Posted 5 years ago on May 16, 2012, 1:11 p.m. EST by francismjenkins
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Once the shock of the 2008 financial crisis was over, virtually no media pundit publicly discussed issues like restoring Glass Steagall. Robert Reich was one of the few lonely voices calling for its restoration, but the idea is catching on quickly. Whether it's just liberal pundits feeding us crap to get us to the polls, I really don't know, but suddenly pundits are giving this idea serious air time. Also, the 1%--99% idea has become entrenched in our popular discourse. I even read somewhere that New York State (and the federal government) has considered sending monitors to NYC to oversee the police department (because of all the allegations of police misconduct).
Okay, maybe change is not happening as quickly as we would like, but it is happening. I certainly questioned OWS's tactics in the beginning (although I strongly supported its goals, and I understood the reasoning for occupying Zuccotti Park, I was still skeptical .... could this idea really catch on, and I'm happy to say my skepticism has been quelled).
I started out as a garden variety liberal (not a lifelong liberal, more like a centrist for most of my life, but over the past 5+ years or so I've become exceedingly --I guess you could say-- liberal, albeit to the left of more conventional liberals). I'm still trying to purge partisan inclinations from my psyche, but my rational mind tells me that everything OWS stands for is desperately needed in our country (and world), and it's not only worth fighting for, but nothing else seems more important than fighting for these ideas (and slowly but surely these efforts will yield results).
Over the past several months that I've participated on this site, took the train down to NYC to participate in rallies, donated a little $$ to OWS, etc. I notice that there's been a real concerted effort by some people to try and stir up trouble. I know it much be angering, maybe even discouraging, but I view it as somewhat sad. I mean, I can't imagine what could be going through someone's mind when they seek to disparage a group that supports things like participatory democracy or rational regulations to safeguard our financial system or strengthening our middle class or helping our poor or providing education and healthcare for our citizens ... so I guess I feel more sorry for these people than I do angry at them. It seems like a very bitter and hostile way to lead a life (and it just can't be very conducive to psychological well being).