Why Occupy Wall Street Failed


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London and cities across the Anglo-American world. Largely supported by the public, they also captured significant media attention. In retrospect, the real surprise is that all this did not happen sooner. Anger with banks and the mess they had caused had been boiling for three years. Recall, for example, the (thwarted) attempt by the US House of Representatives not normally an anti-Wall Street body to impose a 90 per cent tax rate on bonuses by bailed-out financial companies.

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  1. fedwatcher


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    40   7:45pm Mon 29 Apr 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike  

    Occupy Wall Street was a very big tent. It thus included many diverse elements. Enough of these elements calling for free this or free that could be targeted as representing the entire movement. They made a mistake by not having an agenda that cooler heads could vet for acceptance by the public at large.

    What Occupy Wall Street needed was a simple agenda that the 99% could easily buy into. Criminal prosecution of the people responsible for the crash would have worked as item number 1. Ending “Too Big To Fail” would have worked as number 2. And removing corporate “personhood” would have worked as number 3.

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    41   10:31am Tue 30 Apr 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Rin says

    Thus, the faltering notion of a multi-continental global standing army, after being decimated in two world wars, setup all the former colonies for independence. The whole Gandhi thing was more of a feel good story about a poorly dressed underdog spiritual guru, perpetuated by American journalists.

    Agreed. This is a very interesting subject and a point that more people need to understand. Most people outside South Asia have just seen the Gandhi movie and that's where their knowledge of Indian history begins and ends.

    From the horses mouth, Clement Attlee:

    An extract from a letter written by P.V. Chuckraborty, former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court, on March 30 1976, reads thus: "When I was acting as Governor of West Bengal in 1956, Lord Clement Attlee, who as the British Prime Minister in post war years was responsible for India’s freedom, visited India and stayed in Raj Bhavan Calcutta for two days`85 I put it straight to him like this: ‘The Quit India Movement of Gandhi practically died out long before 1947 and there was nothing in the Indian situation at that time, which made it necessary for the British to leave India in a hurry. Why then did they do so?’ In reply Attlee cited several reasons, the most important of which were the INA activities of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, which weakened the very foundation of the British Empire in India, and the RIN Mutiny which made the British realize that the Indian armed forces could no longer be trusted to prop up the British. When asked about the extent to which the British decision to quit India was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi’s 1942 movement, Attlee’s lips widened in smile of disdain and he uttered, slowly, ‘Minimal’."


    http://web.archive.org/web/20121012175308/http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20060212/spectrum/main2.htm

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    42   10:32am Tue 30 Apr 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    fedwatcher says

    Occupy Wall Street was a very big tent. It thus included many diverse elements. Enough of these elements calling for free this or free that could be targeted as representing the entire movement. They made a mistake by not having an agenda that cooler heads could vet for acceptance by the public at large.

    Yep. Basically Mykeru's law. The moment the public saw pictures of camps dominated by Drum circles, Anarcho-Feminist Teach Ins, Hackey Sack kicking, and signs supporting the Revolutionary Committee for the Spartacus League, they lost all interest.

    If instead the public saw pictures of the same number of everyday people in everyday clothes protesting bailouts, without the Free Tibet, MIM-RAIL, and Legalize Marijuana signs that have bupkiss to do with financial reform, it may have been a different story. People might have actually pulled up and joined in here and there, and it may have grown exponentially.

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    43   10:55am Tue 30 Apr 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    C Boy says

    Yeah, except the Government of India Act 1935 occurred in, well 1935, prior to WWII.

    And was only partially implemented, did not devolve control of India to Indians, but merely set up a weak federalism where some day-to-day administrative decisions would be left to the provinces, but overall control was solidly retained by the Empire. Each province would still have a British Imperial Governor with actual final say. Think Star Wars and the Imperial Senate.

    In fact, the Act of 1919 eventually called for the creation of self-governing institutions, the 1935 Act said nothing about this.

    The key part of the Government of India Act is the bit about corporations; it said all UK corporations have full rights in India, but Indian based corporations have only the rights the UK wishes to give them. In other words, UK-based businesses could do anything in India without local restrictions by Indian Governments, but India-based businesses would be subject to any and all special restrictions by the UK government.

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    44   12:59am Wed 1 May 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    fedwatcher says

    What Occupy Wall Street needed was a simple agenda that the 99% could easily buy into. Criminal prosecution of the people responsible for the crash would have worked as item number 1. Ending “Too Big To Fail” would have worked as number 2. And removing corporate “personhood” would have worked as number 3.

    again, you point to some mortgage and the banks as the culprit, but you still leave the guilty party off the hook ( the 99%).

    try to explain to a person back in 2000 to 2008 prices of RE only appreciate at rate of inflation.

    or you could say, has there has ever been an instance where prices would appreciate 10% or more for a long period of time in the future... just compounting rate after several years would be off the chart as we seen.

    either way, you would have been ignored and called some crazy nut job...

    Robert Shiller - On Home Prices Always Going Up

    "too big to fail" was related to AIG and underwriting of insurance policies held by companies in many industries including transportation industry. No insurance policies on many transportation companies would have frozen the food shipments for example. So you can forget food being shipped to markets so you could eat. Or who will underwrite the Fuel shipment contracts. You get the picture.

    But hey.. as long as you beat on a drum all day, the logistics dont cross your mind.

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    45   6:38am Wed 1 May 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    C Boy says

    It failed because the police and bankers worked together (as reported by the NY Times bakers manned police emergency bunkers).

    I am not so sure about this. I have family in law enforcement. I am also about as liberal as they come. I think OWS was not as effective as it could have been because it did not organize around a purpose. The police have to get involved when something is conducted in such a way to threaten public safety. I don't think the police were colluding with bankers. THe police that I saw were doing their jobs.

    In my opinion, there were some good ideas behind OWS. Unfortunately public protests not only attract those who are ideologically in agreement with an issue, it also draws out antisocial people who just use it as an opportunity harm people. The police were there for the second group, not the first.

    The police that I knew who had to work the protests were in agreement with the ideas behind much of OWS. They had to intervene when crowds threw bottles, threw rocks, made the public unsafe or destroyed property. I don't think it was about colluding with the banks.

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    46   8:16am Wed 1 May 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike  

    OWS failed, IMHO, because it did not focus the seething sea of public anger onto one of two easy to understand points. I think that anger is still present so it's not too late to reorganize.

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    pdg says

    I think that anger is still present so it's not too late to reorganize.

    That will never happen before 2016, not with the love fest going on with Obama. And the thought detention on the freedom of speech. Where one party is free to spew vile and anger against the other, but the other party are vile racist and bigots when they do the same.

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    48   8:45am Wed 1 May 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    CaptainShuddup says

    It failed because they failed to direct their anger in a direction where it would be of any use at all. As it were, it was just the worlds longest and biggest Drum Circe.

    The jury is out over whether they failed. You don't see main street buying houses or trusting banks do you? You do see main stree living more frugally and teaming up in households.

    The OWS was not lost on the Millenial Generation. The game isn't over.

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    bg says

    don't think the police were colluding with bankers. THe police that I saw were
    doing their jobs.

    “The Midtown Manhattan Security Initiative will add additional cameras and license plate readers installed at key locations between 30th and 60th Streets from river to river. It will also identify additional private organizations who will work alongside NYPD personnel in the Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center, where corporate and other security representatives from Lower Manhattan have been co-located with police since June 2009. The Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center is the central hub for both initiatives, where all the collected data are analyzed.”

    Press Release from Mayor Bloomberg and Police Comissioner Kelly
    October 4, 2009

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    CaptainShuddup says

    And the thought detention on the freedom of speech

    You overlook that your beloved Bush made the largest strides in that department with his Patriot Act and Homeland Security nonsense. If you conservatives weren't so damned obsessed with Us versus Them, maybe you'd see who We are.

    Obama is not having a love fest. The only one obsessed here seems to be you, the way you invoke him for everything under the sun. Myopic ignorance of recent history.

    I find it ironic that a Boomer wantsta bitch and moan about OWS, but forgets about the sell-out Flower Power hippie "protesters" that had their peyote beans and Canned Heat records and were happy to move on in the '80s and buy Bimmers and gated homes and engage in one of the most egregious credit swindles of the 20th century.

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    Philistine says

    You overlook that your beloved Bush made the largest strides in that department with his Patriot Act and Homeland Security nonsense.

    Yes and when it failed to protect us,(see Boston TERRORISTS) of course it wasn't no fault of the Homeland Security and the Patriot act, this administration is looking for more ways to rob freedoms from its Citizens to mask their own ineptitude. They Fucked up, and now WE have to pay. But make no mistake, as long as they wont admit when or where they dropped the ball, then Terrorist will continue to strike with "Nothing but Net" while we are on the pavement with Obama's boot to our necks.

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    52   10:08am Wed 1 May 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike  

    Excellent piece that explains much better the point I am trying to make about OWS messaging and the problem of the "activismists".


    One of the most frustrating things about being on the left is the profound number of clowns who situate themselves beside me. We’ve got generational warfare clowns. We’ve got New Age gibberish clowns. We’ve got conspiracy theory clowns. We’ve got clowns that smash storefronts in costumes, terrifying and alienating the public. And of course, we’ve got hippie drum circle clowns.

    I call these, and others, clowns because they’re behavior seems primarily aimed at personal performance and tends to be accompanied by self-marginalizing lifestyles and costumes. While they seem to retain a broad thematic interest in left goals and can even occasionally explain them to you, their actions are more about personal lifestyles than about any principled interest in success.

    This is especially true among the often-ridiculed, privileged, college student radicals. You know the type: the white kid going to an expensive private school on their parents’ dime, just wanting to learn how to lead The Good Life. These individuals are not generally interested in the kind of boring, long, and often unsuccessful work of running campaigns and winning. They are interested in their own personal purity, ridding themselves of the toxicity of living wrongly, oppressively, with unchecked privilege, and so on.

    That is, the concern is inward towards themselves and their own “souls” if you will, not outwards towards others who are suffering. While I think this tendency exists broadly in the student left or in circles of immense material privilege, perhaps it is best found in the wheels-off concept of allyship.

    In theory, allyship refers to those with privileged identities being deferential to and supportive of those with oppressed identities without telling them what to do. In these privileged student circles however, allyship is a competitive social justice sport where people try to rack up what I would call ally points. Allies buzz around learning how to be the best ally, chiming in about this or that privilege, this or that erasure, this or that marginalization. Self-appointed allies do this stuff never, it seems, to actually push things forward in meaningful ways, but generally just to salve their own discomfort, and purify themselves of badness.

    People interested in purity leftism are ultimately selfish. When purity leftists do actions and organizing, their interest is not in reducing oppression as much as it is in reducing their own participation in it. Above all else, they want to be able to say that they are not oppressing, not that oppression has ended.


    http://mattbruenig.com/2012/05/10/purity-leftism/

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    OWS did not fail. Liberals think that we live in some magical fairy land of instant radical political gratification. Political reality shifts so slowly in this country that most liberals cannot even perceive what actual victory feels like. In some ways OWS was more successful than the TEA movement.

    OWS was successful in precipitating a shift in popular perspective. Prior to OWS, all economic discourse centered around GDP growth. Today, disparity is routinely also discussed. OWS did nothing less than open up a new dimension in how we perceive the economy. The winning Presidential candidate in 2012 made wealth disparity ("strengthening the middle class") a major issue of his campaign. Creating a notion that wealth disparity is a thing that government should be worried about is a huge ideological coup for a country like this.

    Furthermore, OWS did nothing more than that. That is a virtue. Contrast that with TEAism, which attempts to coopt and extort the GOP into adopting its agenda by running radicals in primary elections. Without TEAism, there is simply no way the Democrats could possibly have held the Senate for the last four years. Karl Rove just founded an organization to combat the threat TEA poses to the GOP's Senate aspirations through open and organized infighting. Perhaps even more significantly: with real power has come real scrutiny on their batshit extremist ideology. If Mitt Romney hadn't been forced to cover himself in that stinking taint during the Republican primary, he might be President today.

    The wheels of politics turn slowly, but wealth disparity is a serious issue in national politics today, and OWS did nothing to sabotage its chances of leading to real policy changes. The only sense in which the movement was a failure is a simple artifact of the fact that liberals don't have the good sense to know when they're winning. Or, at least, not yet losing. See also: pretty much all liberal critiques of Barack Obama's first term.

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    msilenus says

    Today, disparity is routinely also discussed.

    Yeah that fucking Grandma collecting a $300 social security check to pay $1800 worth of bills, became the problem thanks to that narrative, that America's richest Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Mayor Bloomberg, directing the eye daggers from them selves to those who have it easier than the OWS participant who just got a Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts, and now demands to make as much money as someone in their prime with a lifetime of experience to guide them.

    This was also the undoing of the Unions, so congradufuckinglations, for picking the worlds worse petty fight to pick. Now everyone wants to know what's in your wallet.

    Meanwhile, Bloomberg, Gates, and Buffet, wealth quadrupled since Obama came in office. Welp gotta get back to my barricade, I've got OWS rabble at my door wanting to set me ablaze because I still have enough money in the bank to pay this months bills.

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    55   12:07pm Wed 1 May 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Best ways to get laid: Rock Star, Drug Dealer, Religious Leader, Politician, Pimp, Commune Leader, Revolutionary or some combo of the above.

    Charlie Manson and his celebrity mass kill provided a nice social enema that at least ended the pretense of utopian sociopathy of the 60's.

    Wall Street is now just a self cluster fucking nebula of computer information, ridden by a handfull of insecure money herders. How do you occupy that?

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    OWS failed because they had no plan to cook the banksters.

    Here's the deal that would have worked:

    Grab the fuckers.

    Inject them with 10 Lbs of MSG to tenderize the meat.

    Tie hands and feet back and throw on grill.

    Stick fingers in your ears to cover up the shrieks of agony - or just sing along!

    Dress with salt and pepper to taste.

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    57   7:51pm Wed 1 May 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Occupy Wall Street was an extension of protests in Spain.

    The problem here, in the United States, is that we weren't as cluster fucked as Europe, now China, Mexico, and South America.

    We have bankruptcy, and foreclosure rights the other countries don't have. We don't have the same level of desperation.

    You're right to point out the drum circle aspects of that movement here, it was more militant in Europe.

    Let me also point out that the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s went nowhere until the Black Panther Party had an armed resistance, and the Chicago Seven gave a voice to what the black community wanted, they wanted power, and they got it.

    Revolution takes armed resistance. Our country was founded on that set of principles.

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    David Losh says

    The problem here, in the United States, is that we weren't as cluster fucked
    as Europe, now China, Mexico, and South America.

    You're killing me. We had protests by morons that carried signs that said "keep your government hands off of my social security". And those idiots were funded by billionaires, yes that's with a B, to shuttle around those morons like rock stars on rock star-type of buses.
    OWs was a poorly thought out cry for attention by young and unskilled people that thought if you scream louder and more often, you'll get the results that you want, like a crying baby. It's funny but both of the above did the exact same thing, and the people associated with either group despise the other. Yet, they both tried the same tactics, with the same useless and predictable outcome.

    Dumb and dumber comes to mind when I think of those 2 gropus of idiots.

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    I loathe the Tea Party and OWS equally.

    For me, Anonymous is my preferred group. Instead of complaining about government spending while getting medicaid to pay for their motorized wheelchair so they can zoom back into Sizzler and eat all the mashed potatoes, making their diabetes worse, or complaining about teh evil Patriarchy and the necessity for everybody to eat uncooked vegetables, Anonymous actually fights the Power.

    Everybody needs a Low Orbit Ion Cannon.

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    thunderlips11 says

    I loathe the Tea Party and OWS equally.

    But for different reasons. The Tea Party is organized and has an agenda, but it's evil. OWS has no goals, no organization, and no criteria for success. Sure, they "believe" in decentralized movements, but not a single one of them understands how distributed algorithms work.

    thunderlips11 says

    Anonymous actually fights the Power.

    Defacing web sites may be a minor nuance and embarrassment, but they hardly motivate change. Denial of service attacks will disrupt business for a short period of time, but any major company will be back online shortly. The loss of revenue will be minimal, especially if purchases are only delayed instead of canceled.

    Anonymous's biggest accomplishment was the one time it copied corporate email and released it causing the asshole Aaron Barr to resign as the corporation HBGary Federal was investigated for all its malfeasance. This is good, pretty much the same thing that Wikileaks does except for getting the data itself rather than relying on whistle-blowers, but that's only one instance and HBGary Federal is still in business. So other than ruining one asshole's career -- for which I am grateful -- what has that hacking instance accomplished?

    Now if Anonymous could break into real government records, find evidence of illegal or unethical activity, and release it to Wikileaks, that would be much more useful. I'd love to see Anonymous find evidence of prosecutorial misconduct in the Central Park Five jogger rape case. There certainly is plenty of evidence to be found of misconduct before, during, and after the trial.

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    I've long self-identified as "Hippie, the rare capitalist variant." Therefore, I have been involved with various left-flavored movements and causes through my adult life and seen firsthand how they work.

    One of the biggest differences between right and left, disaffected people who feel drawn toward the tea party OR the OWS movement, is this.
    Conservatives by definition have a top-down, authoritarian structure, and they do NOT welcome dissent and different opinions. They form group structures which, through selected homogeny, can become strongly united and therefore powerful behind a given cause or mindset. They are great to be involved with, PROVIDED you agree with the dominant consensus reality.
    "Liberals" (a term cheapened unto meaninglessness by sloppy misuse like overprinted unbacked currency) on the other hand, often value diversity of opinion SO MUCH that they are unwilling to take action to deal with even obvious crackpots and provacateurs. "Herding cats" is too kind of a description of what it is like trying to keep even a small group of widely varied people with differing, sometimes competing agendas, focused on presenting a uniform, coherent message to the public at large.
    There is a time and place to paint your body and skip nearly naked with a flute, or possibly even to shit on a flag, but FFS, SOMEONE needed to tell those people to take it somewhere else when reporters were showing the world the OWS demonstrations, IF they (individually and collectively) had any motivation to win others to the cause.
    I agree that the OWS movement was not wasted entirely; some of its memes live on and have gained traction in the mind of main street America. Thanks to the loons and crackpots getting so much attention in the MSM, the only way forward for the movement is to reinvent itself as something newer and better. There are legions of Americans who would benefit greatly from the reforms sought by the original OWS movement; however, if you say "Occupy Wall Street" to them, they tune out and reject you by the second syllable.

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    thunderlips11 says

    ‘The Quit India Movement of Gandhi practically died out long before 1947 and there was nothing in the Indian situation at that time, which made it necessary for the British to leave India in a hurry. Why then did they do so?’ In reply Attlee cited several reasons, the most important of which were the INA activities of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, which weakened the very foundation of the British Empire in India, and the RIN Mutiny which made the British realize that the Indian armed forces could no longer be trusted to prop up the British.

    who would I have guessed that my forum moniker, RIN, would be a part of history :-)

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    upisdown says

    You're killing me.

    You're ignorant.

    Dan8267 says

    The Tea Party is organized and has an agenda,

    Really? Disrupting Congress is an agenda?

    Automan Empire says

    "Hippie, the rare capitalist variant."

    and finally the Hippie reference.

    Occupy Wall Street had one message of the 99%. That's it.

    Wealth and power was Europe. Old money holding public court, holding all the cards, all the time, for centuries, thousands of years.

    Now they have tenuous holdings, more body guards, fewer people paying the mortgages, bad stocks, very bad stocks, and a false set of economies.

    Here we had one message of the 99% that are The People. It helped get an African American elected President of the United States of America. We have pot shops on a lot of corners, we have gay marriage, gay rights, a powerful African American Community. It's all because we are the 99%.

    End of the war in Iraq, Afghanistan?

    and the tea party brought us grid lock in Congress. Give me a frigging break.

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    Actually I think OWS was an extreme success. Yes, as you commented; David Losh says

    Occupy Wall Street had one message of the 99%. That's it.

    Why do you think when Romney stated that he really didn't care about the 'other 47%' people went bat shit crazy? It is simply because, whether or not they consciously supported OWS or not, the message of the reality that they did not belong to the same privileged class as the 1% and of Romney's of the world, and their special breaks for everything. Hell, I credit OWS with 99% of jilting this election into the Obama camp and of course, Romney 1% for making this stupid statement. People are now keenly aware that the rules for the ultra rich are completely different than the rules for the rest of us. The geni is out of the bottle. The conversation has changed. Based on this example alone I would say that OWS were a HUGE success.

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    The tea party (taxed enough already) has more in common with the outrage that sparked OWS than is commonly acknowledges by the lamestream media. Both groups are outraged at the bailouts and spending taxpayer money to backstop reckless actions by banksters and Wall Street fatcats.

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    EET WALL STREET!

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    You peasants always fail at everything...

    What's new that I haven't heard?

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    David Losh says

    Dan8267 says

    The Tea Party is organized and has an agenda,

    Really? Disrupting Congress is an agenda?

    In all seriousness, yes. Disrupting Congress, especially during a session when the other party is the majority and has the White House, is most certainly a political agenda.

    Disrupting Congress worked for Republicans during the Carter administration and it got them Reagan. Disrupting Congress has worked well for the Republicans during the Obama administration as well. It has prevented real health care reform, closing tax loopholes, and raising taxes on the rich, all of which are Tea Party issues.

    Yes, the Tea Party has an agenda. Yes, that agenda includes disrupting Congress while the Democrats hold the majority and the White House. Yes, that agenda includes other things like protecting the rich. And yes, the Tea Party is accomplishing its agenda despite huge popular opposition to all their ideas.

    It doesn't matter that the Tea Party is composed of morons. What matters is that they are highly vocal, highly organized, highly unified morons, and that is what makes them dangerous. It would be foolish to underestimate the damage they can do. On the bright side, the extremist positions of the Tea Party is nailing the coffin of the Republican Party. They are the death rattle of the GOP.

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    David Losh says

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    You're killing me.


    You're ignorant.

    I wouldn't say that I'm ignorant of the huge societal progress of the OWS movement, because there weren't any.

    David Losh says

    Here we had one message of the 99% that are The People. It helped get an
    African American elected President of the United States of America. We have pot
    shops on a lot of corners, we have gay marriage, gay rights, a powerful African
    American Community. It's all because we are the 99%.

    Yea, THAT'S WHO elected Obama and WHY. Romney just being Romney, had absolutely nothing to do with it. LOL.

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    Dan8267 says

    Yes, the Tea Party has an agenda. Yes, that agenda includes disrupting
    Congress while the Democrats hold the majority and the White House. Yes, that
    agenda includes other things like protecting the rich. And yes, the Tea Party is
    accomplishing its agenda despite huge popular opposition to all their ideas.


    It doesn't matter that the Tea Party is composed of morons. What matters is
    that they are highly vocal, highly organized, highly unified morons, and that is
    what makes them dangerous. It would be foolish to underestimate the damage they
    can do. On the bright side, the extremist positions of the Tea Party is nailing
    the coffin of the Republican Party. They are the death rattle of the GOP

    They want the staus quo of times past, and that doesn't include a black president, and that's it. But their organization and unity is funded by the same old mechanisms of the republican party. It's not very hard or creative to amp up the yocals in regards to their fear or hatred.

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    And the tea party is backed with tons of cash from a variety of Republican and Conservative Activist Groups, Foundations, etc.

    OWS? Not so much.

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    Rin says

    who would I have guessed that my forum moniker, RIN, would be a part of history :-)

    Ha! Didn't notice that until you pointed it out. Good job with the mutiny!

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    upisdown says

    I wouldn't say that I'm ignorant of the huge societal progress of the OWS movement, because there weren't any.

    You should read more about political movements, and the accomplishments of small things, like the Black Panther Party which you dismissed.

    Like I said Occupy Wall Street was an extension of a more extreme set of protests in Madrid Spain. The hangers on are irrelevant.

    It's like the peace, and love idiots of the 1960s, they did nothing, but they did present a message of revolution.

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    Dan8267 says

    What matters is that they are highly vocal, highly organized, highly unified morons, and that is what makes them dangerous.

    I go along with that. They are also presenting a message of fiscal responsibility that seems to be taking hold.

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    If change is to come to America, it can only arrive at our shore after all the bankers' faces are eaten live and wriggling from their skulls and their empty eyes skull fucked in the name of Freedom.

    Are you with me, America?

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    I go along with that. They are also presenting a message of fiscal responsibility that seems to be taking hold.

    If the Tea Party gave a rat's ass about fiscal responsibility, they would be for cutting warfare spending by 90%. Instead they are for increasing warfare spending.

    We had to spend a lot on warfare during the Cold War in order to drive the Soviet Union into bankruptcy. Well, job done. Once the Soviet threat was eliminated, any rational person would cut warfare spending dramatically. But that's not what happened.

    Greedy corporations and government teat suckers didn't want their revenue and cushy government jobs to go away. As a result, we kept increasing warfare spending every year. In order to justify this non-sense, the war industry had to invent new bad guys, and in order to do that, they had to make the world a much less safe place.

    Yet, the Tea Party still wants more government waste on unnecessary wars that hurt our national security. The Tea Party is not, and has never been, fiscally responsible by any sane definition.

    Unless Warfare spending is cut at least 90%, our country will collapse for the exact same reason the Soviet Union did, utter bankruptcy and economic failure.

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    APOCALYPSEFUCK is Shostakovich says

    If change is to come to America, it can only arrive at our shore after all the bankers' faces are eaten live and wriggling from their skulls and their empty eyes skull fucked in the name of Freedom.

    Are you with me, America?

    Sorry, my dick is too big to fit into the beady little eye sockets of bankers. Perhaps another orifice?

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    The volunteer army should be really volunteer - or pay to join. Ideally, the latter. You'd sign up and volunteer to attack, occupy and loot a country in the name of America. Once enough volunteers show up asking for a chance to take out a specific country, you issue them licenses to attack, incumbent upon their sharing of revenues from pillage. It would provide entertainment for Americans and revenue for the country. Win-win.

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    Dan8267 says

    The Tea Party is not, and has never been, fiscally responsible by any sane definition.

    It's like the OWS movement, the movement was transitory, but the message got heard.

    I agree about the military, the military agrees about the military budget.

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