The right-wing attempts to define the Occupy Wall Street movement!
Maybe the Occupy movement — rapidly spreading to a city near you — defies explanation. But the one thing that can be said, unequivocally, is that it grows daily fueled by the growing frustration at the decline of this great nation and the number of egregious issues that must be addressed.
It is an unrest and dissatisfaction of a Congress that is not listening to the many while supporting the few; a Congress that has been deaf to the voice of justice and fairness.
They are the cadre of hard-working Americans disenfranchised by the system and declaring the causes, individually and collectively, which impel them to express their grievances. And, like the Opressions listed by our 56 signators of the Declaration of Independence, those grievances and usurpations are listed below for all to see and understand, conceding that these will not be the sum of their grievances.
It is established that members who are gathering on Wall Street, and all other associated locations around the nation, do embrace and demand their voice be heard on one or more of the following issues:
- the role of the banks and the financial sector in the financial crisis.
- the fact that no one has gone to prison for causing the financial crisis.
- the growing wealth disparity not only in the United States, but throughout the world.
- constant attacks on our social nets from the right: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
- corporate greed, and the manipulation of financial systems to their benefit.
- tax holidays for corporations to repatriate their foreign profits.
- subsidies such as those given to the richest oil companies in the world.
- Rising education costs.
- both political parties supported and influenced by financial institutions and corporations.
- persistent levels of unemployment and the lack of decent job prospects.
- the offshoring of jobs.
- the Federal Reserve’s complicity in the unevenness of the recovery, the criminal aspect of their loan program, and their unfair assistance to the banks.
- the extravagant bonuses at bailed out banks while Social Security recipients, disabled and retired veterans receive no COLA’s for two years.
- the failure of regulatory agencies to protect taxpayers and investors — the job taxpayer’s pay them to do.
- wealthy American’s unwillingness to do their fair share for the country, and their unpatriotic silence.
- regressive tax policies exacerbated by the Bush Tax Cuts.
- corporations hoarding cash instead of creating jobs to help the economy grow.
- continuing housing decline, sucking equity from American’s greatest asset.
- rising healthcare and medical insurance costs.
- growing disparity between Wall Street and Main Street.
- the failure of the Obama administration to prosecute Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld for war crimes.
- spending cuts that affect the most vulnerable Americans in this time of need.
- the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision allowing unlimited secret corporate donations to campaigns.
- money in politics that force year round campaigning.
- two unfunded wars and no-bid military contracts.
- banks and corporations lobbying and buying congressional votes that serve the top 1% and do disservice to the 99%.
- attacks on collective bargaining for public employees including teachers, policemen, and firemen.
- suppression of voter rights in 13 states.
- weakness of and corporate ownership of the media — a failure of the 4th Estate.
To accuse those at OccupyWallStreet of not having a defined set of grievances is tantamount to accusing the Founding Father’s of the same failure when formulating the Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration listed 23 grievances against the oppression of the King. As to the matter of oppressions levied on the good people of the United States by Congress, the Administration, and the Courts over the last 30 years, 29 grievances are listed here.
What began with a few dozen individuals and a narrow message in Zuccotti Park has grown to massive levels — a grass roots movement — in every corner of the United States with a greater number of issues from a diverse group of Americans.
But to try, at this early stage, to define and narrow the message to one — or even a few grievances — would be premature and dismissive of the magnitude of our problems.
Suffice to say, OccupyWallStreet is an attempt to expand awareness of the growing problems and causes, and to begin the healing process that is necessary to save this democracy and reestablish the unalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Individual voices, joined together, become a powerful voice for change.
The time for change is Now!