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Occupy Wall Street Movement

Updated on May 2, 2012

POTUS Green Lights Occupy Movement

The time has come. The time is now. We have seen the enemy; fore its name is greed. American principled interest has been declared in terms the 1% can understand; the bill is past due. For the other 99%, the tipping point has been exceeded;

Repercussions on the downside have been experienced and are no longer a factor; except to fuel anger and most importantly; Justice . The Movement officially began on September 17th,2011. The President of the United States told the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on the 25th, a week or so later, to "take off their bedroom slippers and put your Marching Boots On."

Really! He didn't say that. Let's go to the tape. Is this an endorcement from the POTUS to overthrow the status quo? Can't be...

When you hear a so called unbiased voice employ the word 'Frustrated', they clearly don't get it. The point of frustration has long since past. I would suggest those describing this movement as one of frustration are either in denial or suffering from wishful thinking. When people take to the streets, you're more than likely dealing with a mob mentality. Those with nothing to left to lose, those whose downside is limited. Frustration is not just an understatement, it's just plain wrong. Police aggressiveness may be the deciding factor regarding the degree of turmoil. Make no mistake, you're dealing with people hell bent on justice...Street Justice!

If one tries to ascertain the fundamental indicator of greed, ‘Sunlight is the best disinfectant.’ The incontrovertible conclusion, characterized by this disease of the insatiable, presents as ‘more is never enough.’ The course of treatment is to surgically eradicate this condition through a variety of progressive treatments. Furthermore, the treacherous origin of the crisis is the thirst of unfettered power. Given the advanced stage of this condition lends credence for aggressive action to counteract the consequence.

Occupy Wall Street

The People’s Movement centered in Zuccotti Park, NYC, began the 17th of September, 2011. Given little to no media recognition in its infancy, the power of the people found their voice through persistence and fortitude. Eventually, this populace movement gained overwhelming public participation and a diversity of public interest towards support of this long overdue and warranted mutiny. There is a strong likelihood the spark which generated the imminent wild fire originated from the Arab Spring or the Wisconsin Winter protests. What is undeniable, all the elements of a raging inferno, are firmly entrenched.

Discontent of the masses through the lack of employment opportunity provided the heat source. The sheer volume of unemployed Americans, with just enough time on their hands, provided an education to the masses. Americans found their time well spent, studying the issues of the corrupt and incompetent political environment. This was the Oxygen required to keep the fire burning. Moreover, it is the vast amount of combustible fuel for those whom had enough of the injustice as well as the trepidation of their present and future survival.

“Fore there is but one thing worse than a Government which losses faith in its people…That being its people whom lose faith in their Government.”

Confluence of Politics, Policy and Political Party

Starve the Beast

Master Plans involve a multitude of elements consisting of agenda, strategy and tactics. Although introduced by President Ronald Reagan, its destructive application wouldn’t become significantly relevant for years. So in July of 1981 from the oval office, a conservative fiscal-political strategy was announced. Under the guise of forcing the federal government, (aka “The Beast”) to reduce spending, the tactic of tax cuts were employed thereby generating less revenue designed to create a fiscal budget crisis. The continued growth in spending was undeterred, producing consequences which resulted in accumulation to our National Debt. This particular methodology would later play a role devastating the world economy to the point of no return and toward the brink of financial ruin.

New World Order

On the 11thof September, 1990, before a Joint session in Congress, President George H.W. Bush decreed in his speech under the heading “Requirements of Fiscal Agreement”, the dream of “a New World Order.” The apprehension of this generally ascribed conspiracy theory is a global agenda. An agenda without independent nations, an agenda ruled by the powerful elite, an agenda consisting of front organizations held in secret that would rule the political and financial world. Besides the coincidence of the date, I find the cautionary tale of Political Scientist of their time quite fascinating.

These Political Scientist were alarmed the extreme right wing faction or religious fanatic fundamentalist Christians were preparing for an end of time antichrist apocalyptic development to be realized out early in the 21st century.

Additionally, the vision among the Political Science community was convinced the resultant effect would be social unrest and political estrangement.


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    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for checking in with your comments phoenix2327. Indeed Sharing is a good thing.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Well thought out and highly informative. It explained in language I could understand what Occupy Wall Street was all about.

      Thanks for SHARING.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for checking in and for your comments as well. I agree this is a historical event.

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      Tonja Petrella 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Voted up and useful. You've presented a lot of great information here! I'm near Flint, Michigan where one of the occupy camps has lasted the longest. It's really historical and someday our grandkids will be reading about it in their history books!

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona


      Well said, and I enjoyed your point of view. I do believe the Americans Elect prospective candidate,an unknown, may become relevant. Time will tell.

      Thanks for your comments.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      9 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Some Americans just want attention to go to getting unemployed Americans back to work, corporations to a higher and hire standard, foreign entanglements down to a minimum, allies to take on their own true responsiblities, and the money grubbers to act more for the common good. Does it take a revolution to do that? I think not, but it does take consensus and consensus is best shown by our Constitutional system of expressing the true will of the people at the ballot box. Every four years when we elect a president and other national leaders, too often people are swayed by the "gimmes." Give me this, give me that, and don't make me pay for it! All previous democracy-oriented systems have failed because their people eventually learned that, if they wanted the free gimmes, all they had to do was to vote for them. We have gone too far in that direction, and it's time to bite the bullet and change course, back to solvency, responsibility, sharing the blame, and being willing to sacrifice for the common good, not just the common dole. Where do we find the "blood, sweat, and tears" leaders who can pull that off? Who will vote for such leaders, if we can find them? Answer those two questions and you will glimpse the future of America.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Well said J.S.Matthew,

      I appreciate your kind words and of course

      Thanks for SHARING

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thank for your kind words, votes and comments Au fait.

      Thanks 4 SHARING

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      JS Matthew 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Grass Roots organization is the only way for a minority group to be heard (although being the 99%, we are technically the Majority!) If you look at all the successful movements in the past Civil Rights, Ladies Suffrage, etc. they all were successful at the Grass Roots level. This is very exciting to see Americans sticking up for truth and equality. If the movement stays strong, change is inevitable. Excellent Hub! Voted up and sharing.

      Thanks for SHARING!


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      C E Clark 

      9 years ago from North Texas

      Very good, well written, and has plenty of food for thought. Agree that we are beyond frustration . . .

      Voting you UP and interesting and thanks for SHARING

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Shyron E Shenko,

      Thanks for the read and comment. In one form or another, that person shall cease to exist...but of course, that was rhetorical wasn't it?

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      9 years ago from Texas

      I can understand frustration, when you have no, no prospect of a job; You have no food and the rent is due. What do you do?

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for your comments on the Occupy Movement megni. Personally, I reserve the right to see what the movement shall accomplish in time. These events have a tendency to be slow moving. To say it has not had an impact on the political discourse is disputable.

    • megni profile image


      9 years ago

      But do we have a right to trespass on private property? I can't condone Occupy Wall Street although I understand there's need for change. Better choices for candidated, maybe, and more issues out in the opening. Occupy Wall Street seems to create more problems thanit solves.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Deborah Brooks; Thank you for your kind words, I assure you, it is my pleasure.gjf

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      9 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Excellent HUB.. thanks for putting all of this together for us. Thanks for keeping us informed.


    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      CoAuthorU, Thanks for the follow-up.

      Agreed, The Non Violent approach is the pathway to pursue. We must conquer the ability to march & chew gum concurrently.

      - This conversation is part of the process.

      - Get Money out, No Labels, and others are the push for a Constitutional Amendment to level the playing field for the average American (financially speaking)to run for Political office.

      - Americans Elect is a push for a viable Third Party Presidential Candidate. An interesting sidebar regarding this. The debate has shifted to how to get Third Party Candidates on the ballot for Congress... and it gets pretty intense.

      I have a 'Fodder for Thought' follow-up...Why the Police crackdown on the Occupy movement and not for the Tea Party movement. Was it a timing issue? Were the Police unprepared to react when the Tea Party movement occurred? Did the weapons play a role carried bythe Tea Party?

    • CoauthorU profile image


      9 years ago from Inland Northwest, USA

      Ah yes my friend... but the most likely scenario for our Constitution's success is the non-violent approach.

      They (the ones with the military complex), are just waiting for an excuse to fill up those camps. Voting is our best bet.

      Good night and God bless.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Just signed out CoAuthorU:

      And you pulled me right back into the fray.

      To Ms. Bruck's credit, she enjoys the musical accompaniment.

      FitnezzJim and I are, well lets just say, we make each other better debaters, I asked him for the brutal critique in my Bio, he never fails to oblige.

      And yesterday, we hadn't the pleasure of making acquantance. We Grow..we grow as We The People to become One Nation, Under God, Indivisible...almost always...

      Anyway, is this not what is in the American DNA?

      1776...spilled blood for the Birth of a Nation.

      1861...Tore the Nation apart at the seams.

      1945...Defeated Evil personified

      We fight for our priciples. I would Love to do it peacefully. Our way of Life is at stake, we know it as The Constitution.

      Lets this be our Legacy, Let us see if we have learned from history. There's enough Blood on these streets we call Home. According to history, it runs on an 80 year cycle, give or take. We can do this. We can get this right. We were meant to be unfinished, to grow...its what our Forefathers taught us.

      God Bless America eh?

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      9 years ago from Inland Northwest, USA

      To all...

      The "trend/force" that Ms. Bruck mentions and the "removal" from the web, that swquarles writes about, I believe are both barometric indicators of the intense grassroots storm that is on the way. I pray it does not turn into a violently bloody tempest, for the sorest losers would be our safeguard... what is left of our precious Constitution, and then by extension "We the People".

      We need to vote the bums out. And to do so we must vote Constitutionalists in.

      We need anyone and everyone that is even remotely presentable to the people to run for office IMMEDIATELY, as a staunch Constitutionalists. It matters not whether they be Democrat, Republican or whatever... they must run as one who is a Constitutionalist.

      The alternatives are only violence... martial law, more violence, and FEMA concentration camps. We must organize and run for offices as Constitutionalists in whatever party that is nearest our ideals, but as Constitutionalists.

      I am afraid it may be too late.

      Great Hub my friends, God bless America..!

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona


      Thank you for your kind words. Having been on the side wearing the riot control gear, I can tell you the Police officers are conflicted. They have family in the same predicament, not to mention many of their fellow officers; Indeed it is enough to make one reexamine their destiny.

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      9 years ago

      Nicely done! I agree that the level of police aggression will determine the amount of turmoil. I think they are beginning to realize the repercussions that will occur from their use of force on peaceful protesters. I have read in numerous sources that government officials are trying to keep instances of police brutality removed from the Web. To me, that only proves that they know that they are in the wrong and want to conceal their crimes from the public.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona


      I repeat, Always a pleasure.


    • FitnezzJim profile image


      10 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Thanks for responding Gjfalcone. Yours was the first Hub I commented on about the Occupy Wall Street movement. With respect to that first question 'who profits?’ DaryleWBayless go the original intent of my question, and answered well.

      You ask as part of your reply 'How about Democracy? Does that work for you?’ Indeed, that's a good answer too, and in fact I've shared opinion on other Hubs with respect to that. The gist of my response there is with respect to the perspective of seeing the consequences of protests that have occurred before (60's and 70's) and to the life-lesson that I perceived folks learning after participating in protests. That is this: 'It is easy to complain about something, the real work is in making the change occur, and making the change last through developing general consensus and coming to compromise'. One hopes that some if not all of those participating in the protest will recognize that lesson and take it to heart.

      And Cantor is not my representative (mine is Wittman), and I would hesitate to call Cantor reprehensible. Within the system of representation that our governance system is based on, whether we agree or not, Cantor does seem to fairly accurately represent the predominant views of his district. If not mistaken, his district was the home to Presidents Madison and Jefferson. They are a conservative district that holds strongly to the principles of Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. While it is okay to disagree with their point of view, to call him reprehensible for representing the views of his constituency would (in my opinion) be a mistake. He's doing the job defined for him within the Constitution.

      New sheriff? I don't know. I'd rather think that we're entering a new period where we actually pay attention to and care about what our politicians do. To me, the one thing that is positive from all this is a positive on all sides. We are ending the age of political apathy. My only hope is that we do so without the violence of the 60's:

      Remember in November 2012.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Dear Ms. Bruck,

      Thank you for your comments...was gonna take issue with your use of the word "trend", but decided to refill my wine glass instead. The fact is, I would like nothing more than than to hear from those whom actually listen to the entirety of the 'Hub'. God Bless America!

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona


      Thank you for your service. I know it never gets old hearing those words.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona


      Always a pleasure, I assure you. Some things in Life, or at least my life, simply are not about profit in a dollar cents (sense). I'm proud of my homeland,NYC,for being the center of this ongoing international movement. Really, your question is whom is profiting from Occupy Wall Street? How about Democracy? Does that work for you?

      With respect to the end goals of capitalism, if I were an elected official, I would never, I repeat never, short my country's Bond market due to my capitalistic end goals. Take that question up with your Reprehensible Cantor, not me... As I said FitnezzJim, always a pleasure.

      Finally, Do you get the sense there may just be a new sherrif in town... Just Curious and its rhetorical.

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      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Hello gjfalcone ~ We will be hearing more about this trend and force in national history. I've linked to think Occupy Wallstreet Hub on my own OWS page. Enjoyed listening to DON HENLEY *NEW YORK MINUTE* Thank you, Debby

    • DaryleWBayless profile image


      10 years ago from Charleston, WV

      "Occupied Wall Street Journal" seems to be a free newspaper, without advertising. Though I don't think it would be unreasonable to expect it to cost something to cover the expense of production, it doesn't seem to be the case. Or at least, the pdf version is free. It's well done.

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      10 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Interesting, but two questions if I may.

      First, Who is profiting from the sale of the "Occupied Wall Street Journal"?

      Is this example, where an individual recognizes and takes advantage of an opportunity, regarded as being more consistent with the end goals of the protest, or with the goals of a traditional capitalist seeking to profit from the latest emergent opportunity?

      Just curious.


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