessary balance, then so be it (and like it or not, unregulated capitalism has been shown not to work, so lets not repeat those mistakes again in another century). It would be better if politicians had been listening to the citizenry all along instead of the elites.
So while you may be upset about this or that not meeting your moral standards, if your moral standards do not produce a functional system, then your moral standards not useful.
Last edited by tacomancer; 10-11-11 at 08:58 AM.
Here, in the words of Ed Rendell, ex-Governor of PA:
Which gets us back to the problem that the Democrat politicians were the biggest recipients of money from the bailout money recipients. Except that if the real goal is even greater redistribution than we now have, then all you see fits like a glove. Demonize the rich even more, then get government to take their money and give it to you. Now all is in focus. All makes sense.Probably a good analogy, Laura, is 1968, when someone finally channeled college kids' energies into electoral politics. And they went up to New Hampshire and they put on ties and jackets and they went door to door and they talked about the war and Gene McCarthy got 43% of the vote and brought down Lyndon Johnson. So yeah, I think that's Rich Trumka is trying to do. And again, look, I don't agree with their message. I mean the guys in Philadelphia said they're going to be here all winter. Well that's silly. You've made your point, you've gotten about all the publicity you're going to get. Now get on with your lives and if you really care about this stuff, organize at the ballot box. You know, we can yell and--our side, we can yell and scream about the tea party, but the tea party folks understood how to make change in 2010. They got out and voted.
..... There's no question. What happened--the protests--the anti-war movement in 1968 was doing well electorally until the convention in Chicago. And everything blew up at the convention in Chicago. Poor Hubert Humphrey had absolutely zero chance coming out of that convention because the protests turned ugly, it was violent, it wasn't productive, it wasn't peaceful anymore and it turned people off dramatically. And I think there is a risk here. There's a real risk here if it goes that way. And that's why the Rich Trumkas and all those people should be talking to the protesters and saying 'look, you made your point. You don't think by sitting here you're going to bring about change in law by just sitting here. No legislative body is going to be blackmailed. But you've made your point, you've gotten publicity for the things you've wanted to say. Now let's get out there and organize. Go home, clean up, organize, and go.'
Ed Rendell To Operation Wall Street Protesters: Go Home | RealClearPolitics
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"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
It is a problem that can easily be solved through balance in incomes (not meaning everyone makes the same income or close to it, but we don't need the immense stratification we see right now) so that money is able to properly flow.
This goes back to my statement about useless morals. If we continue to worship selfishness and a winner take all attitude, we will continue to suffer economically as a nation.
Last edited by tacomancer; 10-11-11 at 09:25 AM.
OTHER: They are the misinformed morons and worthless sacks of flesh and oxygen that are destroying this nation. They're the sons and daughters of the last generations misinformed morons and worthless sacks of flesh and oxygen that have been destroying this nation, and they're the future parents of the next generation of misinformed morons and worthless sacks of flesh and oxygen that will continue destroying this nation.