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Occupy Tulsa Denounces Ron Paul and Other Republican Candidates: “Puppets for the One Percent.”

Occupy Tulsa issued on its website today a condemnation of Ron Paul and other Republican presidential candidates, calling them “puppets for the One Percent.” Group organizer Daniel Lee writes, “The Republican Party has worked for years against the working class of this country, promoting crony capitalism and unregulated corporate corruption, handing tax breaks and corporate welfare to the rich, while slashing public support programs for the poor and encouraging the exploitation of the people. Ron Paul is no exception.”

[Lee] continued, “His blatant racism and fanatical support of rampant unregulated corporate greed under the guise of ‘free markets’ poses as great a threat to the freedom and equality of the people of this country as bloated, openly bigoted Republican bureaucrats like Newt Gingrich or the trust-fund club elitists like Mitt Romney.”

Occupy Tulsa, now as ever, does not promote or endorse political parties or candidates. However, it is committed to exposing corruption and cronyism wherever it is found, and it bears a strong responsibility to the people to warn of candidates seeking to adopt a populist stance while promoting the interests of the One Percent, such as Ron Paul. Paul’s strong defense of Mitt Romney’s record as a venture capitalist shows clearly he is on the side of the very institutions which have exploited the American people and ruined our economy. Despite his stance on the war and other popular libertarian issues, Paul’s public social and economic policy would bring this country to a complete state of ruin, and dismantle what little safety net is left for minorities, the poor, and the working class.

As such, his positions are incompatible with the ideals and goals of the Occupy movement, and concerted attempts by Ron Paul groups to co-opt the movement should be taken as a serious threat to the cohesion and unity of the revolution. As always, all individuals are welcome to join Occupy Tulsa as part of the 99%, but it is imperative that the movement remain true to its founding ideals of direct democracy and complete social and economic equality.

I’m delighted to see a condemnation like this for one significant reason - in recent debates and interviews, Ron Paul has begun stating he sympathizes with the plight of the 99%. Notice he also essentially states he empathizes with the one percent as well, using the same language as Romney about punishing success, then typically moves into claims it was too much government regulation which caused the financial crisis. 

If over-regulation were the case, the decrease of government oversight, coupled with the increase in severity of crises and complexity of risky financial instruments, makes for an awfully interesting correlation.

Using the language of populism does not make one a champion of the working class.

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One of the most heartbreaking 99 percent photos I’ve seen yet.
His sign reads:

"I was deployed to Iraq 4x5 of my friends are dead.1 of my friends is missing his arm.1 of my friends killed himself.I’ve been blown up 2x by roadside bombs.Hearing fireworks makes me nervous.I can’t sleep at night.
All so bankers and war profiteers could get richer.
I am the" 

Nearly every active duty military member is in the 99 percent. End the war profiteering and bring them home.

One of the most heartbreaking 99 percent photos I’ve seen yet.

His sign reads:

"I was deployed to Iraq 4x
5 of my friends are dead.
1 of my friends is missing his arm.
1 of my friends killed himself.
I’ve been blown up 2x by roadside bombs.
Hearing fireworks makes me nervous.
I can’t sleep at night.

All so bankers and war profiteers could get richer.

I am the 99%

Nearly every active duty military member is in the 99 percent. End the war profiteering and bring them home.

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Occupy Wall Street Gets Union Backing; Approval Rating Double That Of Congress'

Occupy Wall Street is getting a shot in the arm, as some of America’s largest unions have announced that they’re now supporting the movement. The gain in momentum comes as off-shoots of the original Manhattan group plan marches and protests around the nation.

The group has attracted some mockery, largely for its members’ proclivity for dressing up like zombies. But a new Rasmussen poll finds that the group enjoys a higher approval rating (33 percent) than does Congress (14 percent).

Perhaps sensing a groundswell of opinion, several key Democrats have endorsed the group, including former Sen. Russ Feingold and Rep. John Larson, who called it a sign of a coming "American autumn" — a reference to the Arab Spring protests that have reshaped parts of the Middle East.

I’ve seen this quote from Gandhi used in reference to Occupy Wall Street:

"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win."

However, I think this summary of social change from César Chávez, founder of the United Farm Workers of America, is also apropos to the movement:

"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours."

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I would just say very generally, I think people are quite unhappy with the state of the economy and what’s happening. They blame, with some justification, the problems in the financial sector for getting us into this mess, and they’re dissatisfied with the policy response here in Washington. And at some level, I can’t blame them. Certainly, 9 percent unemployment and very slow growth is not a good situation.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, saying the Occupy Wall Street protesters just might have a legitimate reason to be pissed off. Bernanke is alternately Captain Obvious and Captain Obfuscation. Pretty sure this is Captain Obvious commenting here…

Let me make one thing clear, Mr. Bernanke. There’s no “some justification” about it. The “problems in the financial sector” share the majority of the blame for the current state of the economy. Deregulation run amok coupled with unrestrained greed and over-leveraged financial institutions, topped off with more than a dash of unmitigated risky speculation, have sold my future and the futures of other Americans straight down the river.

So no. You can’t blame us for being just a titch pissed off.


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