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Another day of the Occupy Wall Street protests that have spread to several major cities, and another day of disparaging remarks from the haves and those who do not get it on the right.

Sean Hannity thinks the protesters are all just a bunch of post-1960s hippies who do not wash. Rush Limbaugh thinks they are stupid tools, marching for big government and womanizer Donald Trump thinks they are down there to find dates, but he does admire their clothes. Do you think Donald would really give up that horrible purple tie he wears for a hoodie?

Glenn Beck says they will drag the rich capitalists out in the street and kill them. Presidential candidate Herman Cain thinks they are protesting those who have money, while billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg says they are protesting against those on Wall Street who make $35,000 a year, but he will let them stay as long as they obey the law.

Some say the attraction is free food or sex on the lawn. It is pitifully obvious from statements like these that the haves just do not get it at all.

Many on the right think the protesters are dangerous and un-American. Republican supporter Fox News continually paints a bad image of the protest by interviewing the most eccentric person there with gotcha questions and making that the face of the protest. But empty vault Fox reporter Geraldo Rivera was shouted out by chants of “Fox News lies” the other day and left with a smirk on his face.

If America does not stand for freedom of speech and free assembly, what does it stand for? Those hippies of the 1960s protested the Vietnam War and the draft and were able to turn the tide of the thinking at the time, and eventually Congress curtailed cash going to feed the war machine.

A lot of the protests in the 1960s were about civil rights and they turned the tide on that matter, too. The Tea Party rallies got continuous promotional coverage by Fox News, who billed it as a truly courageous movement by real patriots who represent mainstream America. For Fox, the truth depends on what Fox news President Roger Ailes says it is. That description is much more fitting of the Occupy Wall Streeters than the Tea Partiers.

What do the protesters want? They want America back. They are fed up with greed and being the brunt of the top 1 percent who control 40 percent of the wealth who are not paying their fair share and leaving the 99 percent with the crumbs. They are fed up with Wall Street, which gambled with mortgages and derivatives, tanked the economy and got bailouts and nobody went to jail for fraud.

They are fed up with the Republican obstruction to any jobs bills that would help the economy, them or their parents get employed. They are angry about paying more for education due to less revenue from millionaires and existing corporate tax loopholes. They are fed up with soaring costs, the war on unions and teachers, Social Security and Medicare — all because of the rich buying elections and legislating against them.

Most of all, they are tired of the callous arrogance of the rich and “let them eat cake” attitude they exhibit. The list goes on.

My sense is the great silent majority of Americans are with them in spirit even though they are not physically at the demonstrations. Many of us are fed up to the point of being so damn mad that we are not going to take it anymore and we will vote that way come 2012.

Tyler Cassell

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Nalliah Thayabharan from Washington says:
We essentially have had modern-day bank robbers -- except that they wore gray suits and not masks -- and there's been no accountability for it Every day we see energy speculators, war profiteers, managed health-care providers, media propagandists, and/or financiers of Wall Street given some unfair advantage over the average consumers and taxpayers, and the cumulative effect of the American people watching selfishness prevail over the public interest has been an undermining of the public's trust in government. There's no question the system is rigged against the little guy. The Wall Street interests have a lot more information. They jerry-rig the system so that they always win. Oligarchy is political power based on economic power. And it's the rise of the Wall Street in economic terms, that it'd turn into political power. And Wall Street then feed that back into more deregulation, more opportunities to go out and take reckless risks and-- and capture huge amounts of money. The American democracy was not given to us on a platter. It is not ours for all time, irrespective of our efforts. Either people organize and they find political leadership to take this on, or we are going to be in big trouble. That's absolutely the heart of the problem. I would also say and tell you, and emphasize, these Wall Street people will not come out and debate with us. The heads of Wall Street or their representatives, they will not come out. They're afraid. They don't have the substance. They don't have the arguments. We have the evidence. They have the lobbyists. And that's all they have. Wall Street Corporations don't make anything. They don't produce anything. They gamble and bet and speculate. And when they lose vast sums they raid the U.S. Treasury so they can go back and do it again. Never mind that $50 trillion in global wealth was erased between September 2007 and March 2009, including $7 trillion in the U.S. stock market and $6 trillion in the housing market. Never mind that the total amount of retirement and household wealth trashed was $7.5 trillion or that we saw $2 trillion in 401(k)s and individual retirement accounts evaporate. Never mind the $1.9 trillion in traditional defined-benefit plans and the $2.6 trillion in nonpension assets that went up in smoke. Never mind the job losses, the foreclosures and the 35% jump in personal and small-business bankruptcies. There are bundles of new money, taken again from us, to make deals and hand out outrageous bonuses. And when these trillions run out they will come back for more until our currency becomes junk
---Nalliah Thayabharan
Oct. 29, 2011, 7:12 am
stan chaz from Greenpoint says:
You can't make this stuff up! The very same people who have inflicted the most "hazards" to the Occupy Wall Street participants....swooped in early yesterday morning with their white shirts and badges, and carted away the OWS generators; ostensibly because they were deemed " a fire hazard". This, after 45 days of problem-free use, and just before an impending snowstorm! Of course, they can’t be blamed. They were only following orders.... of Mayor Show-Me-The-Permit 0001%, who sleeps ever so comfortably in his overheated mansion, and makes pompous speeches about the freedoms that we all enjoy, on the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty's dedication. All this just a few short miles from Zuccotti Park. This is not mere double speak....it's super triple speak, on speed AND acid! No matter how pretty you try to make the lies sound...it’s still a lie. And more and more people are realizing it. Finally. Lady Liberty must be smiling. ‘Cause I know I am!
Oct. 29, 2011, 2:53 pm
amused from NYC says:
Communism is communism is communism. People can argue for a redistribution of wealth all they want, but it doesn't make it any less painfully obvious that the people whom they were duped by, the people they want to get back at, would be largely unaffected. The people who make the most money in this country will always be successful entrepreneurs, and to a certain extent, hedge fund or venture cap managers. People who are largely exempt from any culpability in this financial crisis. Personally, I find it disgusting how misinformed most of these protesters are about who the real players in this country are. Everyone wants a handout, no matter how many honest people need to be buried in the process.
Oct. 30, 2011, 8:02 am
stan chaz from Greenpoint says:
Occupy Wall Street's ability to keep speaking up for the 99% depends in part on their ability to hold out against the winter weather. And that depends on their having the right supplies—sub-zero sleeping bags, long underwear, and warm hats and gloves. If you have any of these items—or can go buy them today—and are willing to donate, your contributions will make a huge difference in ensuring that Occupy Wall Street can keep up their good work. Let us know you're bringing supplies by clicking below. We've also helped put together a new site, OccupyWishList.org, that lets Occupy groups around the country list the supplies they need and lets people like you help fill those needs. Many of those occupations can accept shipped donations, so even if you can't make it down to Occupy Wall Street , you can help occupiers from Albany to Anchorage get ready for cold weather. Check out what's needed here: http://occupywishlist.org Thanks for all you do. My final comment: These people are out there for all of us - braving the hostile elements (both from the weather and otherwise) ...so please support them
Oct. 30, 2011, 1:04 pm

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