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100 Days of the "%99"

Updated on August 15, 2012

But How Many More

100 Days, 2400 hours, 14400 minutes, a long time for any movement to stay active. Today, January 22, 2012, Occupy Harrisburg reached this milestone. I was at the initial "Occupation" in October. Since then they've been evicted and relocated, and are under threat of eviction yet again, have traveled to Washington DC for the recent "Occupy Congress" and "Occupy the Courts" events, and plan on having a presence at a foreclosure of a farm. The core group that I saw at today's General Assembly have become well-organized, to the point that I actually got 'flagged' for some breaches of protocol, to which I apologized.

But there's a development I see that makes me wonder if the "%99" may be dividing over a familiar line, and long shot GOP Presidential Candidate Ron Paul may be the wedge. Despite the efforts of media outlets like Political Context, to show him as no ally of the movement, he has some support among the "%99". I've been doing my part on Facebook to present this information, but the results in one case have been less than successful.

What I'm wondering is could the "%1" media have managed to successfully present the "%99" as college kids who basically want to live in Uncle Sam's basement. This tactic worked well in the 1960's, and may have roots even before that. It could tie into a curious disdain many Americans have for the educated, the idea of the "Liberal elite" in their "ivory tower". Never mind that to do much more than work in the "McEconomy" at a Wal-Mart, etc, that you almost do need some sort of education past high school.

So what can the "%99" do to maintain its coalition? Perhaps put a focus on re-building the industrial economy more than it has. There have been efforts to make things like student loan debt forgiveness a part of the "%99" agenda.

Years ago a tycoon said, "I can easily pay half the working class to kill the other". Today, all it may take is backing the right candidate or advertising on the right programs to accomplish the same thing.

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    • Matt123415 profile image

      Matt123415 

      6 years ago from Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania

      I appreciate the comment on our movement Sanxuary! This is duely noted for me as a local resident and occupy Harrisburg member.

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      SanXuary 

      6 years ago

      I believe a movement to ruthlessly petition our government on issues that effect and make life better for everyone is the best idea. I agree with the protesters but I know that there are way to many agendas much like the WTO protest in Seattle. I also believe that it should not be based on party lines unlike the Tea Party that is now hijacked by Republicans, It is the failure and corruption of Government that got us into this mess. Other elements such as the poor and other radical elements made the situation worst not that they should be judged or prevented from protesting as well. I believe these things take on a life of there own and I hope it becomes more positive with a true purpose.

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR

      TeaPartyCrasher 

      6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Just to show the level of intelligence that Newt, etc rely on.

      Of course, when AR and his "Tea Twits" are serfs to the Koch's, etc. . .

    • American Romance profile image

      American Romance 

      6 years ago from America

      Student loan debt forgiveness??? Sooooooo in your eyes it is OK to stiff the working class to pay back your student loans? I know you are smarter than you write! When anyone loses in the corporate world, by taxation, higher raw products etc. they pass those cost to the consumer! .............On another note, what is it like sleeping in filthy tents, using drugs, raping your neighbor and inflicting violence on the police!.........Big difference between the Tea party who gets permits, leaves their areas clean, dress nice and only want to use the constitution and the voting booth to change America!.............momma always said if you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas!

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