Thousands are gathering on Wall Street in New York City to protest corporate greed, defense spending, and the huge disparity between the middle and upper classes. They claim that their goal is to make a statement to the world that America is now run by corporations—not elected government officials.
Starting out as a small group protesting on Wall Street, it has flourished into a nationwide collective of people of all ages tired of the status quo. One protester in New York held a sign reading, “Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy rotten system.”
But right wing pundits such as Sean Hannity have classified these protesters as ‘communists and un-American.’ GOP candidate Herman Cain said of the protesters, “Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself,” said Cain. “It is not someone’s fault if they succeeded. It is someone’s fault if they failed.”
Earlier this week, Mitt Romney described the protests as “class warfare” and “dangerous.” Romney was quoted as saying, ‘corporations are people too’ during a GOP rally in late summer. If we use Romney’s logic, corporations are a sum of its parts, like a person, with the front line employees being the blood supply; the worker bees who keep the corporation afloat. The accounting and finance department would be the brains and the heart would be the CEO; without a healthy heart beat, the corporation would die. One important part of this ‘person’ is missing, and that would be its soul; the intangible essence of a ‘person.’ Without a soul one would be in a league with a megalomaniac or a sociopath. Most, if not all, serial killers are sociopaths. Using Romney’s logic, corporations are serial killers. They kill people (jobs) without remorse and with impunity. They continue their bloodlust (making money) until they are either caught (fraud), are killed (bankruptcy), or are re-habilitated (government bailout). There are good corporations out there with ‘souls’, companies run by CEOs who care about the blood running through its veins—its employees. But how many are there? So few in fact, that people are protesting in the thousands.
The Occupy Wall Street Movement, as the media is calling it, has spread to other cities throughout the country, including Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
The big question is whether these protesters should be considered communists or patriots? Right wingers call them communists and un-American, while the left-wing calls them patriots looking out for average Americans.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said of the protesters, “God bless them for their spontaneity. It’s young, it’s spontaneous, it’s focused and it’s going to be effective.”
We shall see how effective they are, and how long the protests will last.