-- by Tom Phillips
The anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement has come and gone, and I didn’t take part in any of the commemorative protests. Why not?
That was last year, and this is this. The middle-class moderates who were mad enough to take to the streets in 2011, made our points and moved on. The broad participation in last year’s protests made for a new political dialogue. No longer is it dangerous for candidates to talk about raising taxes on the rich, or to campaign against the abuses of the financial industry.
Today’s middle-class protesters are where they ought to be in a democracy: interested and involved in an election year. Thanks to Mitt Romney’s “inelegant” remarks and his choice of an Ayn Rand acolyte as a running mate, the campaign has driven home the main point of OWS. It has exposed the present-day conservative movement for what it’s been from the start – an attempt to roll back 100 years of reform and turn this country into an “ownership society,” where power is equated with wealth.
We have a long way to go, to claim back the wealth, power and privilege that the "owners" have seized for themselves in the last 30 years. But I believe the worm has turned. And it started a year ago with Occupy Wall Street.
Maybe he saw my sign
Rev. Debra Given at Zuccotti Park, October 2011
Copyright 2012 by Tom Phillips