It's been one month today since the "official" Occupy Wall Street movement began. The working class in America continues to suffer multiple abuses from our bastardized Capitalist system and corrupt Washington politicians. The goal of Big Corporations is to control the political system by manipulating the politicians, think tanks, and political parties to shape public opinion in favor of corporate control, deregulation, and diminish worker's rights. They almost succeeded.
A brave collection of resisters are demonstrating in more than 200 cities around the globe in "Occupy" demonstrations to show Corporate America (or Corporate Italy, etc.) that we will not be sold into indentured servitude without a fight.
According to reports, President Obama referred to the protests at Sunday's dedication of a monument for Martin Luther King Jr., saying the civil rights leader "would want us to challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing those who work there."
Obama said about Martin Luther King...
"He also understood that to bring about true and lasting change, there must be the possibility of reconciliation; that any social movement has to channel this tension through the spirit of love and mutuality.
"If he were alive today, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there; that the businessman can enter tough negotiations with his company's union without vilifying the right to collectively bargain.
"He would want us to know we can argue fiercely about the proper size and role of government without questioning each other's love for this country, with the knowledge that in this democracy, government is no distant object but is rather an expression of our common commitments to one another. He would call on us to assume the best in each other rather than the worst, and challenge one another in ways that ultimately heal rather than wound."
Mr. Obama, if you were the president we elected, you would have "put on your comfortable shoes" as you promised in 2007, and marched with those who sent you to Washington instead of uttering platitudes designed to placate the plutocrats who continue to impoverish the working class.