Was it worth it? Yes. People in America are finally being Americans. They’re fighting for their rights, and I can respect that. People in this world aren’t becoming a load of pushovers. The “Arab Spring” efforts have become contagious all over the world; civilization is not going to go down quietly. Occupy Wall Street is a growing international resistance movement. Leaderless, scattered, and skewed complaints. It surely doesn’t seem like the formula for a successful campaign, but it has somehow gotten the attention of Americans everywhere.
The concentration of wealth, the income gap, the decline in true earning power and the unemployment rates are all terrible problems. Things in the economy are not right. The way the Occupy Wall Street is handling their resistance to these problems could be improved dramatically, and for that this 5-month threat could dissipate quite quickly. According to Business Insider, the focus of the protesters complaints is different across cities everywhere, which is one of its biggest problems in gaining breakthrough progress. Uniformity must be key.
There’s bound to be resistance in every movement. This spark has brought a divide in the public, Pew Research Center concluded that about four-in-ten Americans say they support the Occupy Wall Street movement (39%), while nearly as many (35%) say they oppose. People who oppose OWS claim that the “99%” are lazy or unlucky. I find it hard to believe that 150 million Americans are struggling financially because they are either of those two. Yes, a few have laziness and bad luck to blame, but a growing body of evidence has shown that workers salaries have declines (as shown in the chart). People are also criticizing the lack of a unified aim for the movement, which causes would-be supporters to not get involved. This is one of the issues that the movement could solve in order to stay alive.
It’s great that Americans are speaking out on what they believe is injustice. Though one could take many sides on the issue, the fact is that people are fighting for a cause they believe in. Religion has “claimed its place on Wall Street,” according to an article from Boston University. Many religions have been represented at the protest including Muslims, Jews, and Christians. Different religions, genders, ages and races have been able to unify on this one area of concern. To me, that is one of the most important things to take away from this experience. Its diversity in participation brings hope to a sustained protest that will grow stronger, but only time will tell.
An opinion piece from Fox News has more on the issue, keep reading for interest.