The occupy movement has been going on for about a month. I have heard a lot of hateful things about these protestors. If you have not heard anything about it, you live under a rock. In fact if you have not heard the protestors being called lazy, dirty, and good for nothing socialists then you must be living outside of mainstream society. Like the tea party this started as a grass roots movement that had no formal organization. Each group claiming the title of “Tea Party” has a slightly different plan for America. However they all had one thing in common, they want smaller government. Similarly the occupy groups around the world (yes, they are worldwide now) have different messages, but they all have one unifying message. The single very important message is that our Government that is bought out by large international companies profit off destroying our economy.
Ask a republican, or anyone on Fox News other than Dick Morris, what does the occupy movement mean to you. They will tell you it is just a group of lazy, young people looking for a hand out and to end capitalism. They also will mention that they have no goals, message, or central organization. They will tell you they hate police, hate capitalism, hate America, and hate all corporations. These protestors have nothing important to say, they refuse to work, they want to punish the rich. As Mr. Krauthammer put it, “They are big government anarchist” (Just pretend this makes sense). The main problem however was that they are not really protesting anything (other than all those things republicans claim they are protesting I just mentioned.)
If you recall, lack of centralization is why people loved the Tea Party so much. It was just genuinely upset Americans, vaguely upset at the federal government. Suddenly there were ten different groups calling themselves the tea party that popped up, Fox News, the Koch brothers, and Glen Beck paid for a huge rally in DC. There were signs of Obama as a monkey, as Hitler, and as an African tribal shaman. This group was older, whiter, richer, and more male than the general population of America, and they had seriously scary elements. Republicans said these people were in the minority, most the Tea Party is not like that. They are a loosely connected group of protesting Americans, only connected through the want of smaller government.
Back to the occupy group, the loosely connected group of protesting Americans, only connected through the want of smaller corporate influence in government. These two groups obviously have much in common. Why do republicans hate the occupy movement so much, when less corporate influence would, or at least could, result in smaller less intrusive government? Why do they dismiss the new protestors as lazy socialist with no message, when they clearly have a message? Why do they ignore the FACT that most rich people pay a smaller percent of their personal income taxes than the middle class? Why do they ignore the fact the banks mostly caused this recession? Why do they ignore the fact that international corporations profit the most, using business tactics that harm the overall American economy?
The answer is pretty clear. It is not in politicians, especially Republican ones, best interest to end corporate welfare. They make their living by deregulating these financial institutions. The Republicans are not shy about it. They have convinced people who vote for them, that allowing large corporations to have fewer regulations is good for the economy. Americans have had it with corporate welfare, which costs tax payers far more than food stamps do. Republicans work for the banks and oil companies, not America (as do most Democrats, but they are not trying to kill the movement). Republican politicians have convinced middle class Republican voters, that the middle class should pay more taxes than the rich, fewer rules for greedy corporations is good for America, and most importantly that the occupy movement has no message and is run by America hating socialist. As long as nearly half of America thinks the occupy movement is just whiney young people, it will not get anything done. The movement must overcome the propaganda against it, coming from the people who will lose profit because of the movement. The current politicians have much to lose, and America has much to gain.