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Forum Post: I don't understand. Again, why should I, a US citizen & taxpayer, be...

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 24, 2011, 10:50 a.m. EST by opensociety4us (914) from Norwalk, CT
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afraid of Occupy Wall Street?



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[-] 2 points by LSN45 (535) 12 years ago

I think the people that are really worried are the establishment folks - and they are doing everything they can put the protests in a negative light because they absolutely love the status-quo. Here's my 2 cents:

There are a lot of improvements that need to be made. The list reforms Americans want to see is long and varied depending on who you talk to. That said, I believe there is one reform that would provide the American people the best chances of seeing other meaningful reforms actually happen - that is REAL, loop-hope free CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM! I have seen others on this site calling this the "fulcrum" or pivotal issue. Right now the current legalized bribery, pay-to-play system of campaign donations and paid lobbyists has disenfranchised the American voter. Until this is fixed, any other reform the politicians may try to placate us with (be it a change to healthcare, clamping down predatory school loans, new financial regulations, etc.) will be about as effective as a farmer putting a new roof on his CHICKEN COOP, but still letting the FOX guard it.

We need to go back to the original political currency. Instead of the current system of who can collect the most money from corporations and special interests it should be who has the BEST IDEAS to EFFECTIVELY RUN THE COUNTRY (we don't need "Wealth Redistribution," what we need is "Political Influence Redistribution")!

For the sake of our children and future generations of Americans, we need to take back our democracy from the rich and powerful who are using their vast sums of money to "speak" as if they represent millions of Americans. This "Corporate Personhood" that has crept into our laws is allowing them to manipulating our policies in their favor at the expense of the average American (the recent "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling is a miscarriage of justice and must be reversed. The $50 or $100 a normal American may give to a political campaign becomes meaningless when corporations or other special interests are handing our millions to buy political access to the decision making process.

For decades now the corporations and special interests have had our "representatives" bought and paid for (both on the right and the left). Concentrating our efforts on getting the money out of our politics is the best way we can create an environment in which further reforms can be realized. Until we end the current system of legalized bribery (campaign donations) and paid lobbying our politicians will continue to be the LAP DOGS of the corporations and special interests. What we need first and foremost is real, loop-hole free CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM!!!! If the corruption is not dealt with first, the chance of any other meaningful reforms becoming a reality is almost zero - the special interests will just use their money to buy votes and put forward bills that create loop-holes or otherwise twist the law in their favor. If we want our children to live in a country where there vote matters, we need to get the money out of our politics, otherwise they will increasingly become the 21st century version of the "landless peasant." Spread the word - End the LEGALIZED BRIBERY!!! CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM needs to be THE main goal of the protests!!!

[-] 1 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

there is no reason in the world why an average citizen of the United States should be afraid of the Occupy Movement.

That's just silly.

[-] 1 points by AFarewellToKings (1486) 12 years ago

Because Attorney General Holder hasn't issued a proclamation offering full pardon to all the people of OWS yet?

[-] 1 points by Marxlust (6) from New York City, NY 12 years ago

Because of the apple juice

[-] 0 points by Farleymowat (415) 12 years ago

Because they mess in our parks and scare little children. Shit on cop cars. A very unhygienic disease spreading crowd. Be careful, one may shit on you or your children.

[-] 0 points by mee44 (71) 12 years ago

Because OWS represents the fake disenfranchised who have never paid their fair share and yet they actually believe they've put in more and should expect more than everyone else.

In other words, OWS is completely removed from reality.

They ARE the 51% who don't pay federal income taxes, but believe they are entitled.......


That's why you should be afraid.