The Rise of the 99 Percenters: More than Just a ‘Flash in the Pan”?

Definition:

Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We are the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.



Hope springs eternal; thank God people are beginning to wake up. As defined in its mantra, this is a new movement reminiscent of what happened during the 1960’s, without the violence. I am referring to the protest of people in the thousands that start with “Wall Street” and is finding its voice in communities across the country. With a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, moveon.org, Michael Moore among other stars representing the disaffected, we are on a roll. This energy needs to be channeled against the GOP and its philosophy created by and for its plutocrat, oligarchic base. People power will trump the power of money and corruption associated with the GOP and it is more than possible that a different outcome from what they anticipate will be the reality in the electoral contests planned for next year.

This has the potential to be, and to date appears to be, a progressive answer to the Rightwing Tea-Party. We are ‘calling out’ the ‘heads I win, tails you lose’ philosophy of the plutocrat who is more than happy to have you just sit on the sidelines and be quiet. Well, so much for that. I have written several articles hoping that this the day would come when the sleeping giant would finally awaken. This energy, this rage and frustration with actual disparity and unfairness needs to be channeled toward getting those that obstruct job creation and who prop up the interests of the aristocrats at our expense removed from political office next year. A small cry will now become a deafening roar, where the pusillanimous packaderm (GOP mascot) is forced on the run. A monkey wrench has been placed in the GOP design for the political contest next year. I could not be more delighted. I stand with these protesters in ideology and in spirit, and with what resources I have at my disposal.

To the young college participants; beware, the right-winger is ruthless in its treatment of dissent and will send forth its goons to discourage you at every turn. But its penchant for violence as with what occurred at Kent State in 1970 will just add more fuel to the fire and spread the movement throughout the nation. They're going to tell you that you are naïve, unsophisticated and that you need to go home to mom and dad, but don’t be marginalized or patronized. You are asking the right questions and your instincts are good. Stand your ground and we will prevail. The reactionary controlled legislatures will attempt to inhibit your right to vote. You must resist the machinations of your adversaries.

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We will use the communication technology of today to spread the message and include the involvement of people on an ever greater scale, both in breath and depth. We won’t let anybody turn us around! A small, unruly crowd can quickly become a disciplined army with a focused goal. I am proud that this group has chosen to take a stand and demand answers from the aristocrat as to the concentration of so much wealth in hands of so few, and how is it going to be sustained over time now that you insist on being heard. The right-winger says that you are all being brainwashed by a liberal education establishment, ignore them as just more ‘bs’ and consider the source. They assume that you are so easily manipulated and that only THEY have the right answers such that you should defer to them, poppycock!

No one knows for sure what is going to happen with all of this as it is a nascent movement. But if it is indeed a counter to the rightwing hysteria currently sweeping the nation, then I am all for it. While, I listen to opposing arguments, I have yet to be convinced of any serious merit to be found in much of the conservative philosophy in this country, hence my position.


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

ROme fell, Francew fell, Constantinople fell and eventually our system will fall. History is falling right into gear.

LORD


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

Good article credence, I think Admiral Yamamoto said in 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbor, "I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant", so the oligarchs have done again today. The American giant of justice and freedom has been awakened and will not rest until things are set right, Thanks,

Peter


HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Great Hub Cred2. Hopefully the movement endures and takes firm hold. Our silent majority certainly needs it.


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Our society needs a change in so many ways that this is indeed a welcomed occurrence! I only hope that it can snowball (as so many things have done recently) and actually affect our world in a positive manner! We the people should not be just lying down and letting the government and the rich control our world! Still it is a great start to a revolution that has long needed to happen! I hope so much every day that we wake up and change our world! Great hub... really makes you think :-)


Justsilvie 5 years ago

Excellent Hub Cred2,

Maybe the 99% will all head to the polls. Would love to see our next election have a 99% voter turnout and "The People” really have a say so on what direction we take. And since I have met very few rabid right wingers in person, I am hoping they are a small, (even though they are very loud) minority.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Hi, Lord de cross, thanks for reading and weighing in. I hope that we can avoid the fate that is in your comment if we act soon and in time. If we can get the greedy under control we may be able to postpone the inevitable, we can only hope...


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Peter, I am most pleased that you liked the article. I just hope that the participants avoid being distracted or having a short attention span. The movement has a great potential as a game changer! Cred2


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Greetings, HS. These guys need to stay in the news each and every day. The Koch brothers will have to alter their plans a bit to attempt to deal with the groundswell. As always your comments are always appreciated.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Mythicalstorm, thanks for reading and providing a comment. Yes, there is a danger associated with too much wealth concentrated in the hands of so few. There are a few unscruplous people that will exploit your time and labor, those things that compose the better part of your life. I appreciate anyone who recognizes the significance of this. Best regards, Cred2


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Hi, Justsilvie, You are correct, for this movement to make a difference its influence needs to be felt at the polls next year. We all need to help keep the flame lit up to that time and beyond. As always, thanks for weighing in! Cred2


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FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

It is great that people are getting involved and showing an interest in making a difference. We should all do that, and we should all take the time to educate ourselves regarding the things we will be involved in. I found it intersting and somewhat saddening that so many of the people who participated did not know what they were marching for. That scares me. If we are to learn one thing from history, it is the dangers associated with having a large uninformed but emotional crowd being led by someone who has less than honorable intent.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Fj,Thanks for stopping by. There is a general discontent among the masses regarding what appears to be the hoarding of wealth by the few and disproportionate power in Washington that appears to come with it. I can hope that current rumblings of the mob become the discipline of a movement that can express itself politically and truly make a difference. It can be a clear clarion call from the left and those on the left that are prominent can get on board and help hone out a crisp message. I can only hope..... Cred2


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I think this is very much needed. We as people need to stand up, be strong and fight for what we need. I never thought it was far that so many should go with so little, yet so little go with so much. I hope this will create the dynamic changes we really need to see!


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Hi, Barbergirl, it is always nice to have you drop by. I am hoping, like you, that the movement can go the distance and give voice to basic concepts of fairness within the American economy. I wondered just how long it would take before people decided to rise up!


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feenix 5 years ago

Hello, Credence2,

This a very well-written and thoughtful hub. I voted it up, awesome and interesting.

And opposite of the way you are, when someone disagrees with me, I do not take my marbles and run home. I am a grownup. Thus, I will continue to be one of your loyal followers and I will offer you support and encouragement wherever I can.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Feenix, nice of you to drop in. thanks for the compliment as for the rest, I will drop you a line.


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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

I am an independent. I fit in your group who is ready to stand up against the aristocrats. That doesn't mean I'm a socialist. I think the private sector should voluntarily take on the responsibility of social reform, the welfare of our neighbors, education, health issues, etc.

I was watching LSU beat my Gators (I like every Florida team, "Go Rattlers!"). This guy next to me was indifferent to the game. He was more concerned with politics. He was an FIT grad, so . . .

He was incensed with the problem we have with indigent loiterers and displaced mentally ill wandering around town . . . even accosting people like him for change or a chat. I asked the gentleman (with distinct [mild] accent of the Cuban elite), "What do you suggest that we do about it?"

"It's not the government's job to take care of the street trash. I'm not paying for them!'

"Who's job is it?"

"Not mine!"

"You have a family, you go to Church, you are benefiting from the freedom you have to get filthy rich (he had disclosed his address). We opened our arms to you when you needed a friend, and now it is your turn to open your arms. Along with privilege comes responsibility. Man-up!"


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Hello, WD, thanks for reading and providing your comment.

Without people like you and me, capitalism as we has know it in America cannot survive. We all agree to play by the rules, but when 1 side cheats and provides itself with advantages that honest and hardworking people cannot overcome, then we have a crisis and therby a problem. I have written several articles that touch upon this theme. Cred2


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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

So, you don't think I was too impulsive? I have been a certified vocational instructor for a good part of my career. Some of us are meant to produce, and some (gifted and privileged) to provide financial and management support. The latter has been sorely lacking in my experience. In a society where the individual is exalted, it is up to the individual to assume responsibility and make proportionate contributions to the community.

Benjamin Franklin said," You will never eliminate the poor by getting rid of the rich." The rich are my best customers. I don't want to lose them. We all need to give it max (unselfish) effort or we will not make it through this.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

No, WD, impulsive? Not at all. What you say is true of course, but what has made America great and shielded her from economic revolution as such that is still experienced by other nations is the idea that a pauper can with hard work and determination become a King. It is that perceived mobility that allow both the rich and poor to live in harmony. No one wants to live in a society where the lords and serfs are preordained, The 99ers are reflecting their dismay that those expectations are not available to them as those that are greedy and exploitative in nature are changing the nature of the game.

It is not wise for the rich and affluent to become too greedy as much of their wealth is supported by middle class America and if too many of those are disaffected, the wealthy too, may find the outcome not to their liking.


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

You said it in your opening....Thank God! and thank Him again...I love it that people are being to see the light. Great hub, great message.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Thank for your gracious comments, Dee. I am glad that you enjoyed the article.


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KT Banks 5 years ago from Texas

It amazes me that I am just now finding many of you. I see in the comments, some of the people I've already made friends with, and I am SO happy to have found more.

I am happy the movements are still going on, and - it looks like gaining ground. Some of the big banks are backing down on the proposed higher ATM fees.

However, here in the Dallas area, we are about to have our first freeze tonight. The protesters staying in tents probably will not be able to stay out much longer.

Do you know who is emerging as organizers of this movement? Is there a central website to share information, ask questions and post updates? I fear things will fall apart with the colder months coming on. I walk a fine line myself physically, but I want to be able to help where I can. I've written some hubs in the past year(s) foreseeing (guessing) these events were coming, but it is happening sooner than I thought it would. I hope and pray it will stay strong and really take hold.

BTW - I consider myself Independent. I don't fully agree with either Party, and I think the division is part of the problem.

GREAT HUB! ***Thanks Cred2


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Hi, KT, nice to make your acquaintance. The movement has an important message to impart, I don't want it to be shrouded with riots and thuggery. The message needs to get from the protesters to the ballot box and remove those that seem to have no problem with the exploitation by the financial markets along with the concentration of wealth in too few hands, creating a danger as to whether they and children will have the ssme opportunity for social mobility as may have been the case in the past. No one will want to hitch their star to a mob, but instead to an organized and disciplined movement that has specific objectives that can translated into necessary political action.

Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a "head" right now. But, I have been hearing rumbling from Moveon .org kinds of groups trying to politicize these people. It may well be that they hold both parties to blame for the current system. But, I can assure them, that they have a far greater threat from the Political Right. We will have to just and see. The official site is below

http://occupywallst.org/

The challenge is to remain strong and committed and get organized, we can then shake up the plutocracy in Washington.

We have an "occupy Hilo" movement, it is quite a show, signs and a few speeches. The idea is that this appears to be universal. But there is no ice or freeze in the forecast. I hope that you check out other articles as I will yours to get even better acquainted, All the Best Cred2


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frugalfamily 5 years ago from Houston, TX

As I scrolled down to leave you with my thoughts I find it difficult to believe that it was written 6 weeks ago. This movement has been laughed at and called shapeless and futile. I think the steadfastness and widespread growth of this movement is a testament in itself to its potential.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Hi, FF, thanks for your comment. This is going to turn out to be a bit more than your standard hippy love in. I remind my friends that this kind of action in 1968 brought down a sitting president and shook up the election in that year. These people and the discontent that they express are not to be underestimated. Best Regards, Cred2


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KT Banks 5 years ago from Texas

I read an email today from Michael Moore about the direction this movement is now taking. It was very interesting. I believe you can find it on his website if you're interested.

I don't understand why so many people only want to find the ugly parts of it. Any public grouping in today's world is going to have a criminal element get involved. Even a parade in honor of the Dallas football team had riots and beatings breakout. It's a scary world out there, but these initial people got together to TRY to make things Better for people.


Lisa 5 years ago

Love your hub! I couldn't agree more with your statements! I fear this country may meet the same fate as the Roman Empire, it's sickening and sadddening. Corporate oligarchy is killing democracy in this country and most are either blind or too stupid to see it.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Hi, KT, hows everything in the Big D? thanks for the update. You can bet that I will check it out.

The forces that are opposed to what OWS is all about will do anything to discredit it. If the people at large know and understood the sheer scale of the rip-off by those who exploit anyone to their advantage, this kind of light on the bad guys is the last thing that they want. For the size and sheer magnitude of the groups, it has been very peaceful. Those that desparately grasp and hold on to their ill gotten gains will do anything to avoid a correction or even have you be aware that it is happening

The violence, if any, will come from those that seek to suppress the movement at all costs. Thanks Cred2


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Hi, Lisa, thanks for dropping by. It is the classic story of the guy that killed the goose that lay the golden eggs. Greed will be what will destroy this society. If I were among the 1%, I would think it wise to leave something for everyone else in fear that the frustration and lack of opportunity will make it less likely that I will be able to keep what I have. Thanks again Cred2


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Xenonlit 5 years ago

Great hub! It is time that we get clear on the downfall of our society, or we will not fight to prop it up! Right now, far too many people are concentrating on Black Friday, where they will buy cheap Chinese Crapulous goodies when they should be concentrating on sending a message to Washington!


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Xenonlit, I glad that you liked the article. As you mentioned aspart of your comment, a weapon of the enemy is apathy and distracting those that must act with purpose. We are ready for the "Washington stage" now.

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