Whether you agree with the Occupy Movement or not, the fact is it is spreading and continues to grow. And I suspect it isn’t the flash in the pan some think it is. Of course there are those detractors who claim the protests aren’t really targeting the real culprit in all this and that Big Business is just an engine of opportunity for all. But, whatever your viewpoint is – there can be no denying that there is a general mood of discontent out there. There is also no denying that whether that discontent is steeped completely in truths, half-truths or perceptions – the anger among the masses is very real.
I, for one, don’t place the blame entirely on Wall Street. Anyone who has read my commentary on a regular basis knows that I have a particular disdain for a political system that takes its marching orders from the hordes of lobbyists and special interests. It is that coziness which has led to our economic decline and the proliferation of greed.
Whether the actual number of “victims” stand at 99% or 51% is immaterial so far as I can see. The fact is there are a hell of a lot more business interests making money off the backs of taxpayers than not, but not all. One commenter to my earlier post made a well reasoned argument about misplaced blame and how a free market society operates on the premise of opportunity. Well, I can’t find fault in anyone making a profit or becoming wealthy off the sweat of their labor or investment savvy. Besides, it is that investment risk that usually creates jobs, right?
But here is the real problem – the jobs aren’t being created and neither is government doing their duty to ensure that the business / financial sectors are playing on a level playing field. And when government passes legislation that takes away the penalties and/or to let business and financial sectors operate with impunity – well what do you think you get in the long haul? Seems to me that you get exactly what we have right now – economic instability.
As I said before, had it not been for the economic collapse which have put people out of work and in many cases out of their homes – we wouldn’t be having these protests. Hey, protests during bleak economic times isn’t anything new folks. Matter of fact, there were several movements during the Economic Upheavals of the 1890’s and the Great Depression of the 1930’s. So the Occupy Movement is not some sort of new precedent okay?
As for the lack of a leadership structure within the Occupy movement, well, it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea for some sort of National Leadership Structure. At least then, the people would have a greater voice than the lobbyists and special interests who protect the so-called other side. Maybe then the political powers that be would take their constituents more seriously than those slipping them the envelopes in return for their vote. But more importantly – people within the movement need to sit down and ascertain that what they want to change is actually where it needs to be changed! I mean, isn’t it more about Government and its half-ass policies that have allowed the business / financial sector to do what it has done in the first place?
So, it seems to me that we should Occupy the Statehouses and Capitol First?
Then again – just thinking.