Support the Occupy Movement and a New American Spring

occupy wall streetI propose that the entire liberal, labor, civil rights, equal rights, environmental, pay equity and women’s movements put their full force behind the Occupy Wall Street movement and its new counterpart in Washington. In recent months I have been calling for major marches for powerful change. I believe this new surge of all-American protest could be the beginning of a new American Spring that could rejuvenate the progressive and populist movements and win majority support throughout the nation.

The Occupy Wall Street movement does not have a clear agenda or clear leaders, which is perfectly fine. Therefore I am not endorsing every single action every member of the movement might take. I am endorsing a full mobilization of the entire progressive movement to join the cause and take the case throughout America.

Now Bank of America takes the abuse of middle-income and poor Americans to new levels with its grotesque new debit card fees.

First these financial institutions made huge money from the crimes and scams of the financial crash. Then they paid themselves gigantic salaries for causing the crash. Then they begged American taxpayers to bail them out for the crash. Then they paid themselves gigantic bonuses during and after the crash.

They caused and profited mightily from the crash; they asked average Americans to pay for the crash through the scams that caused it; through the bailout; then through Mafia-like interest rates on many credit cards; then by laying off many of their own workers; and now by charging new fees.

The above is a short, partial list of what Americans are being forced to endure in our Grapes of Wrath economy by those who made Gilded Age fortunes from this epic disaster. And then perpetuated their power through massive campaign donations to politicians, mostly Republicans but also some Democrats.

Brent BudowskyIt is time for change; real change. It is time for protest; strong protest. It is time for patriotism; real patriotism where the many Americans are no long ripped off by the few. It is time to mobilize, organize, rally, to stand in the streets with signs and register to vote in elections.

I propose that tens of millions of progressives, liberals, true populists, workers, unions, the liberal blogosphere, women, civil rights supporters, equal-rights advocates and environmentalists join this movement in full force, now, today, and begin a new American Spring for our country.

Brent Budowsky
The Hill

Brent Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Bill Alexander, then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. He can be read on The Hill’s Pundits Blog and reached at brentbbi@webtv.net.

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  1. Bob says

    “The Occupy Wall Street movement does not have a clear agenda or clear leaders, which is perfectly fine.”

    I suppose that it might go on for some time until it peters out, or snows. What does that statement mean? Why support a movement that has no clear agenda? Go because you’re a puppet and just do what someone else says? That doesn’t sound terribly intelligent. The liberal-progressive agendas that pushed social legislation that created the sub-prime mortgages in the first place need to stand up first and apologize. Greedy folks just stepped into the hole they created.

  2. Ray Bishop says

    If you look at the people on the streets you will see the Youth and Future of America. These are the people who can bring about change. It reminds me of the Vietnam Era when we joined together spontaneously to take a stand.
    This is the Party and it is the Real Hope for the Future. They have the most at stake as they must live in the World that the Greedy Corporate Power Brokers wish to Control for Greater Profits without regard for the rest of the 99%.
    They deserve our support.

  3. Frank Amon says

    Brent,

    I think the Occupy Wall Street people are, and should be, more concerned with people than with corporations. The concept that it is we, the 99%, versus the 1%. The income demanded and received by some of these CEO’s is tearing this country apart. We need to use the power of gov’t to tax these incomes to reduce them to reasonable levels. Then we need big levies on the biggest estates. YES to death taxes!

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