“Should Democrats Distance Themselves from Occupy Wall Street?”
That’s the title of this article. My answer is NO. And not just “No” but Fuck No! Democrats who try to “distance” themselves from Occupy Wall Street and the 99 Percent Movement are the exact same politicians whose constituents will stay home on Election Day.
Hasn’t this simple fact already been made crystal clear over and over during the past two and a half years?
Every time Obama has compromised and folded and yielded to the Republicans, he’s alienated a few more of the people who voted for him in 2008. Number of new rightwing converts Obama has gained every time he bent/folded/yielded: Zero. Nada. Zip point shit.
Same goes for all of the “moderate” “Blue Dog” Democrats in Congress. The Right doesn’t hate them any less for being moderate and not wanting any trouble. The only thing these DINOs are accomplishing is alienating the people who voted for them.
Like it or not, the 99 Percent Movement — which includes the “Occupy” movements that are spreading to more cities every day — has become a Litmus Test. Take a side. Take a stand. Speak out. Or get voted out.
The Republicans understand this. They’ve been told by their corporate pimps to get out there NOW and start their smearing and name-calling. And their useful idiots have complied. Eric Cantor (R—Prostitute) has expressed his “concern” about those unruly “mobs.” Peter “Kill All The Mud Races” King is whining that if the media keeps covering and “glorifying” the protesters, it’ll be like the 1960s all over again, and “we can’t allow that to happen.”
Democrats who squirm and try to sneak out of the spotlight will only be sabotaging their own careers. Three years of unarticulated public rage and frustration have finally crystallized. As the 99 Percent Movement spreads and gets more coverage, more and more Americans will be lining up on one side or the other: Wall Street powerbrokers — and this includes the “legislators” and “regulators” who keep going down on them — versus the other 99 percent of the population.
As someone in the linked article said, “Democrats can either lead or get left behind.”
Or as Steppenwolfe sang a few decades ago: “If you want to retire, get out of the way.”