It’s raining today, a cold October rain, and it’s drenching the protestors on Wall Street. So, now what was once a hot, dirty encampment on concrete and asphalt is a cold wet struggle not to get washed out.
The weather is against them today, but in the past few weeks Occupy Wall Street has faced many enemies and supporters as well, chipping away at their meaning and message. Looking through their notes on the real website, (there are so many “would be’s” and “Could be’s,” not to mention all the “We are too’s!”) I see a lot of “we are not associated with…. “ notices.
From conservative media TV hosts and Bloggers assigning “meanings” to the protests, fear mongering with warnings of upcoming violence (there hasn’t been any on the part of the protestors, unless you count walking in the street) to an almost national obsession with the “demands” they expect. Actually, we’re really not looking for demands as much as proposed solutions to hold up or tear down. It’s a lot to handle for a loosely organized grass roots group barely 5 weeks old. Lately progressive groups like MoveOn.org and big labor have jollied their way forward trying to get in the lead. All these groups seem to have missed the point.
When was the last time you read Rolling Stone? I like Matt Taibbi, but I don’t read him much. Rather, I hear him from time to time on the local NPR station, WNYC. However, I will read him more from now on because of what he wrote in this “off-hand” piece.
It’s a concise response to being accused of participating in the “liberal Media” plot behind Occupy Wall street, and a solid analysis of the forces trying to align the movement. I think one of the best things he points out is that his, and many other reporters emails were stolen and forwarded to the NYPD, the FBI and who knows who else.
It’s nice to uncover a vast conspiracy, but this is just wishful thinking and none of the emails indicate that he, or anyone else who had their mail stolen was doing anything more than commenting and discussing Occupy Wall Street. It reminds me of another email hacking that supposedly “Blew the lid off a conspiracy.” But that still leaves the matter of stolen messages.
Isn’t that against the law? I thought it was. Certainly David Kernell was indicted and charged with Computer Fraud and after hacking into Sarah Palin’s email account and posting the emails. That’s a felony, which is why Mr. Kernell got a year in custody. I wonder if people like Thomas Ryan and Andrew Breitbart will end up before a judge? They didn’t get the liberal conspiracy they’d hoped for, how about some time in the slammer?
However, the real point here is that Occupy wall Street is not really aligned with any one of the two warring sides in America right now. And that’s because the kinds of complaints they have cross the boundaries of all sides. I can’t think of anyone I know, on this site or any other who wouldn’t like to see less corporate involvement in government. Wouldn’t we like the omnipresent army of lobbyists to have a lot less influence in Washington? Maybe we don’t think of ourselves as “99%-ers” but we all agree on some very serious points they’re making. That’s why I think the “Occupy” movement is growing so fast, it’s wide appeal.
Stuff’s broken around here, and if not broken at least in serious disrepair. Our governments works, but not all by itself. It needs periodic tune ups and course changes to keep it representing the people it was formed for. That’s our job. We could sit around complaining and invoking vast conspiracies to blame and add to the hopelessness and helplessness of our situation, or we could go and hold up our own sign in the rain.
As for demands, I have one. The next time someone sends the NYPD and the FBI someone else’s private email correspondence, how about they haul them in and mention that’s against the law. Please?
P.S. Thomas Ryan’s blog where he bragged about the hacking has mysteriously disappeared. Awwww….
Copyright Prentiss Gray 2011