99 Percent lacks focus, leader

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Signs and T-shirts that read “We are the 99%” and “Eat the rich” flood the streets along with thousands of disgruntled Americans, some of whom have been camped out for days without so much as a shower. So, what do these 99 percent want? The fact is, many of them don’t even know.

If you’ve turned on the news at any point in the last several weeks, then it’s unlikely you’ve missed out on what’s happening on Wall Street in New York City, and in other major cities across the country.

While the Occupy Fill-in-the-Blank Movement is an unavoidable media attraction, what the protestors are yet to make clear is what exactly they stand for. On top of the lack of focus, their message seems a little muddled by inconsistencies.

They claim that corporations are “evil,” that our government should stop supporting them, all while updating their Facebook statuses and posting photos from their iPhones. Seems a bit hypocritical. If they think that these businesses are destroying the country, then wouldn’t it make sense that the best remedy would be not to support them financially?

Another outcry heard from the streets  concerns the unemployment crisis, which is certainly understandable. However, nobody has yet to acknowledge that the very corporations they are protesting are huge suppliers of jobs in the country. If they go, jobs go. Then where would the job market be?

Many have screamed from the sidewalks that capitalism is to blame for all the problems, some even going as far as claiming socialism as the answer. They have said that competition is evil, and that we should all work together. While that may seem like a good idea in theory, without competition, the economy would collapse on itself. Like it or not, it’s what fuels our economy, and it’s here to stay.

With all the different issues being raised, it is impossible to tell what direction the Occupy Wall Street movement is going to take, but one thing is for sure. It is spreading. More and more people from all over the United States are jumping on the bandwagon every day. In the wake of the Arab Spring, it almost seems that America is simply following the trend.

Of course, freedom of speech and the freedom to peacefully assemble are rights that should not be taken for granted or left idle. But they should be practiced with a purpose.

From the start, the Occupy Wall Street group has been without a leader and without clearly defined goals. Though countless numbers of reporters have asked what their motivation is, the responses seem vague. Without organization, it is unclear whether they will be successful in obtaining exactly what they want, or if they all want the same thing in the first place.

While it may be true that 99 percent are unhappy with the current state of the economy, the only way anything is going to change, is if that 99 percent can agree on what needs fixing and how to do it.


Author: JC Jones

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