Sunday, October 16, 2011

Occupy critics, supporters find common ground

Occupy Wall Street protesters disappointed equally in Democrats and Republicans. Photo by Paul Hodora


I was participating on the C2C computer show on the Paltalk News Network this morning.

After the show "officially" ends at noon on Sunday (it starts at 9 AM New York time) there's usually a general discussion. Today's was about the Occupy Wall Street movement. What do they really want? What's their goal?

But as the conversation progressed, it turns out that those who are critical of the Occupy movement for not having a focus and those who are supportive of those involved because, at least they are using the public square to bring directly to the American people their frustrations with the system, found common ground.

Here's my synopsis, influenced, I will admit, by my own bias.

There is a need for a non-partisan approach to the problems of our nation and - given yesterday's solidarity demonstrations worldwide - problems that extend beyond the borders of the United States.

No longer can we embrace one party or another. The folks on Wall Street and those demonstrating elsewhere are frustrated with a political system influenced by forces other than constituents.

It's time to run candidates who are not only non-partisan - but anti-partisan. Who go to Congress with one goal. To be citizen - not career - politicians. Representing - as this great Republic was designed to do - their various constituencies.

No goal at Occupy Wall Street? Maybe not. But if nothing beyond this message gets out and resonates - no other goal will be necessary.

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