OWS has slowly built a nice little protest against Wall Street. They have successfully avoided political pitfalls and traps like electing leaders and creating a list of demands. And they have cleverly kept the political Vultures away. I still fear OWS will fail because they haven’t engaged in effective civil disobedience and they are intellectually dishonest.
I’m too young to have personally attended any of the Civil Rights protest but the visuals I have from that era is of the violent racist response to the Civil Rights marches. Without Bull Connor, Church bombings, and murders, I’m not sure the Civil Rights protest would have been as effective. OWS hasn’t prompted a shocking visual response that would rally most Americans to their cause. We must remember the Montgomery Bus Boycott started in 1955 but Bloody Sunday didn’t happen until 1965 and Johnson signed the (last) Civil Rights Act in 1968 (seven days after Dr. King was murdered). Maybe OWS is just 13 years away from effecting real change.
As I watch OWS grow, I keep asking the question, how can anyone honestly protest Wall Street and vote for a Democrat or a Republican? Specifically, how can anyone vote for Obama or Romney? The answer is they can’t. Obama’s and Clinton’s hands are just as filthy as Jamie Dimon’s. The dirty money Dimon earns is funneled directly into the White House then back to Wall Street though tax cuts, deregulation, and zero interest loans. When all else fails (Wall Street implodes due to greed and corruption), Washington bails-out Wall Street and Too Big To Fail just gets bigger. Protesting Wall Street and not the White House is like Code Pink protesting GWB’s wars and not Obama’s wars. If OWS doesn’t protest all of the Vultures and their political whores, then OWS will soon be just another Code
Fuchsia Pink. I hope I’m wrong.