Op-Ed: Why Occupy Wall Street needs a foot in government – 12/15/2011

Occupy Wall Street is entering its third month having grown to become a national movement with politicians desperately trying to suppress it while Time Magazines declaring them “Person of the Year” (shared with activists involved with the Arab spring)

While protest may be a great way to get peoples attention but reform will only be a dream unless action is taken. However it feels like the plan of action has been waiting for President Obama to deliver on his 2008 campaign promise.

Sadly and with all honesty that plan is completely moronic. Occupy Wall Street will only have a real political impact if they mobilize to gain a foot in government.

Acta Non Verba: a Latin phrase that translates into “action not words”. It can best summarize how only action can achieve true reform while words can easily be silenced. Nothing significant history was accomplished by just talk, action was always taken to achieve the outcome.

Just examine the political rise of the Tea Party. It started like the OWS; protesting and speaking out against what they perceived as the “threat of big government”. Soon they grew to have their own faction in the Republican Party elected into office.

If the Occupy Movement really wants change it needs to mobilize candidates for the 2012 Election. Liberals and progressives need to stop relying on the Democratic Party to represent them.

Most of the most outspoken members of the Democratic Party have actually been on the payroll of interest groups that represent Wall Street. Just look up the supporters of Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

It also helps to know that Goldman-Sachs was President Obama’s biggest supporter. That is why most of the people in his administration (like Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner) are connected to Goldman-Sachs.

On the local level; mayors from both political parties have ordered violent crackdowns of OWS camps. Don’t forget that it was Jean Quan’s (Democrat mayor of Oakland) brilliant idea to have an Iraq Vet shoot in the face with a tear gas canister.

The Tea Party did not wait around and expect John Boehner (R-OH) or Eric Cantor (R-VA) to do their bidding and neither should Occupy Wall Street. Acta Non Verba

Published for Digital Journal
12/15/2011
Original Link: Op-Ed: Why Occupy Wall Street needs a foot in government

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About Stan Rezaee
I'm a writer from San Jose who has contributed to several online and print publications.

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