The Year That Could Change Everything

With twelve months to go before The Election, Occupy Wall Street has to morph soon into more than a messy mirror image of the Tea Party without its political focus.

Half a century ago the emotional energy of street theater protest was not enough to save America. We started the 1960s with a Cuban Missile Crisis victory of JFK followed by the Civil Right Act and Great Society dreams of LBJ, but the rage over Vietnam and what it did to the economy gave us Nixon, four more years of war and Watergate.

The stakes are even higher now—-2010 showed that the ballot box is what counts and, if the nation is to be spared who-knows-what under Mitt Romney or whoever with a compliant Congress, those who are horrified at that prospect must do more than vent their anger.

Body-rhetoric demonstrations have to be quickly converted into political organization and effort, and channeled toward success at the polls next November.

That means forgiving the failings of a finger-in-the-dike presidency and rallying behind not only Barack Obama but House and Senate candidates such as Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and others to defeat Tea Party House freshman who have been holding even John Boehner hostage for the past year.

Expressing moral outrage is fine, but OWS protesters should recall how Ralph Nader fervor gave us George W. Bush instead of Al Gore in 2000 and start doing the hard scut work of raising money and ringing doorbells for 2012.

MORE.

         

Author: ROBERT STEIN

Share This Post On

5 Comments

  1. Since all republicans are slaves to any republican president and all SCOTUS nominees considered by a republican are nothing but republican congressmen with different clothes and marketing, it is imperative that the republican presidential candidate is destroyed.

    They are one big degenerate monolith that will vote in lockstep with one another and will stop at nothing to improve their position – either by disenfranchising voters or locking up as many black men as possible. They use power to gain more power at every opportunity and they always help one another on a national level. The GOP must be kept down.

  2. Well you see this is where I think Herman Cain shines as a candidate. He has a 9-9-9 plan for taxation and he knows a heck-of-a-lot about selling pizza. Selling Pizza is vital to America’s economy. No one can dispute that fact.

    Mr. Stein, why do you hate pizza?

    http://www.hermancain.com/the-issues

  3. Expressing moral outrage is fine, but OWS protesters should recall how Ralph Nader fervor gave us George W. Bush instead of Al Gore in 2000 and start doing the hard scut work of raising money and ringing doorbells for 2012.

    Ick.

    Obama needs to be challenged. He has not been the President we thought he would be.

    Maybe not a tear-him-down primary challenger, but his party should be challenging him to do far, far better than he has.

    Any thought that folks should simply rally behind him whilst staying quiet and letting him continue to “malaise” his way through high office is misguided IMO.

  4. Agree fundamentally with Barky.

    I’m reading Ron Suskind’s “Confidence Men” about the Obama White House, the 2008 campaign and the men-of-confidence he surrounded himself with early in the administration kick-off. It’s not a pretty picture, even coming from one of those who wanted “change.”

    Nothing of substance being offered by the GOP candidates except more of the same, predictable rhetoric: cut taxes, decrease regulation, “government-is-bad,” “other people’s money.”

    It’ll have to be Democrats that take the initiative, and operate some true change.

    This “mirror image mess” could certainly focus on Matt Tabbi’s suggestions on where energy might be concentrated. Check out his article in Rolling Stone. (I’m sorry I can’t find the exact link..)

Submit a Comment