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  •  I'm not sure I said that (20+ / 0-)

    When election time comes you vote for the best person running. Not voting means you effectively vote for the worst person running.

    But my point is that we can't FORCE the politicians to do diddly, or squat. We can, however, choose what we do. I offer advice to Occupy on something they can do which is bi-partisan, puts fear into the hearts of BOTH parties, and has the potential effect of replacing several members of Congress who are servants of the 1% with someone who isn't - or who is less so, because it's a continuum, not a binary decision.

    Occupy changes the conversation wherever they show up. By changing the conversation in districts with vulnerable incumbents they can hope to remove those incumbents by raising issues those incumbents would rather were not raised. Since Occupy can't be equally strong everywhere, by choosing half a dozen cities at a time (more or less) they can have a big effect in some small ponds. And frankly places like Biloxi and Bakersfield could use some Occupy goodness.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 11:54:55 AM PST

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    •  I think OWS is at its best (3+ / 0-)
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      when it not only changes the conversation ie what you and I  are talking about but also gets the politicians to discuss it. So far, other than gingrich saying he wasn't going to pit the 99% against the 1%, I haven't seen the major national pols discussing OWS issues. Obama has been pretty quiet about income inequality, police brutality, wall st corruption...

      If OWS can grow to the point where not just you and I are discussing these issues but presidential candidates are discussing them in their stump speeches then we'll have achieved some hope for change. At the present time, the candidates (and I mean all of them) seem to believe that if they can just get the camps closed, the "problem"will go away and they can carry on with their campaigning like days of know ...some trite sound bites, some big fundraisers with wall st execs, some finger waving to show that they are REALLY serious about something - you pick - balanced budget - anti terrorism - education, and the status quo will remain.

      So In conclusion, (hadn't meant to be so wordy) I think the OWS has enough on its plate - getting national pols to discuss income inequality -without registering voters or supporting candidates - there are organizations already set up for that. Imho their number 1 job is to embarrass the nation's leaders into fixing the travesty that has spiraled out of control.

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