What’s It All About? Occupy Wall Street confusing to status quo supporters

Apparently, the media pundits haven’t yet gotten on board with the notion that the average American is currently pissed off about everything!  The people protesting in New York and around the country are showing their contempt for a system and a status quo that is totally corrupt from the top down on all levels, and the best our supposedly free press can come up with is confusion about why they don’t have a specific, detailed list of policy demands for them to dissect to death and to the point of total irrelevance like they do with everything else in their sheltered, talking points little world.

NPR says they’re not bothering to cover it because they aren’t enough people, and no one of significance involved.  That should tell you all you need to know right there.  Regular people are pissed at the political class, but their anger doesn’t merit attention unless some of those same politicians show up to co-opt and neuter the whole movement, you know, like what happened to the Tea Party.  Regular people don’t count or merit press attention, I suppose.  Somewhere between 700 and 1,000 protesters were arrested during a march yesterday.  Is that enough people yet?

The whole damn system is obviously broken, but apparently, unless your protests kiss the system’s ass and play by their crooked rules, you don’t get attention.  The last poll I saw showed the approval rating of Congress at a whopping 12%.  12%!  That’s roughly similar to the approval rating for watersports (and I’m not talking about skiing) or old Pauly Shore movies.  What good are specific policy demands when the entire process for enacting them has been corrupted beyond repair?

Another poll recently showed 65% of Republicans support raising taxes on the rich.  In congressional terms, that’s called a super majority.  Two thirds of your party supports it, you would think there would be
a large GOP group in congress getting behind the idea.  But nope, good luck finding even one.  Representative democracy my ass.

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  1. Well, perhaps part of their problem is that Occupy Wall Street seems to really just be about what you describe – a group of people who are really pissed off about everything. Until they are able to pinpoint their grievances and explain exactly what they are carrying on about, no one is going to pay attention.

    So far, the only attention they have drawn is legal attention by getting arrested, pissing off people who needed to use the bridge to get to work, and once again making themselves look like the unruly, petulant, annoying people the left seems to always be able to attract.

    The protesters are no closer to getting anything done in the way of positive change than the smelly crazy dude shouting on the street corner obscenities about some alien being coming down from Neptune to take over the world. You all seem just as crazy.

    • Well, I think they’re purposely trying to be inclusionary. When you get into specific policy issues, then it will become exclusionary. Take the higher taxes for the rich issue, for instance. That’s an idea supported by large and sometimes overwhelming majorities on all sides, but its portrayed in the press as a strictly left wing class warfare act. The problems we have now go beyond specific policy matters, they’re systemic. How exactly do regular people go about enacting positive change these days? Voting doesn’t work because the interests controlling both parties essentially limit our choices to a perpetual lesser of two evils decision. Neither does trying to pressure your representatives unless your argument is accompanied by a large check. The voice of the people has been marginalized by a corrupted system largely controlled by money.

      Will these protests amount to anything? I hope so, but the cynic in me suspects that it will ultimately get co-opted by left wing moneyed interests just as the Tea Party movement got co-opted by right wing moneyed interests.

      The reality is that, while our political institutions are becoming increasingly polarized, dangerously so, average Americans aren’t so polarized. We’re not being represented so much as we’re being manipulated. I think that’s more to the point of these protests than specific policy matters. That the 99% of us can all be on the same page, even when we disagree on the details.


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