Next year we elect or re-elect the US President. This year the conservative movement is countered by another grass-roots political movement that is liberal.
Would you protest by joining one of these groups or another like them? What topic would you like to see fuel a completely new protest movement? Are you politically active in a different way? How?
Occupy Wall Street Movement
The Occupy Wall Street Movement was inspired by the so-called Arab Spring demonstrators, young men and women who wanted democracy in Egypt and other countries across the Middle East. This movement started September 17 as a one-day protest against corporate greed.
Celebrities visited, labor unions and other groups joined in adding assorted complaints and demands on issues such as global warming, gas prices as well as corporate greed. Most protesters seem to be fueled by the common thread of anger at the wealthy and powerful at the expense of the middle class and less fortunate. Some of the demonstrators have voiced anger with capitalism, suggesting socialism or communism would be better.
There does not seem to be a unified message.
The protest has been on-going in Manhattan’s financial district. Although it started as a small group, more people have joined because of Facebook entries, and possibly news coverage. There is no single leader, and participants do not agree on details beyond corporate greed. Occupy Wall Street events have been scheduled in Los Angeles, Washington, and many other cities , but it remained focused in Zuccotti Park because it is near Wall Street.
The geographic center is moving. Today they will be marching to the homes of five Republican millionaires including David Koch, who has been instrumental in the Tea Party Movement. No Democratic millionaires are targeted in the march. The Occupy Wall Street Movement seems to have support, and as it continues I am sure they will clarify goals and identify leadership.
Tea Party Movement
The modern Tea Party Movement began on February 27, 2009, when small groups in 22 American cities gathered to protest the signing of President Obama's stimulus bill.
It is composed of a loose affiliation of national and local groups that determine their own platforms and agendas – grassroots political activity. A poll of participants says 87 percent have "dissatisfaction with mainstream Republican Party leaders," an important factor in this largely conservative movement.
Local or regional “tea parties” have hosted protests, marches, local town halls, and backed candidates.
According to Wikipedia, the Tea Party endorses reduced government spending, reduction of the national debt and deficit, and opposition to taxation. There is also a very strong adherence to the United States Constitution and also advocate smaller government with fewer regulations. The Tea Party Movement is for free markets.
Possible Movements in the Making
What other groups could form a political movement like these two? Of course there are Independents, Green advocates, Peace or health concerns. What about one for moderates, or maybe economic sanity? There are infinite possibilities.
Regardless of the party in power, there will be bills funding MS, or not. At the very least, individuals can send emails to support legislation. Maybe a new movement could be to organize email campaigns. Or is that done already by the MS Society, Twitter, Facebook and more? Do you have suggestions?
So the question of this week is: Would you protest by joining one of these groups or another like them? What topic would you like to see fuel a completely new protest movement? Are you politically active in a different way? How?
Published On: October 11, 2011