Posted 10 years ago on Oct. 12, 2011, 6:28 p.m. EST by Rico
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I have spent a LOT of time here trying to figure out what OWC is about (see http://occupywallst.org/forum/what-has-happened-to-us), and I have learned a LOT. My distorted impression of the movement has been changed, and you have my support. I am a conservative, and I plan to try and convince all my associates to keep an open mind and listen to what you have to say. I think ALL of AMERICA can benefit from what you're doing IF you heed some advice.
There is general support in OWC for getting the money out of politics because they recognize that THIS is how the system gets corrupted. I hope everyone STICKS to that conviction even AFTER they learn the some of the largest donors are UNIONS rather than corporations (see http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php). It doesn't matter WHO's corrupting the process with their money, they ALL need to be STOPPED. If they have a case, make it with US, not with our elected representatives in a back-room deal where money changes hands. Personally, I ALSO support a Federal Election Fund and a BAN on ALL outside money in elections as well. Let's get ALL the money out so WE control the Government (see my proposal at http://occupywallst.org/forum/we-the-people-in-order-to-a-proposal/ )
There are some folks that are just complaining "things are bad, so we need to change something," without any real understanding of HOW we got here, what ROLE each of the parties (INCLUDING individual Americans... see my post at http://occupywallst.org/forum/inconvenient-truths-america/ ) played in the mess, and what we might do to correct things. Lot's of opinion, but little fact, and these people damage the credibility of the overall movement. PLEASE get them under control.
Some have identified the "boogeyman" to be the Federal Reserve, but I haven't found a SINGLE person who seems to actually UNDERSTAND the history of National Banks in America, WHY we set up the Fed mostly free from Congressional oversight, or WHY it MUST operate with a high degree of secrecy MUCH LESS what it actually DOES ( See http://occupywallst.org/forum/what-is-money/ for some good discussion). Again, lot's of opinion, but little fact, and that too damages the credibility of the movement. PLEASE get these people under control.
Finally, there are a select FEW who are attempting to paint the "rich" and the "banksters" the same way the Jews were painted by the Nazi's in order to marginalize a large segment of society. I am constantly having to remind folks that Bill Gates runs the largest charitable foundation in the history of the world and that he and Buffet have convinced 35 OTHER billionaires to give most of their wealth away as well ! Not ALL wealthy people have harmed us, and folks need to be careful to talk SPECIFICALLY about problems that need to be solved rather than marginalizing a segment of society using overly broad generalizations. PLEASE figure out how to get rid of the WITCH-HUNT language and tone. You MAY have to EJECT some of these people just like the Tea Party had to eject the RACISTS early on.
All that being said, there ARE some VERY well informed people here with VERY good ideas that I support UNCONDITIONALLY. I hope THESE people emerge as the leaders and are able to CONTROL those that do the movement harm !
Finally, I think that the "Get Money out of Politics" message is a VERY good unifying message for OWC. It's hard to imagine ANY American who would disagree this has been a problem, and you'd be making HISTORY and benefiting ALL OF AMERICA if you can make it happen !
I respect the passion, knowledge, and rational approach that many people here exhibited in our discussions. I'm REALLY glad I spent some time here getting to know some of you rather than listening exclusively to the media.
May the Wind Fill Your Sails.
EDIT: For those just joining the thread, I have been changed more than I imagined possible. Please read my comments starting at http://occupywallst.org/forum/one-percenter-ready-to-join-if/#comment-297372 for details.