Thursday, October 13, 2011
Who is Controlling Occupy Wall Street?
By Reginald Kaigler (DEMCAD)
The Occupy Wall Street movement has been portrayed by the mainstream media as a circus of socialists, communists, anarchists, hardcore leftists, hippies and crazies. But we should be just as suspicious of the mainstream media's spin as we are of the actual protesters. Remember, the mainstream media attempted to marginalize the Tea Party in it's earliest stage. The grassroots movement was galvanized by the betrayal of Washington politicians and their infamous banker bailouts. Ultimately, the movement was co-opted by the Republican Party and turned into a Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin right wing freak show.
I think the same problem is corrupting the Occupy Wall Street movement. I spoke with a local supporter in my home state of Michigan who told me that his event was receiving resources and support from a state Senator. He didn't know much about the Senator, but he was willing to accept something free from him as long as it helped his cause. The problem is that if the Occupy Wall Street let the Democratic Party and it's special interest groups into the movement, it will lose credibility. How can you work with special interests that support one of the two political parties are owned by Wall Street and except to be effective in stopping the criminals on Wall Street?
Reuters released an article on George Soros connection to groups that have helped start Occupy Wall Street. Soros' group Open Society gave $3.5 million in grants to the Tides Center (which is a hub that gives donations to left wing groups.) The Tides Center rewarded Adbusters with $185,000 in grants from 2001-2010, including nearly $26,000 between 2007-2009. We have no idea how much money Soros has given Adbusters in 2011. But we do know that Adbusters helped a big role in organizing Occupy Wall Street.
The Occupy Wall Street Movement seems like a incoherent mess with a lot of people who mean well. They just need to kick Acorn, the unions and all of the special interests out of the protests, before they take over. Youtuber TheNewYorkCritic has pointed out how the mainstream media has painted an unfair picture of the protesters. I don't know if this movement was created by Soros or not, but the people have an opportunity to make it work for them.
Personally, I've never even been to New York, so I can't say what exactly is happening, but I will say that in order for the movement to be effective, they must hit Wall Street in the pocket book. I used to have two accounts with the so called "Too big to fail" banks. I shut down my account with Wells Fargo in 2010 when i returned from Alaska and I am switching my funds to a local credit union by New Years Eve. I would have done it sooner if we weren't struggling financially. I'm the only person in my family with an income. My sister has been out of work for three years and now I'm trying support her just as she supported me when I was out of work. I want to have an extra month of bill money just in case there is a waiting problem for switching my accounts. And I'm going to encourage my sister to do the same. I think once people start to vote with their pocket book, then the criminals on Wall Street will feel the pain.
But in event, Occupy Wall Street needs to do the following.
1) Stop the Democratic Party and special interest (Acorn, unions, etc) from taking over.
2) Decide on a unifying message.
3) Make of list of three demands!
(Require All Bailout banks to pay back all of the money, require Washington to ban future bailouts, demand that Washington System strip the Federal Reserve of its ability to control the currency)
4. Organize events that will affect the banks MONEY!
Who is funding Occupy Wall Street?