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The People’s Party? Are We Witnessing The Birth Of A New Far Left Political Party In The United States?

Are we witnessing the birth of another new political party in the United States?  The election of Barack Obama was the spark which fueled the rise of the Tea Party back in 2009, and since that time the Tea Party has become a major league force inside the Republican Party.  Now the Occupy Wall Street movement is rapidly becoming more organized and many believe that “The People’s Party” is going to be to the Democrats what the Tea Party is to the Republicans.  Others believe that “The People’s Party” could accomplish what a lot of organizations in the past have tried and failed to do – launch a third political party which could successfully break the stranglehold that the “two party system” has on American politics.  It would certainly not be an easy thing to do, but there can be no doubt that Occupy Wall Street is now a major political force in America.  The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread to 100 cities inside the United States and to nearly 1000 cities around the world.  Certainly as the weather gets colder the protests will die down, but there are an increasing number of signs that Occupy Wall Street is becoming very organized and that it plans to be a major political force for years to come.

To get an idea of what is going on around the world right now, just check out this video.  The Occupy Wall Street movement has become a lightning rod for the frustrations of millions of young people around the globe.  A number of these protests have been going on for weeks, and there are no signs that they will be ending any time soon.

So what do these protesters want and what is next for this movement?

Well, just like the Tea Party in the early days, it really is hard to make generalized sweeping statements about this movement.

But the “official” website of Occupy Wall Street has now endorsed a “plan of action“.  The plan calls for Occupy Wall Street to hold a National General Assembly which is to be attended by 870 elected delegates in Philadelphia on July 4, 2012.

This “national convention” would draft a “Petition of Grievances” to present to the newly elected government in November.

If the federal government does not address the demands of the Occupy Wall Street movement adequately, they would then “organize a third independent political party to run candidates in the 2014 mid-term elections”.

Wow.

The full text of “the plan” is posted below….

1. The Occupy Wall Street movement, through the local General Assemblies, should elect an Executive Committee for each city comprised of 11 People or some other odd number of People that is manageable for meetings. Ideally this committee should represent each city in the U.S. that is being occupied. These Executive Committees will act as the original “Committees of Correspondence” did 235 years ago prior to the first American Revolution.

2. The Executive Committee will then tend to local issues such as obtaining permits, paying for public sanitation and dealing with the media. More importantly, the Executive Committees shall plan and organize the election of the 870 Delegates to a National General Assembly, as set forth in the 99% Declaration between now and July 4, 2012.

3. As stated in the 99% Declaration, each of the 435 congressional districts will form an election committee to prepare ballots and invite United States citizens in those districts to run as delegates to a National General Assembly in Philadelphia beginning on July 4, 2012 and convening until October 2012.

4. Each of the 435 congressional districts will elect one man and one woman to attend the National General Assembly in Philadelphia. The vote will be by direct democratic ballot regardless of voter registration status as long as the voter has reached the age of 18 and is a United States citizen. This is not a sexist provision; the drafting committee believes that women are dramatically under-represented in politics even though they comprise more than 50% of the population.

5. The Executive Committees will act as a central point to solve problems, raise money to pay for the expenses of the election of the National General Assembly and ensure that all 870 Delegates are elected prior to the meeting on July 4th.

6. The Executive Committees will arrange for a venue in Philadelphia to accommodate the Delegates attending the National General Assembly where the Petition of Grievances will be proposed, debated, voted on and approved. The Delegates will form committees, elect a chair from their own ranks to run the meetings of the National General Assembly and break any tie votes.

7. The final 99% Declaration and Petition of Grievances, after being voted upon by the 870 Delegates to the National General Assembly, will be formally presented by the 870 Delegates to all three branches of government and all candidates running for federal public office in November 2012. Thus, the Delegates would meet from July 4, 2012 to sometime in early to late October 2012 so that the Petition of Grievances may be presented prior to the election.

8. The Delegates to the National General Assembly would then vote on a time period, presently suggested as one year, giving the newly elected government in November an opportunity to redress the Petition of Grievances.

9. If the government fails to redress the petition of grievances and drastically change the path this country is on, the Delegates will organize a third independent political party to run candidates in the 2014 mid-term elections.

10. There will NEVER be any call for violence by the Delegates or anyone connected to this movement. Every Delegate will take a pledge to NEVER take any money, job promise, or gifts from any corporation, unions or any other private source. Any money donated or raised by the Executive Committees may only be used for publicizing the vote, paying for expenses of the local General Assemblies which will continue to meet, the National General Assembly, and for travel expenses and accommodation of the Delegates at the National General Assembly. All books and records will be regularly published openly online so that everyone may see how much money is raised and how the money is spent each month.

The 99% Declaration Drafting Committee

So what does Occupy Wall Street actually want to see happen?

What are the goals of the movement?

Well, a document was recently released that was entitled “The 99 Percent Declaration“.  This document puts forth the tentative demands of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The demands include getting all corporate money out of elections, forcing the wealthy to pay their “fair share” of taxes, Medicare for all American citizens, giving the EPA the power to totally shut down corporations, caps on carbon emissions, reduction of the national debt, student loan debt relief, passage of the Dream Act and reenactment of the Glass-Steagall Act.  In essence, what they want are all of the things that the far left thought that Barack Obama would do for them but that he never actually did.

The following is the text of “The 99 Percent Declaration”….

WHEREAS THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION PROVIDES:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

WE, THE NINETY-NINE PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in order to form a more perfect Union, by, for and of the PEOPLE, shall elect and convene a NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY beginning on July 4, 2012 in the City Of Philadelphia.

I. Election of Delegates:

The People, consisting of all United States citizens who have reached the age of 18, regardless of party affiliation and voter registration status, shall elect Two Delegates, one male and one female, by direct vote, from each of the existing 435 Congressional Districts to represent the People at the NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY in Philadelphia convening on July 4, 2012. The office of Delegate shall be open to all United States citizens who have reached the age of 18. Executive Committees, elected by local General Assemblies from all over the United States, shall organize, coordinate and fund this national election by direct democratic voting. The Executive Committees shall operate similarly to the original Committees of Correspondence during the first American Revolution.

II. Meeting of the National General Assembly and Deliberation:

At the NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY, the 870 Delegates shall set forth, consider and vote upon a PETITION OF GRIEVANCES to be submitted to all members of Congress, The Supreme Court and President and each of the political candidates running in the nationwide Congressional and Presidential election in November 2012.

III. Proposed Petition for the Redress of Grievances:

This PETITION OF GRIEVANCES shall be non-partisan and address the critical issues now confronting the People of the United States and will be deliberated and voted upon by the 870 Delegates in consultation with the 99%.

The final version of the PETITION OF GRIEVANCES voted upon by the Delegates of the National General Assembly MAY or MAY NOT include the following issues:

1. Implementing an immediate ban on all private contributions of money and gifts, to all politicians in federal office, from Individuals, Corporations, Political Action Committees, Super Political Action Committees, Lobbyists, Unions and all other private sources of money to be replaced by the fair and equal public financing of all federal political campaigns. We REJECT the concept that money is equal to free speech because if that were so, then only the wealthiest would have a voice. These actions must be taken because it has become clear that politicians in the United States cannot regulate themselves and have become the exclusive representatives of corporations, unions and the very wealthy who spend vast sums of money on political campaigns to influence the candidates’ decisions and ensure their reelection year after year.

2. The immediate reversal of the outrageous and anti-democratic holding in the “Citizens United” case by the Supreme Court, which equates the payment of money by corporations to politicians with free speech.

3. Prohibiting all public officials and their immediate family members, whether elected or appointed from EVER being employed by any corporation they regulate while in office or holding any stock or shares in any corporation they regulate while in office until a full 5 years after their term is completed.

4. A complete lifetime ban on accepting all gifts, services, money, directly or indirectly, to any elected or appointed officials or their immediate family members, from any person, corporation, union or other entity that the public official was charged to regulate while in office.

5. A complete reformation of the United States Tax Code to require ALL citizens to pay a fair share of a progressive, graduated income tax by eliminating loopholes, unfair tax breaks, exemptions and deductions, subsidies (e.g. oil, gas and farm) and ending all other methods of evading taxes. The current system of taxation favors the wealthiest Americans, many of who pay fewer taxes to the United States Treasury than citizens who earn much less and pay a much higher percentage of income in taxes to the United States Treasury.

6. Medicare for all American citizens adjusted by a means test (i.e. citizens who can afford it will opt-out of Medicare and pay their own health insurance or opt-in and pay a means tested Medicare premium). The Medicaid program, fraught with corruption and fraud, will be eliminated except for the purpose of providing emergency room care to indigent non-citizens who will not be covered by Medicare-for-all.

7. New comprehensive regulations to give the Environmental Protection Agency the power to shut down corporations, businesses or another entity that intentionally damages the environment and/or criminally prosecute individuals who intentionally damage the environment. Immediate adoption of the most recent international protocols to cap carbon emissions and new goals to transition away from fossil fuels to reusable or carbon neutral sources of power as soon as possible.

8. Adoption of an immediate plan to reduce the national debt to a sustainable percentage of GDP by 2020. Reduction of the national debt to be achieved by BOTH a cut in spending to corporations engaged in perpetual war for profit, the “healthcare” industry, the pharmaceutical industry and all other sectors that use the federal budget as their income stream AND a truly progressive income tax code that does not allow the wealthy and corporations to evade taxes through excessive deductions, subsidies and loopholes.

9. Passage of a comprehensive job and job-training bill to employ our citizens in jobs that are available with specialized training and by putting People to work tomorrow by repairing America’s crumbling infrastructure. Establishment of an online international job exchange to match employers with skilled workers or employers willing to train workers in 21st century skills.

10. Student loan debt relief. Our young People and students are more than $830 billion in debt from education loans alone. Payment and interest on these debts should be deferred for periods of unemployment and the principal reduced using a corporate tax surcharge and by extending the age to collect social security from 65 to 70.

11. Immediate passage of the Dream Act and comprehensive immigration and border security reform including offering visas, lawful permanent resident status and citizenship to the world’s brightest People to come and work in our industries and schools.

12. Recalling all military personnel at all non-essential bases and refocusing national defense goals to address threats posed by the geopolitics of the 21st century, terrorism and limiting the large scale deployment of military forces to instances where Congressional approval has been granted to counter the Military Industrial Complex’s goal of perpetual war for profit.

13. Mandating new educational goals to train the American public to perform jobs in a 21st Century economy, particularly in the areas of technology and green energy, taking into consideration the redundancy caused by technology and the inexpensive cost of labor in China, India and other countries and paying our teachers a salary that is competitive with the private sector.

14. Subject to the elimination of corporate tax loopholes and exploited exemptions and deductions stated above, offering tax incentives to businesses to reconstruct the manufacturing capacity of the United States and reinstitution of the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps and other emergency governmental agencies required to create new public works projects to provide jobs to the 46 million People living in poverty, the 9.1% unemployed and 10% underemployed.

15. Implementing immediate legislation to encourage China and our other trading partners to end currency manipulation or impose a consumption tax on goods that those countries export to the United States calculated by comparing the fair market value of the currency to the manipulated valuation.

16. Immediate reenactment of the Glass-Steagall Act and increased regulation of Wall Street and the financial industry by the SEC, FINRA and the other financial regulators, and the commencement of a Justice Department criminal investigations into the Securities and Banking industries practices that led to the collapse of markets, $700 billion bail-out, and financial firm failures in 2007-2008.

17. Adoption of President Clinton’s plan to end the mortgage crisis and instead of the Federal Reserve continuing to lower interest rates for loans to banks who are refusing to loan to small businesses and consumers, the Federal Reserve shall buy all underwater or foreclosed mortgages and refinance the these debt at 1% or less to be managed by the newly established Consumer Protection Agency and (foreclosure task force described below) because 1% or less is the interest rate the Federal Reserve loans to the banks directly who hoard the cash rather than loan it to the People and small businesses.

18. An immediate one year freeze on all foreclosures to be reviewed by an independent foreclosure task force appointed by Congress and the Executive Branch to determine, on a case by case basis, whether foreclosure proceedings should continue based on the circumstances of each homeowner.

19. Subject to the above ban on money and gifts in politics, additional campaign finance reform requiring free air time and public campaign finances to all candidates who obtain sufficient petition signatures and/or votes to participate in the primaries and/or electoral process, shortening the campaign season and allow voting on weekends and holidays. Voting must be accessible to all citizens for democracy to work.

20. An immediate withdrawal of all troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and a substantial increase in the amount of funding needed for veteran job placement and the treatment of the physical and emotional injuries sustained by veterans in these wars. Our veterans are committing suicide at an unprecedented rate and we must help now.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVLED that IF the PETITION OF GRIEVANCES approved by the 870 Delegates of the NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY in consultation with the PEOPLE, are not acted upon and implemented to the satisfaction of the Delegates of the NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY after presentment of the PETITION OF GRIEVANCES to the government, said Delegates shall begin to organize a THIRD, COMPLETELY NON-PARTISAN INDEPENDENT POLITICAL PARTY to run candidates for every seat in the mid-term election of 2014.

★THE NINETY-NINE PERCENT★

It would be a mistake to underestimate this movement.  They have raised nearly $300,000 already, and they are getting millions of dollars worth of free publicity every day.  A recent survey conducted by Time Magazine discovered that 54 percent of all Americans have a favorable impression of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

That same poll found that 81 percent of the American people believe that this country is headed in the wrong direction.  Millions of Americans are searching for something, and right now Occupy Wall Street is giving them a banner to rally around.

Oddly, the American Nazi Party and Communist Party USA have both endorsed the Occupy Wall Street protests.  It appears that these protests have stuck a chord with a lot of diverse groups.

But what is going to happen once winter sets in?  Will all of these young people still sleep outside when temperatures dip below zero?

Well, according to the Economic Policy Journal, the organizers have a plan to “move south” for the winter….

The idea is to move Occupation Boston to NYC, as it gets colder. Then move Occupation Wall Street to Washington DC and then down to Florida. At some point, the Occupation would head across the south to California and then head back to the northeast in the Spring.

It will be very interesting to see what happens with this movement.

As the economy continues to crumble, a lot of very angry Americans are going to be looking for some answers.

Yes, wealth and power have become incredibly concentrated in this country.  The big banks and the big corporations have accumulated way too much power and way too  much money.

But instead of moving from “corporatism” back to a much more pure form of “capitalism” which would give individuals and small businesses more of a chance to compete against the giants, most of the folks associated with Occupy Wall Street just want the government to take lots of money away from the big guys and to give it to them.

That is part of what is wrong with America today.  People don’t want to work for what they want.  They just want the government to hand it to them.

Yes, the gap between the wealthy and the poor has absolutely exploded in the United States over the last 30 years.  Just check out this chart.

Of course that is a major problem.

But the answer is not to go from one collectivist system (“corporatism”) to another collectivist system.

Rather, the answer is to go back to a much more pure capitalist system.  This is what our founders intended.  In such a system, the power of the federal government and the power of large corporations would be greatly limited.

Sadly, the American people have become very comfortable with very large concentrations of money and power.  They don’t understand that very large concentrations of money and power, whether they be found in government or in the corporate world, are great threats to our freedoms and our liberties.

Unless something dramatic happens, America is going to continue to fall apart and protest movements such as Occupy Wall Street are going to continue to grow.

As the overall economic pie shrinks, Americans are going to fight bitterly over the remaining scraps.  This is going to become a very angry nation, and we are going to see some very frightening economic riots in the future.

So do any of you believe that there is hope that we can restore America to what it once was?

Please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts below….

  • mark

    This movement will be funded by George Soros and labor unions. The labor unions will fund this through pushing their members to donate directly to the cause and not through the union itself if they live by the rules they wish to create. If they start a new party, the democrat party will be history since todays democrat party is a ragtag group of different radicals. At this time Americans are not going to sign on to this socialist garbage if the socialists say who they are. Remember the Nazi party are socialists. The extreme side of the communists will push these groups towards violence when the government does not into their demands. If you think that unemployment is high now, let these folks have their way and it will go to over 50%. In #7, if I heat my hone with wood, it sounds like these nuts want to put me in prison. Their system seems like a police state to me.

  • Debt Is Paid Or Defaulted On

    I have news for all groups concerned that we are flat broke, and your world will change from one of protest to one of being too damned busy trying to survive in a very different and dangerous world. These type of global events start off with currency wars followed by trade wars and finally the real deal. I don’t say this but rather history.

  • gary2

    Michael-as you know I was in the occupy Milwaukee this weekend. There were about 2000 people. There were at least 20% Ron Paul supporters (my estimate by the # of Ron Paul signs).

    There was also people on megaphones saying to end the fed. They are welcome and I saw no one say anything negative about them.

    I disagree with a lot of the Ron Paul platform, however, I agree with enough of it to set aside our differences and work together.

    IMO if we can fix what we agree on maybe the rest will no longer be the big issues they currently are.

    I again need to say I was surprised by the number of folks who were saying end the Fed. A large number of folks on these sites espouse this and I am beginning to see their wisdom.

    Report: One in Four Millionaires Pays Less in Taxes than Some in Middle Class
    by Lori Montgomery

    A quarter of millionaires in the United States pay a smaller share of their income in federal taxes than many middle-class families, according to a new congressional analysis that offers fresh support for President Obama’s push to raise taxes on the nation’s wealthiest households.

    I forgot where I came across this article, however, this is a big part of the 99% movement.

    Michael-capitalissm will always devolve into corporatism which is why it is an inherently flawed system. We need a mix with the best of all systems.

    Example-capitalism is good at wealth generation but terrible at wealth distribution. This is a undeniable fact. This is where strong social safety nets and programs that really help the poor can help with the distribution problem.

    • D

      The US was never a capitalist country. It has always been a form of corporate-fascism since 1913. Now the elites have used their resources to brainwash everyone into believing all OWS protestors are communists. You gotta love it.

      Capitalism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism….doesn’t matter. They will all collapse soon. Prepare for WWIII.

  • Colin

    The capitalism of Adam Smith, and of our Founding Fathers, would be reviled by the modern conservative movement.

    Adam Smith wrote, “It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion” This idea was later incorporated into the Marxist and Communist ideologies.

    Adam Smith, also, argued that value was a product of labor (the Labor Theory of Value) which was also incorporated into the Marxist and Communist ideologies.

    • Guido

      I’m going to have to go back and do some reading-but I’m pretty sure Smith wouldn’t have supported our present tax code, which no man in America understands, or our government, which has wandered pretty far off the reservation.

      Actually, I seem to remember the system our Founding Fathers set up insured there would be NO income tax. They set it up so that any tax had to be for a specific use. So, whether Smith can be construed to support a progressive tax, or not, it doesn’t matter-we weren’t supposed to have one. Prior to the income tax amendment, we raised most of our taxes from tariffs on trade and direct taxes. It worked fine-except our government is too weak to control its spending.

  • nick

    what is america so afraid of? wasnt your country the same one that kicked the british out? that pretty much won the second world war? now, look at you. so scared of bongo drummers and hippies. ooh, they want to tax the rich and kill uncle sam!

  • United We Stand For Prosperity

    Major issue with #7. C02 is the “gas of life”. Look it up.
    And no on raising the retirement age. Please. If anything, age of retirement needs to be lowered to free up positions for the young in the workforce. Besides that, just wait till these young able-bodied kids get to be 50 and above and they’ll rue the day they wished for retiring at 70! Lots of not-so-comfortable age related conditions to contend with, ya know. And, it’s a rotton deal to force Gramma and Gramps into the rat race and work them until they drop. What next, children can’t know their Grandparents? Bad enough both mom and dad don’t have family time left. Ah, hell, let’s all just join the gulag young and old alike.

    • Guido

      They’re not forcing old people into retirement. The original SS rules were set up long ago when people didn’t live as long as they do now. Now, I think the median death age in the US is now about 79? Folks live longer than ever before and stay younger longer-so it’s not unreasonable to raise the age some to reflect it.

  • VegasBob

    I wish I could believe that there is some hope for America to regain its status as a world leader and beacon of liberty and hope for the world.

    But the country is too far gone. We have military bases and/or troops in over 100 foreign countries. That’s not DEFENSE. It’s OFFENSE and it’s empire-building. Even as we teeter on the verge of national bankruptcy due to unsustainable entitlement and military spending, neither political party has the guts to actually reduce government spending to a sustainable level.

    As a nation, we will spend until we are completely bankrupt and reduced to the level of a Third World Banana Republic.

  • Justa Guy

    Not really going to work. They’re too all-over-the-place with some of this, and a majority of the 99% will not want to support some of the aspects of this plan.

    1)Protecting the environment is important, but ramming through some international carbon cap laws is not what the US needs, especially when it could harm the 99% financially and/or the economy. We need our own individualized laws that address our own specific needs, in balance with not being to overbearing to wreck our crippled economy.

    2)Although the infrastructure certainly needs work, using the government to create jobs doesn’t create wealth, and will probably make our debt situation worse, unless it is countered with cuts that make it affordable.

    3)Most of the 99% are not interested in dream-acting immigrants into our country to take our jobs at this point, since there aren’t enough jobs for citizens. We don’t need to attract bright people from other countries if you teach Americans how to do it. They ought to be looking to reform the college education system to get rid of all the “well-rounding” classes that waste time and money not teaching you to perform the job you are being trained for.

    4)Adopting president Clinton’s plan: isn’t he the one who created the sub-prime mess by pushing for anyone and everyone to own a home? not to mention, his enthusiasm for NAFTA? he’s another corporate/banker puppet, so why would we want anything he gives us?

    5)Bringing troops home and trying to find them jobs, when unemployment is already through the roof, probably won’t happen. The only way they could come home that wouldn’t create additional unemployment would be to put them on the border to keep illegals out, which this group seems to be against, considering their dream-acting. I definitely think we should look for ways to start bringing troops home and phasing them back into society, but it will probably have to be slow and well planned so as not to capsize the crippled economy.

    If they’re going to have a 99% declaration, they need to stick with the issues that the vast majority of the 99% can agree on.

  • Min Rkist

    This article makes the Occupy Wall Street Crowd seem like a bunch of leftist. We are not left, We are libertarians. We want the end to UN meddling (i.e. Agenda 21). We want the end to a central banking system that is not in the control of the federal government. We want and end to the expensive and fruitless wars. There are those who intend on hijacking the movement. Think Unions/ Communists ecetera. I believe the source material for this article came from these groups. The demands from the leftists are crazy and is sure to result in violence, think Petrograd 1917. OWS needs to steer back to its roots for the sake of the United States and Western Civilization.

    • Michael

      I am afraid that the truth is that if you took a poll, a solid majority of OWS protesters would be in favor of Agenda 21

      Michael

  • mondobeyondo

    I’m already starting to like the previews to this movie. “The Voice of the Sheeple” is bound to be better than “The Silence of the Lambs”.

    Whether the Occupy Wall Street movement will survive… MAYBE. (That’s a big maybe. hee!) It has a chance. The movement has already gone worldwide. But it may be too little, too late for the U.S. The banking system and big corporations are at the point where they already have the 99% with a noose around their neck. In spite of your rage, you’re still just a rat in a cage. (Smashing Pumpkins, FYI). There’s always hope though.

    Sounds like the 99% have already drafted a new constitution of sorts. But there are no “founding fathers” to speak of. Who is the leader or leaders of the movement? There are none. The Tea Party at least has a few quasi-leaders (Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann….) But Occupy Wall Street has no real leaders, and to have a movement that makes a difference, you need someone (or someones) to lead it.

    Hopefully, Woodstock on Wall Street does not become a parody of itself – like the group of hippies that during the Democratic national convention in 1968, decided to tape cardboard wings on a pig and call it “Pigasus”.

  • Matt

    WELL WE NEED NEW PARTIES,YOU ARE A DUMBED DOWN FOOL IF YOU CONTINUE TO VOTE FOR THE TWO PARTY DICTATORSHIP,LESSER OF TWO EVILS DOESN´T HACK IT ANYMORE…….JUST STATUS QUO TALKING POINTS…

  • Guido

    This is precisely why we live in a Constitutional Republic, NOT a democracy. Plato considered democracy one of the 6 worst forms of government because it was rule by the poor and ignorant, duh masses. As Boortz likes to say, duh masses are dumb asses.

    Thankfully, duh masses’ knee jerk reactions, fads, and random interests are diluted and balanced by our system of government. Otherwise, we might still be eating Freedom Fries…

    Actually, I wouldn’t mind seeing an authentic 3rd party. As long as they aren’t like that BS New Party, where you could be a member and still be a Democrat, too, I support it. Start up yet another Socialist party and split the Democrat Party in half, just in time for the elections.

    I won’t call their platform stupid, I actually agree with some of their ideas, but they’re obviously extreme leftists and they’re still not seeing the fundamental truth of the Welfare State-You can’t set up a cradle-to-grave nanny state and hope to preserve freedom. The money always runs out before the needs do.

    The so-called 99% are going to destroy this nation if they get what they think they want. Were they to get these demands, our nation would be finished. The dynamo of America’s economy would stutter and fail and we would be slaves in our own nation.

    Michael is right-the cure for Corporatism is not Collectivism; it’s Freedom. We have a Constitution that guarantees that freedom-it would be nice if we used it for a change.

  • Joe Johnson

    I see this site as a subversive right wing site that has the goal of undermining the OWS movement, not embrace it. The insidious reference to the Nazi and Communist Parties endorsing this movement is a telltale sign. I think we are being fooled into believing this site represents the left progressive mindset. I believe it to be a Trojan Horse.

    • Guido

      Subversive?!? OWS is the subversive movement. This site has nothing to do with OWS-they’re merely commenting on it.

      At no point has Michael said this is in any way a left wing site. Read the about page!

      And it’s true- both extremes support this movement. It does not represent 99% of anything.

    • mondobeyondo

      Trojan horse? Yikes!!

      Fortunately, my brain has both extreme left-wing and extreme right-wing virus protection installed.

  • jackieR

    Our current politicians will see this as a threat to their security and the next president will be the new Super Committee.

  • A.S.

    Maybe HAARP should be used to cause an earthquake in Manhattan? I DO NOT condone killing anyone, just destroying the property and wealth of evil corporists, bankers, elitists, etc.

  • A.S.

    A call to everyone who hold a bank account: if you can manage without one, withdraw all your money and close your accounts. Make them lose billions daily until all evil bankers are homeless themselves. Then they will see how much we suffered!

  • A.S.

    Quoting:

    “But instead of moving from “corporatism” back to a much more pure form of “capitalism” which would give individuals and small businesses more of a chance to compete against the giants, most of the folks associated with Occupy Wall Street just want the government to take lots of money away from the big guys and to give it to them.”

    The only way to get more small business to come back and to compete with corporations is to
    1. Bring back into law (or start enforcing) under penalty of full life imprisonment if anything of these are done:
    a. Trusts
    b. Monopolies
    c. Stock Market manipulation
    d. ForEX manipulation
    e. Ownership of offshore accounts
    f. Hiding public records and information
    g. Add to my list

    2. Get rid of ALMOST ALL regulations for starting a business.

    3. End the Federal Reserve ASAP. Bring back gold and silver coins (no paper money whatsoever) printed by the U.S. mint.

    4. The U.S. gov’t loans money at 0% to any person wanting to start a small business (given the approval of an independent owned review committee).

    I have an idea for a small business. If there are any investors out there, please email Michael and he will get back to me, as I would like to protect my privacy.

  • Kevin

    What needs to be done is vote out the incumbents in both parties and vote in grassroots supported people that have not previously held any significant public office. Schoolteachers, doctors, engineers, chemists and good bright HS graduates would make excellent leaders.

    The money connection for all campaigns needs to be severed by statute and true regulation of banking and finance starting with Glass- Steagall as it was adopted in the 1930s not it’s later watered down version before it was completely abandoned in the late 1999s. There is a lot of power in the vote.

  • REED RICHARDS

    THE ASYLUM STATES OF AMERIKA IS MORALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY BANKRUPT, AND AS SUCH, IS ULTIMATELY DOOMED TO FAILURE AND THERE IS NOTHING STOPPING IT:

    Time to douse some very cold water on this puff piece of an article. You say it is far too early to make any sweeping generalizations about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Well, I respectfully beg to differ. The facts of the matter are these:

    1. The wall streeters (we’ll call them that for now) are not now nor will they be in the future any major force to effect change in the asylum states of amerika or any other asylym nation around the world.

    2. The reason for number one being true is that Jamie Dimon will unleash his bought and paid for NYPD and the remaining oligarchs here and around the world will unleash their bought and paid for police enforcers for the crime bosses against any citizen movement before it reaches critical mass.

    3. Like the teabaggers before them being coopted by the republican wing of the war party, the wall streeters will be coopted by the democratic wing of the war party. OWS “celebrity” Jesse Legreca is a blogger for the Daily Kos and we all know that Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas is slavishly chained to the Democratic wing of the war party and he will go over any cliff that they tell him to jump off of.

    This is more a puff piece than any factual analysis of what will occur with this movement. Would it be nice if this movement or any other movement could truly move the politics and the culture to a more moral standard that people could live with peacefully and prosperously? Of course it would. But the key element that you are missing is that beginning with the so-called
    “baby boomer” generation and every generation thereafter has taken a “me first” and a “money trumps all” approach to things. And once they and the asylum as a whole became morally and intellectually bankrupt, the societal collapse that you are currently witnessing become totally inevitable.

    IN A NUTSHELL:

    RT and other outlets are doing their level best to give the OWS all the media it can spare, but to no avail because in the grand scheme of things there are far too many people today in this asylum who will sell out for their two pieces of silver and therefore could care less about the current societal collapse.

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  • Randome-11

    The Moonbat People´s Party, more like.

  • Guido

    You’re right, Michael. People want the sun and the moon and the stars-but they want someone else to pay for it.

    Someone else should pay for your health care, your education, higher education, if you want it, any debt you run up and don’t feel like paying, your car, and your retirement. While we’re at it, where’s the government stand on paying for my burial? Death is expensive, too.

    With a collapsing economy, the last thing we need is to get soaked for even more entitlements and freebies. If we don’t start making responsible decisions while we have the chance, circumstances will force these decisions on us.

    • Gary2

      damn straight-tax the rich and spread the wealth!

      Someone else should pay for your health care, your education, higher education, if you want it, any debt you run up and don’t feel like paying, your car, and your retirement. While we’re at it, where’s the government stand on paying for my burial? Death is expensive, too.

      • When’s Dinner?

        you want someone to raise your kids to ? and feed them for ya? you bum!

      • Guido

        At what point, Gary2, are you responsible for your self? And where do you draw the line? When are you required to pay your own way? If you want an Xbox, do I have to pay for that, too?

        If everyone else is supposed to be footing your bills, does that then mean they can take an interest in your health and welfare?

        Ayn Rand had a great passage in Atlas Shrugged when one of her characters described how the new Socialist plan at the car factory worked out. People resented it when their neighbors’ kids needed braces or a family member broke an arm. I could see that happen under your brave new world. NYC already feels justified in controlling what welfare recipients drink, so what’s to stop the fedgov from demanding you exercise and eat right if you’re under their care?

        I don’t care how hard it is-you can’t convince me I have a duty to live for other people.

  • D

    The people in the OWS movements aren’t all looking for government handouts and young of age. Many are young and old, college educated – pissed because they can’t find anything but slave wages. We have a fascist government, and it has been like this for over 40 years. It’s just becoming more clear now. This is just the beginning.

    The movements mean nothing in the election – all parties with pick entities of the elite and other shadow governments. The sheeple still strongly outweigh everyone, and the right/left fight will continue.

    When it starts getting bad, WWIII will personally affecting and distract us (it has already begun). Then all of these OWS people who “want everything handed to them” will be drafted and killed in war (possibly including you), if that makes anyone feel better.

    We are to a point of no return. We cannot go back to a capitalist society because we never were one. The US has been a shadow fascist country for almost a century (1913) and nothing to going to stop the train from going off the tracks. The elite, politicians, and a select few are aware of this 100% fully.

    This shrivel news doesn’t even bother me anymore. What does bother me is the eventually major world war about to take place. It already started, and soon the world powers will all be involved. You can smell it in the air – should be a fun winter. 11-11-11 will be an important date.

    Check out threeworldwars.com

    • REED RICHARDS

      D,

      I agree with you totally that we have a fascist government running things, but what you fail to mention is that this is the form of government that people vote for every two and four years. No sane, rational, thinking person with two brain cells to rub together would support either wing of the war party (both democrats and republicans) because both wings of the war party are bought and paid for by banking and corporate cash. And yet, who is the latest “knight on a white horse” that people thought were going to “save them”? Barack Hussein Obama, that’s who.

      IN A NUTSHELL:

      I have no sympathy for people whose wounds are self inflicted. And the people inflict these wounds upon themselves every time they pull the lever cha ching! (reps) or cha ching! (dems). Anyone who is foolish enough to vote for the “lesser of two evils” every election thinking that the two pieces of silver they are getting in return is getting exactly what he/she deserves……….

      • Justa Guy

        Yeah, but unfortunately the rest of us are stuck with their lame decisions…

  • http://www.povertylinejournal.blogspot.com/ the optimist

    9. If the government fails to redress the petition of grievances and drastically change the path this country is on, the Delegates will organize a third independent political party to run candidates in the 2014 mid-term elections.

    Forget that “unless you change your ways” nonsense. Too much of a concession. They (Democrats/Republicans) have blown their opportunities already. We KNOW what they are made from. The only answer is to IMMEDIATELY start forming a third party, and not deal with the two existing parties ever again.

    I support this movement 100%.

  • Jeff

    After reading your perceptions on this, it’s quite clear you have not been to Liberty Plaza. If you had been, you would have gone away with a much less judgmental perspective. And the diversity of the people involved with this (including myself) would give you great reason to believe that democracy may still live in the republic. Invariably, that is the irreducible demand of OWS; justice and democracy.

    • Guido

      Yeah, I can’t be there, but after seeing the videos of the folks who are there-I don’t want to go there. They look like a dirty bunch of ignorant tools. The interviews where no one seems coherent or even aware of why they’re protesting say a lot about the validity of the movement. And the information coming to light about who is funding the protest don’t make it sound savory or legitimate. There are most likely valid arguments and reasonable people there-but the idiots and the lame stream media propagandizing us do nothing to win me over.

      • When’s Dinner?

        and im paying for this-

    • Gary2

      Michael is a right wing hack. He will probably guest hosting Rush in the near future.

      • Justa Guy

        Now you attack Michael? And all he’s ever had for you is kind words, even though he may not agree with you. I thought you borrowed the pic for your name, but I’m beginning to wonder if it isn’t a self-portrait…

        • Gary2

          I really like Michael and I point out these things to make him the best writer ever! I want him to succeed!

          • Michael

            Thank you Gary. :)

            I like you too and I want you to be very blessed with a better job.

            And also to find a relationship with God, but that might be a long term project. ;)

            Michael

  • Kevin

    Just a thought. Once upon a time it was said that, “Americas business is business”. Thinking about that statement it made sense when that business resided in the USA and employed Americans. Obviously times have changed so to a significant degree that statement no longer applies in regards to the common person. The statement should be reworded as follows, “Americas business is to return business to the USA with the end result that it pays wages that are livable by US standards”. Helping and protecting business that is outside of the US is contrary to the Preamble of the US Constitution which in effect is the mission statement of our government; It clearly states “For Ourselves”. Nowhere is the US government authorized to help others at our expense.

  • TKO

    sounds great: where do I sign up?

  • William

    “Far left” ??? Not so. I view the OWS crowd as anti-establishment. I am anti-establishment, as the “establishment” is not doing very well these days, with immoral and unnecessary wars, exploding unnecessary DOD expenses, tax policies that only benefit the well off, and a sharply declining middle class. Get off the Faux News spin, it is unbecoming.

    • Guido

      Funny Obama has presided over all those problems for a couple years now, yet the Handout Party sees no connection.

      Sure, you say you’re anti-establishment, but the establishment is now the folks who are anti-establishment. Obama’s got the same ideology as the protesters. His staff have the same ideology as the protesters. i.e. Valerie Jarret or Van Jones. Many of the Dems running congress share the same ideology as the protesters. i.e. Pelosi or Feinstein or Reid. Many or even most of the media shares the same ideology as the protesters. i.e. NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN… Many of the judges share the same ideology as the protesters. i.e. the 11th Circus or Kagan and Sotomayor. Even many in business today share the same ideology as the protesters. i.e. Google.

      These days, if you really want to be anti-establishment, you might look into Conservatism; see what it is actually about, not what NBC tells you it’s about and explore the founding documents of your nation, like the Constitution. You might get away from mass media and do your thinking for yourself.

  • mondobeyondo

    Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act. It may give the U.S. economy a fighting chance. Maybe.

    (it’ll never be done, of course)

  • mondobeyondo

    And be wary of any government or party that has the word “People” in their name. A couple of examples are:

    People’s Republic of China
    People’s Liberation Army (China)

    Do they represent the people? Yes and No.

    Insofar as they have the people at the point of a gun, at the risk of imprisonment or death, yeah, you can say they represent the people… but the average “man on the street” thinks otherwise.

    Unfortunately, he/she isn’t allowed to express their real opinion openly. Prison is not a nice place.

    Just be very, very careful. “Department of Homeland Security” isn’t that far removed from “People’s Organization for National Safety”. And it sounds frightenly similar to “Fatherland” (Nazi Germany) and “Motherland” (Soviet Union). As for myself – I’d like to see a “Department of Home, Hearth, Health, and Good Time Living”.

  • Heidi

    Oh my goodness. Two articles in one day saying anyone like myself who protested the banks getting BILLIONS of We the People’s money while kicking hardworking people who have lost their jobs out of their homes is a commie.

    Millions are homeless and jobless because our corrupt government let the corporations move their jobs to Mexico.
    Millions more are working for far less than they should just to be working.

    I don’t agree with every thing said by the OWS. I do agree with getting the rampant corruption out of our government. Give the people a fair shake.

    I stand by my sign. “Right or Left: We are all the 99%”

    This is not about social issues: it is about fair government and fair laws governing large corporations.

    All good things!
    ~Heidi

    • Michael

      I am against the bank bailouts too.

      I just think we need to take a look at what is really behind these Occupy Wall Street protests.

      A lot of people with good intentions are out there protesting.

      But a lot of people that have a very dangerous agenda are out there too.

      Michael

      • Guido

        It’s interesting that Nazis, Communists, Socialists, and anti-Semites and the Obama White House can all come together to agree on the same thing…

        The American Nazi Party released a statement in support of Occupy Wall Street movement.
        —-//—-
        “The foremost authority on National Socialism in America has this to say about “Occupy” [ANP leader Rocky Suhayda -ed.] :

        What is really MISSING – is the “MOVEMENT” from these popular protests – its time to pull WN heads out of their collective ass’s, and JOIN IN the attack on Judeo-Capitalism. What do you suggest? That WN Working Class White people DEFEND the Judeo-Capitalists? IF the “movement” wasn’t so PATHETIC it would be OUT THERE – LEADING these protests! The fact that its these “lefties” as you call them, who are picking up the ball and running with it – only shows how much more in tune THEY are with the fed up masses of White Workers, than the fossilized, reactionary “right-wing”. WHO holds the WEALTH and POWER in this country – the JUDEO-CAPITALISTS. WHO is therefore the #1 ENEMY who makes all this filth happen – the JUDEO-CAPITALISTS. WHO therefore do WN need to FIGHT? My heart is right there with these people, perhaps someday the “movement” will SHOW the same COURAGE and DEDICATION that these people OUT THERE FIGHTING are SHOWING!

        Sincerely, ROCKY SUHAYDA Hail Victory! 88!”
        —-//—-

        And here’s what the Communists have to say:
        “From the CPUSA website:

        This is an exciting time! Thousands of mainly young people have been occupying Wall Street for three weeks already, and the “Occupy Movement” has spread to more than 200 other cities. On Oct. 6 the actions spread to our nation’s capital.

        The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) will hold a national teleconference to discuss it:

        Arturo Cambron
        The Communist Party and the Occupy L.A. Movement
        Tuesday, October 11, 8 pm Eastern
        Teleconference number: 605-475-4850 (please note this is the corrected number. ignore previous.)
        Access code: 1053538#

        Southern California Party leader Arturo Cambron will share how the CPUSA and Young Communist League (YCL) are working in “Occupy Los Angeles.”

        This movement, also known as the “99% movement,” is being hailed across the country. Movements and organizations are reaching out in solidarity. The AFL-CIO is opening union halls and offering other material assistance. Ordinary people are donating food, money and materials.

        In many areas, the “Occupy Movement” is linking up with the National American Wants to Work Week of Actions, Oct. 10-16.

        No doubt the “Arab Spring” demonstrations and those that exploded in Wisconsin, Ohio and elsewhere have inspired it. But underlying it all is the economic crisis, the massive unemployment and growing realization that nothing is getting better, and in fact we may be slipping into a “double dip” crisis. The crushing student debt and the feeling of being locked out of society with no future compound this.

        The movement is the newest wrinkle in the all-people’s upsurge against the banks and corporations and reflects a new level of class-consciousness.”

        —-//—-

        And the racists were nice enough to contribute their share as covered below:

        http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/07/anti-semitism-at-occupy-wall-street/
        http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/279165/dark-side-occupy-wall-street-protests-charles-c-w-cooke
        http://weaselzippers.us/2011/10/05/occupy-wall-street-protester-spews-vile-anti-semitism-the-jews-control-wall-street-fuck-the-jews-fuck-israel/
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMjm4LxFa1c
        http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/10/11/occupy-wall-street-has-an-anti-semitism-problem/

        —-//—-
        I don’t think this means all the Handout Party protesters are Racist CommuNazis, but people do tend to judge you by the company you keep. At least when I’ve been out to Tea Party gatherings, I’ve never seen this kind of behavior or any racist, sexist, bigoted, or homophobic signs, no mater how much the media would like to accuse them of being pure evil.

  • Louinjax

    Beware the Oligopolists!

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    I can’t get over the arrogance of these people calling themselves the 99%. That said some of these are good ideas, but OWS is to little, to narrow politically, and to late.
    I don’t see much deep thought, substance, or a realization that the Welfare State is dying. The western world is broke big government and OWS is not the answer. This will be either be history or evolve into something with more staying power in a year, but I’m not hopeful.

  • Gary2

    I am holding the “recall walker” sign in the right side in the middle of the picture.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wisconsinjobsnow/6254619856/in/set-72157627791348659

    • Michael

      I am proud of you for getting out there and taking a stand for what you believe in.

      That is more than most people are doing.

      Michael

      • Guido

        Yeah, it’s wonderful seeing references to guillotines, pictures of murderer, Che Guevara, and one-world flags. It just warms my heart.

        • Gary2

          and how many times do you get up off the couch and go do something?

  • _Underscore

    I can’t see how you prevent capitalism turning into corporatism without MORE government intervention. Therefore the call for smaller government is precisely the wrong one. The Tea Party is funded by huge corporations that are pushing the small government agenda to rid themselves of the regulations that would further exploit workers and increase their own profit margins.

    A George Monbiot article in the Guardian today makes a great point about lobby groups in the UK which applies here too:
    “Freedom is what all these groups claim to stand for. But the freedom they promote is of a particular kind. They are not campaigning for freedom from hunger or poverty. They are not demanding free access to health and education. They are not lobbying for freedom from industrial injuries, exploitation, pollution or unscrupulous banking. When these libertarians say freedom, they mean freedom from the rules that prevent their sponsors behaving as they wish: mistreating their workers, threatening public health and using the planet as their dustbin.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/oct/17/millionaires-corporations-tax-breaks-sway-opinion

    Humans work best as a society. The Right tries to divide us by subscribing to media frenzy that the poor/immigrants//this week’s enemy are trying to take your hard earned money, whilst the rich 1% laugh at the squabbling and keep it all for themselves.

    It’s like the old joke: A CEO, a worker and a benefit claimant are sat round a table with 12 biscuits on a plate. The CEO takes 11 biscuits, leans forward and says to the worker, “The benefit claimant is trying to take your biscuit”.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    JESUS WAS NOT A REPUBLICAN!!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFtL28IYIeM

  • Monk

    Related:

    NSFW/Not Safe for Kids due to profanity

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVNFGao42Ak

  • Gilly Ozborne

    I support this Declaration.

  • Deb

    The founders of this country all owned slaves, and most of them didn’t think women should be allowed to vote. Their opinions can be considered, but should never be held as gospel.

    Pure capitalism has failed. Every time we deregulate, things get worse. The only workable solution is to have a moderately-sized government that is held accountable by the citizens. Yes, that means more work for we the people. But the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. You can rant and rave about secret Communists and George Soros all you want, but at the end of the day your paranoid ramblings don’t hold a candle to the people asserting their will over the real crooks in this country.

  • Eric

    A third party you say? I think that would be super-duper awesome if left-wing america was that stupid! It will bleed votes from the Democrats and ensure a Republican landslide which will make 2010 look like chump change. Your comparisons to the Tea Party are quite predictably ill-informed.

    The Tea Party vets candidates at the earliest stages of elections and controls who makes it into the Repbulican Party. Then, the place all support behind said candidates to get the Repub. nomination.

    OWS makes the classic left-wing mistake of assuming that the whole country supports their reprocessed marxism. They say “we are the 99%”, when the truth is that they are “part” of the 99%. They speak only for themselves.

    On a side note, you gotta love the use of the word “occupy” with left-wing movements. Left wing political movements have been occupying places for decades. Eastern Europe, East Berlin, North Korea, Cambodia, Communist China. Combined death tolls approach 100 million.

  • George

    Just sad to read all that misaligned jibber jabber! All those requested changes, and yet not one word or mention about who issues the country’s currency!! That is the single most important issue that the United States faces today, and has fought against for over 200 years! If the Occupy Anything Braindead Uniformed Spooled Brats don’t address the abolishing of the Federal Reserve’s strangle hold on our money supply, then they are all just masturbating. The only problem in American is the Private Corporation called the Federal Reserve System Bank that charges the taxpayers and the government interest on the loaned money that belongs to the American people in the first place. As a thousand hack at the limbs, leaves, and branches, only one hacks at the root! Until we address the cause of the problems, we will always be trying to treat the symptoms! Abolish the Federal Reserve System and the Internal Revenue Service, and all the problems go away. Until then, those two agencies will destroy America, as is their plan!