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Posted on October 23, 2011

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OCCUPY WALL STREET MAKES SENSE

REFORM LONG OVERDUE

Occupy Wall Street is a grassroots protest movement against the lopsided power of corporate America and Wall Street interest in American political and economic life.

It is a movement long overdue, and it will continue to make sense as long as it avoids adopting goals defined by narrow self-interest.

Just as the Tea Party was credible and effective until it became an auxiliary to the Republican Party, so too the Occupy movement can remain credible to the extent that it does not become a front for the Democratic Party or public employee unions.

This movement has gone international with people around the world protesting the powerful financial institutions which brought about the world economic crisis which has continued since 2007.

The movement’s driving force in America is a gut-level outrage toward Wall Street excesses, and this is justifiable. Our tax dollars bailed out Wall Street, but 99 percent of us have not seen any improvement in  our economic lives. Ordinary Americans believe the system is rigged, and we want economic justice.

And while the Occupiers may not represent 99 percent of Americans, they cannot be explained away as kids and kooks. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is clueless when he dismisses the protesters as “growing mobs.”

If you believe the movement is about “give me, give me,” you’ve lost sight of its purpose.

It is about changing the system, and giving a voice for the people in Washington, D.C.; not to special interests. It is about getting the little guy in a position so that he can afford to run and be elected to office.

It means rooting out the entrenched and corrupted officials, and it means campaign finance reform.

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