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article imageOp-Ed: Obsession of the American government with today's Occupy Global

By Nancy Houser     Oct 15, 2011 in Politics
New York - The eyes of the world are focused on today's Occupy Global, which began with a small “mob” of young people protesting New York's Wall Street and corporate greed, transforming to a rapidly growing worldwide movement in four short weeks.
Social tools like Facebook and Twitter have become the demonstrator’s weapons of choice, as battles with mainstream media have resulted in a lack of acknowledgement to being called dirty hippies. Other media sources have warmly embraced the growing movement, finding it extremely organized and primed for action.
According to RT-Question More, a conservative political adversary group from the far right, called The Emergency Committee for Israel, has begun an onslaught of negative television advertisements against Occupy Wall Street, President Barack Obama, Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and numerous leading Democratic leaders----considered by many to be right-wing fear mongering. The movement has proudly reared its head to the point it is not to be laughed at or ridiculed, but instead has become a serious threat to many who have much to lose.
However, across the board the American government is showing a growing obsession with Occupy Wall Street as the movement grows to encompass the entire world, having little to do with the fact the government is for or against it. The term obsession refers to a persistent idea or an image of something, and having an inability to change course from that opinion. For example, politicians are obsessed with getting their own way in political maneuverings by vehemently saying, “We speak for the American people,” whether they do or not.
Certain members of political parties in the U.S. government and their associated lobbyists have become overly-obsessed with greed and power, leading to this worldwide day of Occupy Global that has spread across the world. The internet and mainstream media are full of "who is behind the Occupy Wall Street movement?" Yet nowhere does it say all political parties are to blame in all corrupt systems. The finger has always been pointed elsewhere, through vicious ads, purchased media and deceitful advertisements. Truth has become a commodity, with its price dependent on the highest bidder.
When the movement began in Wall Street by a small band of young protesters, certain political members of the U.S. government stereotyped the movement, basing it on their own self-interests---not the needs of the people. And like political party wrangling which has resulted in numerous government standoffs, leaving the American people hanging in mid-air jobless and broke, they have continuously refused to listen to frustrated citizens who are demanding to be heard, blind to their own greed. They are intent only on hidden agendas that have little to do with the American people.
The U.S. government needs to understand that the protesters they strongly ridicule or support across the country ARE the very same Americans who voted them in. There is no other way to put it. The little people in actuality are the politicians themselves, including anyone who has been voted into office by the people, hired to do a certain job in order to improve their lives.
The Washington Post article defines the movement’s definition of what needs to be done in America to solve the current problems, as the politicians have shown they are unable to do the job correctly.
• Corporate money has no place in politics.
• American citizens want a substantially narrower gap of income inequality.
• The jobless crisis needs to be resolved---and quickly.
• There needs to be a better political and financial system in the United States that works for all people, not just the wealthy.
According to Today, people across the world are rising up against ruling powers, feeling that the will of the majority of people have long been ignored. The day of global Occupy Together protests begins on this Saturday, October 15, in a worldwide non-violent protest against various issues, all associated with financial greed and class inequality.Global demonstration protest pages in Spain and Italy have accounted for 42,410 and 20,568 RSVPs, respectively, with over 800 cities participating in 71 nations---and rapidly rising.
Our country has become a symbol of corruptness, with eyes across the world not only watching our activists but whole-heartily supporting them. Shall we now become a symbol of freedom and fairness?
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" on November 19, 1863
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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