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No response?

Updated on January 25, 2012

Where Were the "%99"

As is required by the Constitution, the President gave his State of The Union Address. Indiana's Governor, another along the lines of the Governors of Wisconsin and Ohio gave the Republican response. One-time GOP front-runner Herman Cain contributed a "Tea Party" response as well.

But to me, there was a missing response. Where was a response from The %99? From what I read, I saw themes in the address that seem to say that mainstream Democrats have realized that many of the issues close to the "%99" are issues that resonate with the American people who have not let the media voices of the "%1"; Beck, Limbaugh, etc, turn them against their economic interests.

One reason for this lack of a response may have to do with the "%99" themselves. Who insist that, perhaps rightly so, the system is broken. But how do you propose to fix a broken system from the outside? At some point, the "%99" need to start working more with sympathetic elements of the Democratic Party. The Republican's, in my opinion, have completely swallowed the 'tea' that the "%1" provides, with generous campaign contributions on the side.

This brings up a second point. The "%99" have been around since October 2011, if not before. By now there should be a 'face'; the Civil Rights movement had Martin Luther King, South Africa had Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, the opposition to the 'War on Terror' had Cindy Sheehan. The 'Tea Party' has several, why can't the "%99"?

The other part of this point, needing a voice in Washington, DC, isn't so far-fetched. Bernie Saunders, the Independent from Vermont, seems to speak to the concerns of the "%99". Dennis Kucinich, who may become an intentional or unintentional symbol of the legal gerrymandering that is redistricting, is another unofficial ally of the "%99".

Perhaps after the 2012 Elections, Kucinich could be the face of the "%99", a movement that may find itself having to go from "Occupation" to resistance.


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      TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      There are surely a lot of those folks in the "%99". But the leadership does know basically what they want, they just don't quite, IMO, realize what needs to be done to get there.

      Like I said, to "fix" something, you need to get your hands dirty

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      Healthy Fat Guy 6 years ago from Cincinnati, OH

      1 thing I've noticed about the Occupy movement is it seems to be diluted down with people who do not know what they want.

      It seems some of them just have nothing better to do, so they just show up and beat on drums. Someone from Fox News will find these folks, put them on the air, and it discredits the whole movement.

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      TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      That's one issue I see with the "%99".

      You need to get your hands dirty to "Fix" anything!

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      Sooner28 6 years ago

      I didn't even look for a reference to them. That is slightly saddening, but politicians will be politicians!

      You're right that Occupy Wall-Street should probably find Democrats who are more in line with their thinking, and then attempt to change the Democratic party from within, the same way the Tea Party has done with the Republicans. If they believe their camp outs are going to make a difference without getting their hands dirty in the political process, there is no way they (or we, since I am part of the 99%) can succeed. Politicians seem to be inert if not pushed.