Posted 1 year ago on Dec. 20, 2011, 5:41 p.m. EST by kronenb2
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The occupy movement will not last in its current form and needs to find a new way forward. Protesting is a great way to get attention for an issue but by itself it cannot influence policy.The movement should turn into a political party. This party will need to take on broader issues as well as inequality. These should include tax reform, enforcement of anti-trust laws, universal health care, drastic cuts to defense, immigration reform including amnesty, alternative energy and environmental protection, ending the war on drugs, campaign finance reform, and fixing and funding public education. Many people that are in favor of the Occupy movement also agree on these other issues. Also, these people are not represented by our current government but we could change that. It would not be easy but this party would have to build slowly by winning elections in favorable districts in urban areas. If the party could even get 5 people in the house of representatives that would be a major victory. Also the party could get people in local and state governments in liberal minded cities. The goals of the occupy movement will never be achieved through our current 2 party system. In order to create change we need to be able to vote for representatives that will bring about the change we desire. The only way to do this is to create our own party. The occupy movement has done an amazing job attracting attention to certain problems in this country, but there are many more problems that need to be addressed. The movement needs to adapt in order to achieve the change that it seeks.