I admit that I haven't participated in the Occupy protests nearly as frequently as I would have liked. 'Real Life' has a way of keeping so many of us busy, which is why I believe that the Occupy protests actually represent a much larger segment of the population than the physical number of participants. 98% of the 99% sympathize with the cause, but they're too busy dealing with being the living symptoms of the disease to actively confront the source of their suffering.
That could start changing real soon.
Taking a look at the bigger picture: the Occupy protests have gotten large enough that the 1%'ers are getting very nervous and striking back. A few examples: 18 cities coordinated police crack downs on Occupy protests, the police are busting heads, beating up pregnant women, old ladies, judges, legal observers (and see this), reporters, skinny students and military heroes. And they’re using military weapons on the American people (militarization of the police has been ongoing for decades). For example, police have been using military sound cannons on protesters. Indeed, police reportedly used a sound cannon to interrupt and disperse protesters peacefully singing the National Anthem.
And now, as further proof the 1%'ers are getting scared, they're deploying their favorite weapon: lobbyists!
A well-known Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry has proposed an $850,000 plan to take on Occupy Wall Street and politicians who might express sympathy for the protests, according to a memo obtained by the MSNBC program "Up w/ Chris Hayes."
The proposal was written on the letterhead of the lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford and addressed to one of CLGC's clients, the American Bankers Association.
CLGC's memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct "opposition research" on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct "negative narratives" about the protests and allied politicians....
Two of the memo's authors, partners Sam Geduldig and Jay Cranford, previously worked for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.../
Funny, I thought the corporate media was already doing their masters bidding. But I guess sometimes you have to elevate the propaganda even further. So remember: "protester" is another word for "dirty fucking hippie", and being poor is a sign that you're just lazy. Make sure that all the "real Americans" hate and fear the 'radicals', lest they join into some sort of rebellion.
Our current reality is a direct result of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Our democracy went up for sale to the highest bidder, and naturally, the richest were able to buy the most politicians to run the government for their benefit. Historically, free elections inoculated America against revolution, as we could 'throw the bums out' every couple of years. But the game is now thoroughly rigged: the rich own all the candidates, control the airwaves, and are well on their way to disenfranchising the most oppressed parts of the population.
I doubt this is going to end well...