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article imageOp-Ed: Website for Occupy Wall Street Provides Solidarity and Hope

By Kelly Bowlin     Nov 1, 2011 in Politics
At a time when local governments are beginning to crack down on occupy movements across the country including Oakland, San Diego and Nashville, the website has become a beacon of information we can all look to.
Teddy Roosevelt once said:
“Kudos to those who enter the arena to dare mighty things, to strive for glorious triumphs, at the risk of failure and being beaten, bruised and bloodied…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat.”
The occupy movements across the land will either fizzle in the cold nor’easters or grow hot in this season of discontent. You don’t need to be left or right or straight down the middle to be part of this. You just need to be onboard.
Forget about George W. Bush or Nancy Pelosi or Barak Obama or Rick Perry or Welfare or Gun Control or even Choice. Right here, right now, this movement is about fighting greed.....this movement is about fighting special interest corruption that nearly drove our economy into a depression..... this movement is about outlawing derivative investments with 40-1 liability to asset ratio’s that created a contagion of financial destruction..... this movement is about companies who had the nerve to issue billions in bonuses while receiving billions in bailout funds..... this movement is about returning Wall Street to its original intention which was the orderly capitalization of businesses and NOT operating as a giant gambling casino..... this movement is about credit rating agencies in the hip pocket of large conglomerates who graded publically traded securities “AAA” when they were nothing more than a house of cards..... this movement is about a re-insurance company called AIG who reaped billions in commissions “promising” to insure investment packages calling them credit default swaps, but didn’t have even a tenth of the assets necessary to cover the promise..... this movement is about unregulated commercial bankers on speed who will do anything to maximize shareholder wealth even if it means charging $35 for a $5 insufficient funds transaction, and lastly..... this movement is about government institutions like the FED and SEC who turned a blind eye to the devastation unfolding before their very eyes.
This movement is about courage. You think the occupiers are a bunch of slackers? Try getting hauled off to jail at the risk of a felony arrest on your record. Try being spit on a and ridiculed because you have the nerve to say enough is enough, try sleeping in a makeshift shelter with minimal heating, no hot water or toilet. I'm reminded of another time in our history when we saw this kind of courage; it was at a place called Valley Forge.
Yea, has my attention. I’m grateful that these young people, and old and veterans, and homeless and unemployed and union workers and tea partiers in disguise and businessmen and women and musicians and artists and the just plain curious have the courage to occupy our consciousness.
America, it’s time to rise up. Let’s do it together.
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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