You know who you are. You’re the ones who are trying to convince us that there’s something fishy about OWS. That it sounds too much like OFA. And as I have said already, if it turns out that OWS is a sneaky move by Obama to create the pressure he needs to do what he was supposed to be doing for the last three years, I will be the first one to denounce OWS, and the country in general will look very disfavorably on his political campaign. Any candidate that uses this kind of deception to win some campaign battle while allowing such misery to happen on so grand a scale does not deserve my vote or your vote. People do not like to be pushed out of the middle class through unemployment and crushing debt just so the political class can out psych each other in some high stakes game. As Naomi Klein said, “You are not the cannon fodder for Washington policy wonks”.
I happen to think the movement is genuine. It’s getting people from all over the country involved and it’s giving them a sense of control, which has been lacking since the Democrats f%^&*ed us over and installed a cypher presidential candidate instead of a Democrat. It’s also very interesting to watch it grow and develop. Fascinating, which is why I like to cover it. It’s unpredictable. And if it takes them some time to figure out what they want, it still will be a blip on the historical timescale. This movement has spread like wildfire, it appeals to many diverse demographic groups and the internet will help facilitate the way it gets things done. I also don’t see a lot of tedious wordsmithing which tends to kill a movement quicker than spit.
But OK, some of you will still be nagging doubters. If I didn’t know better, I would almost say you were trolls trying to disuade liberals and progressives from actually getting the band back together and doing a gig. And that would seem to suit the parties very well, wouldn’t you think? Neither one of them has any interest in making working people look good and united and determined to get respect and their money back. It suits both very well that OWS is made to look as bad as possible. Scare away more conservative types by making them look like degenerates; scare the liberals away by telling them it’s just a smokescreen covering for another nasty Obama fanbase operation.
I don’t have to give you reasons why you should or shouldn’t support OccupyWallStreet. I don’t speak for the movement but it’s not particularly difficult to figure out what it is they stand for and what they hope to accomplish. When they figure out the best way of getting that something, then you’ll get your answer. Until then, take and old cold tater and wait. If you want to stand up with OWS, OK then; if you don’t, well, that just means that there will be one less person representing your point of view. And if you’re determined to believe that it’s an offshoot of OFA, then you owe it to yourself, and to the rest of us who are sick of your persistent, belligerent grumpiness, to go to an occupation site and check it out for yourself. There’s even an occupation in the tundra so don’t complain that there aren’t any around you.
Then you’ll know for sure what’s real and what’s not real because you will have been able to collect and analyze your own data. Until then, go complain and distract on someone else’s blog. I’m not interested in arguing with people who aren’t willing to do the work. It makes me suspicious that they are up to no good.