I’ve been watching the Occupy. . .well, everywhere, apparently, movement for the last ten days or so. I’m sure many of you are watching as well. The more I see, the more questions I have.
In my opinion, this movement seems to have started with a genuine anger over certain wrongs, by people who, rightly or wrongly, believed they had been victimized. By bankers, stock brokers, and other types of financial folks. The initial protests seemed genuine to me, and I still think that.
Then other things started happening. Unions got involved. People like George Soros started bankrolling the ‘movement’. Soros. That’s the guy who uses his wealth to manipulate currencies all over the world, or so they say. Hmm. Accepting money from the kind of people they are protesting. Not a good sign, I should think.
Then reports surfaced that certain leftist leaning, read socialist, organizations, began to tie themselves to the Occupy movement. Most of those involved freely admit they want to use the ‘Occupy Movement’ to further their own agendas.
On the face of it, the Movement seems loosely, by which I mean poorly, organized. That’s a problem, and it’s what allows others to try and move in and take control. To ‘steer’, if you will, the movement’s direction to their own benefit.
Now, people like Nancy Pelosi, herself one of the richest people in Congress, are ‘supporting’ the Movement as well. Pelosi, who helped engineer the very bailouts that the Movement is protesting. Something else that makes one go ‘hmm’.
In Atlanta, a Congressman and prominent Civil Rights Icon wanted to address the Occupy Movement in that fair city, only to be turned away after a ten minute long ‘debate’ on whether or not to let him speak. I watched this on video, and to say it was comedic in nature is a gross understatement. According the guy with the bullhorn, ‘this group operates by consensus’. And ‘since we don’t have a consensus, we will move on with our agenda’.
An agenda that no one seemed to agree on. Some appeared to be leaving over the incident. Several of the people in the crowd wanted to hear what the man had to say, but were shouted down. This after an affirmation that everyone must be heard, and no one was more important than anyone else. Again, hmm. Lots of hmm here.
On the face of things, the Movement seems inspired by people who seek redress for wrongs. They have the right to peaceful protest, and are exercising that right. Good for them. America has always believed in free speech.
But then, then you read or hear some of the ‘demands’. Then, you hear others say that those demands were not reached in Assembly, and do not have ‘consensus’ and thus do not actually represent the Occupy Movement.
But the signs say they do. You know, the signs that the protesters are holding up at the rally’s and what have you. So, what do you believe? Who do you believe?
The Movement itself seems like, or at least seemed like, a genuine movement. People gathering together to express their anger, and dismay, at current conditions across the nation. People from all walks of life. What seems like a real cross-section of the nations populace.
Then, then you get back to those ‘demands’.
Forgive all debt. Abolish all debt. Abolish student loan debt. Raise the minimum wage to $20 dollars an hour. Take, by government force if need be, money and property from the owners, and redistribute it for the ‘good of all’.
And so on, and so forth. Some of these demands smack of Communism and Socialism. Some are just plain stupid. Some make you laugh, while others make you shake your head in sadness.
The Movement lacks organization, and that is hindering their efforts. More ominously, it’s leaving them vulnerable to groups that are organized, and some of those groups seem to be trying to seize the Movement away from the people who started it.
Or, have they been controlling it all along?
One group is actually advertising that they are ‘hiring’ protesters as organizers. Free training, and ‘benefits packages for those that qualify’. ‘Opportunities in other areas that can lead to promotions’.
Professional protesters. Now that’s a novel idea.
What will come from the Occupy Wallstreet Movement? Nothing? Anything? Something? Greatness? Will it make history? Will it start the ‘revolution’ that so many seem to crave?
I don’t know. I don’t think anyone does right now.
What concerns me is the lack of planning. If the Movement is successful, what then? Everyone seems to agree that something must be done, but ironically there’s no ‘consensus’, it appears, on what that something should be.
And that’s no way to run a railroad. Or a protest.
You opinions are welcome. What do you think?