It is the right to have an equal share of the American pie and enjoy the benefits of a lifestyle that is affordable because we earned it and continue to work for it. When this right is threatened by big business and the wealthy, whose greed have so far denied a sharing of the wealth, people rise up in revolution. And that is what the Occupy Movement is all about. There is no need to dissect this struggle by the mainstream media for a central meaning.
The Huff Post exclaims that a “confused” media is calling for the protesters to narrow everything down to “one specific demand.” It’s the “rights” stupid. That covers just about every faction of Occupy from an end to corporate greed to the needs of gays and lesbians. But the HP goes on to appease the mainstream media with a listing of why the demonstrators are criticizing the system.
The GOP wants fewer restrictions on big corporations, yet wants to repeal Roe v. Wade that would restrict a woman’s reproductive rights. We witnessed the insistence by a group of racial bigots for President Obama to produce his long-form birth certificate, but wouldn’t do the same of a Republican like Rick Perry. We saw the banks get bailed out with our tax dollars, then reward their CEOs with multimillion dollar bonuses. We observe where the police are more likely to arrest Occupy protesters than a Baptist Church group that pickets soldiers funerals.
And finally, we live in a nation where our government makes more opportunities available to big business than to the individual American.
HP makes two points that demonstrate both the strength of the Occupy Movement and its substance. First, the demonstrators make no demands of the institutions in control because they are rallying to diminish and modify the power held by those institutions. Second, even though all the protests revolve around rights, there are still a number of complaints of everyday citizens that make up the whole.
Here’s a video of Keith Olbermann expressing the distress of the occupy movement:
In another Huff Post article, they cite the fact that Occupy protesters are hitting the mark with millions in this country who are upset over such a “One-sided economic recovery.” It sounds to me like they are echoing Howard Beale’s famous line from the 1976 movie Network: “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.” As Rev. Al Sharpton said of the movement earlier, it’s all about economic inequity.
It was Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who, trying to avert the disaster of another Republican, Herbert Hoover, used millions of borrowed dollars to bail out the banking system. Hoover’s administration’s policies led to another financial calamity that had to be rescued by Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt. But when Bernanke failed to attach any restrictions to those loans, the banks simply sat on the money and the economy continued to spiral down. Yes, that’s what the Occupy Movement is angry about.