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Occupy Report Card – Roger Ingalls

A few days ago I got into a mildly hot discussion with a few people over the Occupy Movement. It started due to a news report about protesters stealing property from a church that allowed them to sleep on the premises.

A few in the discussion group concluded that the Occupy folks were just a bunch of thugs causing problems and haven’t done anything worth noting. The rest of us disagreed and took the position that you can’t judge the whole movement based on a few bad apples that caught the eye of Mainstream Media.

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Our discussion then turned to accomplishments by Occupy Wall Street. The naysayers initially said the movement hadn’t done anything but eventually gave them some credit for helping with the roll-back of the $5 transaction fee proposed by Bank of America. After chatting further, many of us thought the rebirth of civil disobedience and mass public protesting in the U.S. were positives and should be credited to the Occupy Movements.

“The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants”, Thomas Jefferson.

A small group of us that are, generally, pro Occupy, thought the movements biggest accomplishment was education of the masses. Prior to the whole Occupy thing, the public, as a whole, never discussed the inequity of the Top 1% versus the Bottom 99%, rarely cared about how politician received money for campaigning or gave many thoughts to how Big Business sets government agenda. Now these issues are on the tongues of people everywhere, of all ages, races and economic standing. This is an awesome accomplishment. Awareness is the first step.

Occupy Revolution Year One gets an A+.


Roger Ingalls is well traveled and has seen the good and bad of many foreign governments. He hopes his blogging will encourage readers to think more deeply about the American political system and its impact on US citizens and the international community.

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4 thoughts on “Occupy Report Card – Roger Ingalls

  1. Not sure of the A, but definitely a high grade. I’m closer to the B+ because I believe that, while I recognize the accomplishments, there is still more to be done, including helping those who are throwing out mass media sound-bytes to understand that the Occupy Movement has not only empowered many to act, but raised consciousness to debate and critically examine.

    An A+ requires a leadership, accountable visions and, ultimately, victory. But it has been a great year.

  2. While I respect peoples right to decent and I agree that larger corporations use the goverment apperatus to squash competition.particulary competion from small business, I tend to have a less respect for people that do not take resposability for the cost of thier actions. At present there has been over 20 million is cost to the public from the actions of this movement ( http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/11/occupy-movements-price-tag-tops-20000000-much-higher-than-the-13000000-that-was-previously-reported/ ), ranging from the cost to business from port shutdowns, repairs to vandalized public and private property and the cost of law enforcement overtime when the movement delibrately violates the law to make their point. I salute their bravery but not there sense of resposibility. They have set up funds to support themselves in the encampments, bail funds to get themselves out of jail. But to date I have not seen them set up a fund to repay the costs they are generating dor the communites that are protesting in. Until they do I will regard them as selfish as the people they are protsting against.

  3. Will, Perhaps if you learned proper grammar and spelling, people might take your posts and opinions more seriously. Until then, most of us will place you in the category of the uneducated masses who are easily swayed by Fox News and right wing pundits.

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