A Message to the Occupiers

by Diane Dimond on November 28, 2011

Occupiers Accomplished Nothing

Somebody has to say it so I will.

Dear Occupiers,

Grow up, will ya’?

In case you haven’t noticed times are tough. And it’s not just here in America. All over the world economies are circling the drain. Whole countries are teetering on the brink of total financial collapse, the gap between the haves and the have-nots continues to widen. Unemployment is rampant almost everywhere and every preconception you’ve had about what this country owes you is hereby cancelled.

"Life Isn't Fair" Still Stands

As President Jimmy Carter once famously put it, “Life isn’t fair.” Get over it.

America’s strength has always been that we are a nation of people who pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. We are the clever innovators who, wrapped in our freedoms and democracy, know how to make it out of every tough situation. We can make Shinola out of, well … you know.

An Unfocused Protest

In other words, Occupiers, knock it off with the belly-aching tantrums and the ridiculous sit-ins at locations that don’t symbolize anything. Many of you have been arrested for your meaningless actions and will henceforth be saddled with a police record. Your make-shift tent cities attracted the criminal element and you needlessly fell prey to sex attacks, thefts and the spread of infectious diseases. [And while I’m at it, to the law enforcement officers who nonchalantly doused the faces of fellow citizens with pepper spray as if you were watering your front lawn – shame on you.]

What's the Beef? Where's the Focus?

Occupiers, your signs say you want “more jobs” and “economic equality?” You might as well demand the tooth fairy to leave a thousand dollars under your pillow every night. Life doesn’t unfold on equal terms.

I get your frustration but not your tactics. Really, occupying Wall Street with the goal of shutting it down? Come on, you’re intelligent people. Ever stop to think what would happen if you actually did close down the financial center of the United States? Complete economic chaos – that’s what would follow. Food suppliers, banks, insurance companies, transportation companies, hospitals and schools which employ millions of people would stumble badly – perhaps collapse completely – and our 9 percent unemployment rate would quickly triple and then skyrocket out of sight.

Wall Street/Zucatti Park Protest - Nov 2011

And what good does occupying a university campus do? Or a subway system or a public park? Yes, it gives you a place to protest (and I’m all for organized protest) but it doesn’t achieve your goal for more jobs.

In fact, dear Occupiers, your movement has actually cost some workers their jobs. Businesses situated right where you decided to plop down to protest have had to fire employees because few customers were willing to run a gauntlet just to get a cup of coffee or drop off their dry cleaning. Nice move.

Listen up, Occupiers, if you really want more jobs, retribution for corporation’s and banks past bad acts and a stronger overall economy then wise up. Stop chanting, beating drums and holding up traffic in your neighborhood. Get yourselves to Washington D.C. and put pressure on those who have created this decaying culture! After all, it was Congress that passed the laws that govern business practices in America. The big Poppa Bear entity that can change everything sits under a big white dome in our nation’s capital.

HERE Is Where Protests Should Take Place!

Make one of your hand painted signs that reads: NO MORE EXCUSES – FIX THE MESS! for all the politicians to see. Let them know that finger pointing at the opposition party and failure to act (i.e., the Congressional Supercommittee) are not options.

Most of all, get involved in the political system by voting in the next election.

But be advised, Occupiers, the answer to our nation’s economic problem is not for the government to get further involved or to demand more of our tax dollars to throw at different job creating experiments. It is time for the government to get out of the way, to cut regulatory red tape and let the innovative spirit that built this country thrive again.

Sell Tacos for $15 Bucks an Hour?

It’s already working in North Dakota. A push to drill for oil reserves there – unimpeded by extra crippling regulations – has created thousands of new jobs. The migration to cities like Bismarck (where unemployment is at 3%) has, in turn, stimulated their housing industry, manufacturing and retail businesses. “Help Wanted” signs are everywhere and determined Americans not content to sit on their asphalt and protest their plight are picking up and moving from as far away as Arizona to make 15 dollars an hour serving tacos or $80,000 a year as a truck driver.

THAT’S how we became the great country that we are – growing and prospering off the sweat equity and creative thinking of the determined who are motivated to action in times of great strife.

The 99% Claim in Question

So, Occupiers, stop adding to the problem. Start being part of the solution or shut up and let others lead the way. You’re not leaders you’re whiners. And, while you say you represent the “99 percent” of Americans who are not million or billionaires – you really don’t. I’m not a millionaire, my family has been through some tough economic times in the last few years, and I’m here to say your petulant and unfocused movement doesn’t represent me or my neighbors at all.

If you want a different kind of world – work for real change instead of just making noise.

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Preesi November 28, 2011 at 8:44 am

Diane?

Im shocked at your apparent lack of knowledge of what is really going on in the world today, and why the Occupy Movement is totally 100% correct and just in what they are doing…

Go talk to the occupiers and LEARN SOMETHING.

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susan smith November 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm

You r dismissal of the Occupy Wall street protesters as a bunch of “whiners” is as naïve as it is insulting. Your assessment that the protests amount to “bellyaching tantrums” that won’t do any good, shows just how out of touch you really are. In fact, the only thing you and I can agree on is that the Occupiers should move themselves to Washington. But not to lobby for less government regulation, as you suggest. Instead, what they should focus the protests on, and what we should all be outraged about, is the tremendous influence the wealthy and moneyed corporations have over our politicians. Your suggestion that government needs to get out of the way and let corporations work their job-creating magic without any oversight is a dangerous proposition that’s already in place with disastrous results. If the past 12 years, and our most recent economic calamity, have taught us nothing else, we should at least acknowledge that corporations cannot be trusted to police themselves. A corporation’s only obligation is to make as much money for its shareholders as it possibly can, period. And if in doing so it brings our nation to the brink of economic collapse, spoils our oceans, wipes out hard-working peoples’ life savings, or even lets sick people die, then so be it. Because it’s legal. Because the people whose campaigns they feed money into will make sure they can do whatever they want to whomever they want in pursuit of their singular obligation, and the rest of us will be left to clean up the mess and fight amongst ourselves over whether teachers make too much money. I support Occupy Wall Street. The movement gives a much needed platform to those who are fed up and understand that simply voting will only get them more of the same. I put my voice with the 99% so that it can be heard above the din of influence and money that inhabits our nation’s capital. It may sound like whining to you, but to me it sounds like the thunder before the storm.

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sarah page November 28, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I have visited NY, Boston and New Haven, CT Occupy sites and have noticed that the longer this movement goes the more disorganized it becomes. Early on the NY Occupy group seemed to have together. Now there are stories of rapes, thefts and squalor in Zuccotti Park. Visiting Boston a couple weeks ago was so disappointing. It was downright disgusting. I think most of the people there were sticking around for the free food and handouts of warm clothes. I say
leave those sites. Go to DC. Invest all the money that has been donated and Occupy Capitol Hill. Maybe they will listen, maybe not but it is more likely Occupiers have a chance to make the change we all need in DC.

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Facebook Friend Mark Berlin writes:

” Good article. I haven’t heard anything at all about the occupation movement this past week which made me think they had disbanded in order to take advantage of the holiday shopping sales…”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Facebook Friend Karen Gravel writes:

” Very well said Diane Dimond!!! I must share this with others…”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Facebook Friend Tom Squitieri writes:

“Yes this is a great column Diane…”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Facebook friend Pat Melchionno writes:

“You never cease to amaze me. You have such a gift for putting in words what I should be thinking about and ascribing to! Thanks DD! Keep up the superb writings!!!”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Facebook Friend Patti Petow writes;

“Yep, I agree with your editorial. There is absolutely nothing wrong with peaceful protest and Occupiers have every right to do so, but there is little real focus or direction to their movement. It isn’t 1969 anymore. We’re all smarter now. In order to be heard, they must get organized, follow the process and get to Washington. And yes, vote!”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Facebook Friend Steve Hughes writes:

“Exellent Diane. You hit the nail on the head. Get off the wagon and start pulling like the rest of us for a change you can believe in.”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Facebook Friend Ronald Jeffries Tallman writes:

“DD this is one of your best pieces. If the occs could get the message. This makes sense to me. Are we dealing with a bunch of hippies or what?”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Facebook Friend Shirley Pacheco writes:

” Excellent message to the Occupiers Diane …. common sense .”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm

DD website Reader (and dear friend & voice of Porky Pig) Bob Bergen:

“Bob Bergen Bravo! Not a popular, or PC opinion. But one I share. Might I also point out that very few, if any, have been able to define exactly what they are protesting for…or against. I’d also be willing to bet any one of em wouldn’t turn down the kind of wealth or success they seem to resent so much. Not every successful person, from Wall Street to Sesame Street, are evil. Just like not all who are out of work or down on their luck are lazy. But the word “poor” has a defferent definition from what our grandparents considered poor. Many, if not most, who call themselves poor have a tv. Or more than one. Most have a cell phone. Cable. Running water. Most know the day and time Dancing with the Stars is on. But many may not know the names of their kid’s teachers. How about we occupy personal accountability! Bring back old fashioned attributes like pride, hard work, over achievement, etc. Dont blame others for your own shortcomings. If we spend as much time working hard with a positive attitude, striving for success and all of the opportunities that our country allows, we’d all be occupying what this country was founded for:life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Facebook Friend Rick Moore writes:

“I was with you up until the point you criticized the police at UC Davis for their pepper-spraying style. That confrontation was planned by the protesters and they got what they wanted, and of course the media took off with the visuals to make it look like the cops were the bad guys.
More info here: http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/42735?utm_source=CFP+Mailout&utm_campaign=c89e2e8537-Call_to_Champions&utm_medium=email

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Facebook Friend Ralph V. Logan writes:

“In today world, the message is as good as your smart-phone and the plan that one’s have.Causing a public nuisance in the places where families and tourist try to have a decent time does nothing for your cause. I agree go to DC and sit in front of the parties’ headquarters,that will the kind of attention you need.”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm

DD Web Site Reader Bonnie Dudley writes:

“Try it in Iraq you bunch of weenies.”

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Craig November 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Diane is right on the money with her thoughts. I live in Portland and talked to them, They are losers who dont work, recieve food cards, Urinate in the street, leave their mess behind and cost taxpayers A million Dollars! They used drugs, steal form local business and taunt the police to use pepper spray them so they can get it on their Iphones and send to media. When I was young and still do VOTE to change things and write letters/emails. This is the bottom of the society scum who want everything handed to them free! Get real, get a job Mow lawns, Paint , sew fix computers,fix bicycles, deliver papers . Do something Productive and quit your Crying!

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm

DD Web site Reader Danno Hanks writes:

“IF THEY WANT JOBS, THEY SHOULD SEND THEM TO THE BAKKEN OIL FIELDS, WHERE THEY CAN NOT FILL THEM FAST ENOUGH. I JUST GOT BACK TODAY. SEE WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT AT:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150412991787305.372772.657582304&type=3

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Twitter Follower jon_proulx jon_proulx writes:

@DiDimond as an employed professional, married (once, 19 yrs so far) with 2 teenagers, yes the #Occupy movement does represent me very well…”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Twitter Follower tonytidbits tony tidbits writes:

“Since when has the argument “times are tough” been an excuse to not do anything? by Ms. Diamonds reasoning the civil rights protesters should have accepted status quo”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Twitter Follower MsButterfly27 writes:

“@DiDimond Problems deeply ingrained in society don’t magically disappear just because YOU don’t want to acknowledge them!”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Twitter Follower OccupyBritain Solidarity writes:

“@DiDimond your ignorance knows no bounds, your article has no substance, what are you doing about the mess? Criticizing? Shame on you.”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Twitter Follower dijon511 Ann LaMattina writes:

RT @DiDimond A Message to the Occupiers shar.es/o6z1z
“Does the “Occupy” Movement REALLY represent YOU? Excellent article!”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Facebook Fan Page Friend Marcia Suminski writes:

“I believe in their passion and what they wanted to do. People noticed, didn’t they?”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Facebook Fan Page Friend Donald Shaffer writes:

“I support the Occupy movement. Successful people do not tend to see how lopsided opportunity and rewards have gotten in this society since the 1980s, nor how rigged the game seems to be toward the well being of a narrow elite. It is slowly destroying the soul of this country. If you find the Occupy crowd unfocused, it is doing a great service alerting the nation to the growing level of frustration from the 99 percent. We’d love to go to Washington, but they long ago sold their souls to the 1 percent, which is why people have been reduced to sitting around in public places in order to be heard. Some members of the movement too are quite eloquent in expressing what Occupy is all about. If you don’t believe me, listen to this short video by former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

http://front.moveon.org/the-single-most-important-robert-reich-clip-you-can-share-today

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Facebook Fan Page Friend Karen Hughes writes:

“I’m curious – where does everyone get this 99% crap – 99% of the people I’ve talked to are tired of a bunch of bums ruining our parks and EXPECTING the rest of us to pay for the clean up, etc. I don’t expect anyone to pay my medical bills, groceries, or my kids college educations. They just need to quit whining and go home!”

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Samuel Bronkowitz November 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm

You are clueless. You have been watching too much Fox News. The game is rigged so quit it with your “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” BS. You are as bad as Holocaust deniers. I suppose you would have told MLK to sit down, shut up, and get in the back of the bus.

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Facebook Fan Page Friend Donald Shaffer answers:

“Karen: Occupy is not asking for handouts, charity, etc. They want a society where rewards and opportunity are shared more fairly, and where those at the top acknowledge their debt to the rest of society for helping them get where they are. They also want a society, where people at the top don’t harm the good of nation for their own profit, whether it be launching needless wars, building housing bubbles that lead to ruinous recessions, etc. If those people, however they may offend your eyesight, prick your conscience and get you to ask how much a role your society played in getting you where are and what you owe that society in return, they are doing a public service. “

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm

FaceBook Fan Page Friend Pat White writes:

“?@Donald…please keep posting I for one am not upset that our pretty parks or many of those people involved are quite educated (not bums) are willing to stand up for the good of the whole I will gladly pay a small tax for cleanup. Just as it was during the Vietnam War the protestors were labeled ‘unpatriotic’ b/c they stood up. Years down the road most of the truth came out as it usually does and so will it on these issues as well.”

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Dear Readers:

For those of you who wrote to say I must think that all Occupiers should go home and be quiet – THAT IS NOT WHAT MY COLUMN’S FOCUS WAS. If you think I’m oblivious to the Occupiers frustrations then I urge you to re-read the column.
My main point was that their tactics are not getting them any closer to their goals of more jobs, equality in the economy or punishment for those they see as greedy criminals. Defiling a park doesn’t make for change. It makes for a mess and it pisses off people who have to pay to clean it up.
But, getting involved in the political process? THAT’S where the real change will occur – either by protesting in Washington or running for office them.
An unfocused movement never changed a thing. ~ DD

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Lisa Neef November 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm

After reading Ms. Dimond’s article and I find it naïve, boring, and a joke. It’s clear that so many are still connected to the notion that we can actually work within a broken system. That’s the naïve part. Our government, our two party system is completely broke…it doesn’t function anymore. If people think it will change because one party or the other gains control, well, that’s just naïve. The system needs a complete overhaul from campaign finance reform to term limits; from making lobbying illegal to outlawing special interests. I could go on for days on how we need to have a conversation and seriously overhaul our political system and update it. I’m sure our founding fathers are turning over in their graves to see the corruption and special interest in favor of corporations, greed and profit over people. All of them except Thomas Jefferson who of course tried to warn us about the religious right, corporate greed and the fact that we should have a revolution of thought every 20 years…smart man, way before his time.

The boring part is someone like her who is sitting on the sidelines and commenting about what the Occupy Movement as if she’s been there and seen it all. I can guarantee she never once stepped foot into an Occupy camp, meeting, town hall or other event, let alone interviewed any of the organizers or individuals responsible for Occupations all over the country not to mention the world. This was about waking people up and starting a conversation…it is a social movement, first and foremost. It will eventually evolve into a politcal movement but not before its time. It’s amazing how she still purports to know exactly what this movement is about and the solution for ‘those dirty, whiners’. Is it any wonder why our young people don’t read or bother with getting their news from the mass media when we give so many a platform to comment from the sidelines that have never even been in the game?

Just another talking head, regurgitating whatever she thinks Occupy is without any research or investigation on her behalf. And she calls herself an investigative journalist…wow, boring.

There is no voice of the people any longer in Washington, DC…it’s been stolen by big money interests and paid lobbiests that are only vested in greed and profits…not the people, our environment, our economy, our government. People will need to think way outside the norm in order to grasp the reality of this movement and the changes that will be coming. People like her need to be challenged to get off her butt and actually get involved in the conversation. This movement is creating the change. This movement isn’t growing 1 person at a time, it’s growing 20-40 people at a time.

Comments from people like Dimond will only serve to justify the complacent in our society that still have blind faith in our elected officials that they’re going to ‘Change’ things and they won’t have to get their lily white hands dirty…what a joke.

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Tony December 9, 2011 at 8:41 am

Lisa,

Nicely said!

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Jason Wazinsky November 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm

To Miss Dimond and all you that are bashing OWS you are oblivious to what is going on in this country. The game is rigged. Go to Washington and address lawmakers? Why? Unless you are a big monied interest they don’t listen to you. They are bought off. The middle class is shrinking because of the policies that have been put in place to benefit the 1% while the 99% get shafted. Most of you who are bashing the OWS are bashing your own interests. The Bush tax cuts were designed to help the wealthy. Grover Norquist and his cronies are only intent on preventing tax increases to help the wealthy. Trickle down doesn’t work as evidenced by the growing wealth gap. The ratio of income between CEOs and workers has grown exponentially. Corporations are shipping jobs over seas because of slave labor conditions. THE GAME IS RIGGED. Quit spewing your cut regulation talking points you get from Fox News. The reason businesses aren’t hiring is LACK OF DEMAND. Don’t fall for the Frank Luntz focus group tested slogan “job killing regulation.” You are all being sold a bill of goods. You think the OWS hasn’t been effective? There again you show your ignorance. They have shifted the conversation from deficit reduction – which in the short term damages the economy – to jobs which Washington was deaf to. So laugh all you want at the dirty hippies – they are smarter than you and they see what Fox News has blocked you from seeing.

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Omar Mullah IV November 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm

This is a real dumb response to the OWS Movement. What are people who have been screwed over since Reagan was in office to do? Continue to take the corruption and abuse by the you and the one percent? Your views on the OWS are dumber than your pathetic views on the phoney War on Drugs, which are real dumb.

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Diane Dimond December 2, 2011 at 9:49 am

I would suggest to you, sir, that there are many other things to read on-line, in newspapers and in books. Good luck in life.

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Tony December 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

Sadly condescending!

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Diane Dimond November 30, 2011 at 9:17 pm

DD Web Site Reader Rudy writes:

“Hey I have been saying this for about the last 4 months – talk about having a pony with no cart!!! HELLO…”

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Jeff Liddell December 1, 2011 at 4:06 am

Only George Washington did not blame a previous administration for the troubles in America. After George, politics has been a blame game and let’s do whatever we need to get elected. Our two party system is not about right and wrong, it only serves to change who is controlling the dice at the crap table. The business of politics remains the same regardless of the party in power. Money, power and whoever can help you get reelected to keep enjoying those government perks controls the brain trusts we elect to sit in the ivory palace and make decisions for us lower class citizens. I personally am similar to a fence sitter, I make enough to stay even and enjoy some minor extras and actually have a decent view from both the haves and have nots you mention. My financial portfolio is zero and my 401K disappeared right in front of my eyes. Don’t legalize gambling, but keep investing and let other people gamble with your money is the recommendation of politicians and bankers. You don’t have to be wealthy to run for local politics, but state and national offices require one to be fairly wealthy and well connected, not just anyone can get into Washington to be heard so OWS movement is a form of political protest and should not be bashed by anyone, rich or poor. You speak of the widening gap between the haves and have nots, and I am reminded of the apocalytic movies such as Mad Max, The Book of Eli, etc. a world that could very well be on the way to our society, I am damn glad I am old enough and bad enough health that I should not have to worry about seeing it. However my son and grandkids could see it and that is a scary thought. I am not sure what the fix is, but still think it is not to late, so all you protestors keep doing what your doing, keep voting people out of office that don’t respond and start recalling the power of the boycott against corporations that just don’t understand that the have nots are still the marjority of people in this country and the reason they are the haves.

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Diane Dimond December 2, 2011 at 11:07 am

DD Website Reader and Friend Bob Bergen adds:

“Ya know, if anyone else littered a park or city street like the occupiers have, they’d be fined or ticketed. These people are allowed to litter and mess up huge areas and city blocks, only to have our (AND their) tax money pay for clean up and order. Why aren’t they fined?? Isn’t this the type of thing THEY are protesting? People getting “special treatment?” THEY are getting “special treatment” by NOT being fined for littering. Look, I do agree anyone has the right to protest or voice their concerns. But there should be NO remnants of them every being there. Soon as there is crap to clean up, or traffic and city order is disrupted, they go from protester to unlawful nuisance. They, and anyone else with a cause they wish to bring attention to, need to present it in a more organized, civil, and respectful manner. As long as they present themselves as disorganized, lazy, disrespectful, filthy, jealous, disruptive opportunists, they will never get the attention and change they desire. “

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CLS December 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm

On the one hand, I agree with your thoughts the protestors should lobby in Washington, to get issues successfully addressed. However, I work for a very large corporation and have previously worked for brokerage houses. Due to the nature of my position, I can’t publicly disclose my professional duties. That said, I will make the following comments. The people protesting Wall Street are tragically correct in their assessment. Proper recourse does need to take place. Although I believe in freedom of speech, I would like the protestors to come up with viable solutions and publicly air them. For my own part, due to what I have experiences and reported, stiffer regulations do need to exist in order to monitor corporate “activity.” I wish I were wrong.

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Huffington Post Reader The Concerned writes:

“She’s right. At the very least, our economic system is completely and utterly crucial for the time being in continuing the importatio­n of oil, without which NOTHING would be able to be controlled­. We need a very orderly, yet drastic move to dismantle the overlevera­ging in whatever way we can, then decide quickly to manufactur­e, for instance, ALL of our electronic­s in America. That would be amazing for the economy. But we need to act quickly, cause it takes time to build the plants and God knows we don’t have all the time in the world.”

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Huffington Post Reader Noam4President writes:

“The One Percent broke our economic system, and our government­.
The One Percent must fix them.

Keep occupying right in their faces.
Keep reclaiming foreclosed homes for homeless people.
Keep moving money out of corrupt banks.
Keep shutting down ports in support of workers.
Keep calling larger and larger strikes.
Keep growing.

Occupy until everyone has enough healthy food to eat.
Occupy until everyone has a secure place to live.
Occupy until everyone has health care when they need it.
Occupy until everyone has productive­, socially useful work to do.
Occupy until everyone has a dignified retirement­.”

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Diane Dimond December 7, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Huffington Post Reader Martha Fair writes:

“Keep up the good work kids. You have more courage in your little finger than most people will have in an entire lifetime. Know that there are those who support and respect what you are doing.”

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2011 at 11:46 am

Huffington Post Reader Crying Liberty writes:

“Diane,

I hate to tell you this, but one of the reasons OWS has turned to loud protests in the street is because they feel that the present system isn’t working. Put pressure on Washington­, you say. Get out there and force the legislatur­e to make change. Our politician­s don’t listen to the average citizen anymore. They listen to two things: money, and those who have money. These people aren’t “whining”, they’re making their voices heard in one of the only ways they have left.

Your calling for government to “get out of the way” while at the same time calling for protesters to put pressure on DC to make changes to the regulation­s that should have stopped this crisis before it began is duplicitou­s at best. You can’t have it both ways. Regulation­s, especially financial ones, are vital to ensure that entities in the market play fairly and do not abuse the system or the people that the market serves. A “free market” does not equal an unrestrict­ed market. Loosening of financial regulation­s has created a lawless, Wild West-style system where the only thing that succeeds is being as cutthroat as possible.

So before you paint everyone who agrees with the overall mission of OWS with a broad brush, it might do you good to actually learn while people are upset in the first place. Failure to do otherwise makes you sound just as petulant and childish as you claim the protesters to be.”

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

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CryingLibe­rty:
I am a goal oriented thinker. I believe every action (or movement) should have clear goals in mind and a focused plan to make it happen.
I am all for public dissent and (peaceful) protest – it is not only our Constituti­onal right but our obligation­.
That said, the bottom line here is: the OWS movement has fragmented goals and as far as I can see they haven’t attained one of them. They will either sputter out of their own unfocused malaise or be ignored completely if they don’t adopt another tract.
As for me being petulant? Hey, I’m not the one occupying a public space, leaving a mess for others to clean up, disrupting other citizens daily routines or jumping up and down and crying, “Some people have more than me!!! I want some of what they have!!!” ~ DD

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

Huffington Post Reader rosered60 writes:

“The author states,”Ge­t yourselves to Washington D.C. and put pressure on those who have created this decaying culture!” We would love to do that! However, being unemployed­, although we’ve been looking for ANY kind of job for MONTHS, means we can’t AFFORD to go to Washington­. We can’t afford the gas to get there because we don’t have jobs. Our friend’s homes were taken by foreclosur­e so we don’t have anywhere to stay even if we COULD get to Washington­. Hey, I have an idea! Diane Diamond… YOU can take us to Washington­! Problem solved!”

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

Dear RoseRed60 :

You know what? I’ll bet if the OWS movement re-named itself the Occupy Washington Movement it would get all sorts of support.
I bet donations of money, meals and free transporta­tion to get you to the steps of the U.S. Capitol (and the White House isn’t far away) would roll in! Celebritie­s would pose for pictures as the folks they helped fund loaded onto buses bound for DC.
I completely dismiss the idea that unhappy Americans shouldn’t bother trying to reach the politician­s in Washington since (as Crying Liberty writes above)… “Our politician­­s don’t listen to the average citizen anymore. They listen to two things: money, and those who have money.”
That’s complete B.S. We voted those politician­s in. We are their bosses. We can depose them if we get organized. Sitting around in a park holding a sign is not organizati­on – its just frustratio­n and that never changed anything.
~DD

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2011 at 11:58 am

Huffington Post Reader MSolitaire writes:

“Diane, I admire the notion of Americans “pulling themselves up by the bootstraps­.” But, in keeping with this metaphor, a lot of people I know don’t even have bootstraps­. Or boots. And some of them are too sick to find the strength to pull themselves up, because they don’t have health insurance.

Times are tough “everywher­e”, you say? I can think of somewhere they’re not – the households of the wealthiest 1% of Americans.

This movement was not born out of jealousy, nor out of petulance, nor laziness, nor entitlemen­t. It was born out of anger – because those wealthy citizens are trying to KEEP times tough for us, so that they can continue to have the biggest share of this nation’s bounty. They spend their fortunes to change the minds of the politician­s we elected, so that they no longer represent our views but those of the 1% who can afford to amplify their voices with lobbying.”

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

MSolitare:

By your calculatio­n then we should all just give up. Since 1% of us have more than the masses the masses should just … well accept it.
Sorry, I just can’t agree. I think a FOCUSED, ORGANIZED and PROLONGED protest both in Washington and at the polls in November would work wonders. Lets stop electing career politician­s because they “have experience in Washington­.” Lets nurture the real forwarding thinking among us and change things.
‘Cause you know what happens if we don’t? If we keep saying, “Well, politician­s only listen to the 1% at the top” – then nothing will change. ~ DD

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Diane Dimond December 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Huffington Post Reader progressivestance84 writes:

” Calling people that are protesting economic injustice and the enshrineme­nt of lobby groups “whiners” in not a reasoned comments. Your ad hominem attacks are a pretty petty.”

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