The protests are now in their third month and its time to pause and evaluate. Has their message to the public been successful? If the answer is yes- has it made any changes in Wall Street? If that answer is no how can changes be made?
Some protesters generating the most media coverage are in N.Y and Oakland and doing more damage to the movement than good. The protesters getting the most coverage are the young people as the media searches for anything negative to create interest. They must remember they are not participating in a pep rally or party. This is serious business and must be taken seriously by the public. Their attire and behavior paints a picture of the movement as a whole.
The protesters, falling into a violent state will discredit their claims, turning public sentiment quickly against them. In our so-called freedom loving government the police are in their riot gear, an indication that violence is the aim of the 1% and will increase.
Protests of this size must know “when to hold them and when to fold them”. If they haven’t made their point yet they never will. It is now time to fold them and select leaders to develop plans to affect the economic elite. Some suggestions were given in a previous blog, “Advice to the Protesters”. Talk is cheap, but must be followed by actions.
Many people are under the illusion we are operating under an honest democracy and the will of the people influences our economic system. American should have learned that when rich organizations and wealthy individuals shower Washington with millions in campaign contributions, they get what they want. Our President promising change has raised more money from banks, hedge funds and equity managers than any Republican candidate.
Those on the lower end of the economic ladder must realize they have little power at the ballot box and must now exert the real power as consumers. Public officials have rewritten the rules of American politics that have benefitted the few. The 99% must be extremely creative in retrieving a fair share in forcing business leaders to respond to their protests.
If the protesters use their power wisely they will achieve what the political system is incapable of accomplishing. No improvement in our economy will take place as long as jobs can be shipped to slave labor countries. Protesters in small groups picketing establishments selling goods manufactured by cheap slave labor could be a step in creating jobs in this country. This and other actions affecting the economic elite draw more attention now that the protesters have made their point.
This will require sacrifices by those protesters raised in an affluent society. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day.