SOMETIMES IT takes a cold winter wind to clear the hot air. It was time for the Occupiers to leave, as they were getting to be like the proverbial dinner guests who didn’t know when to go. We really got the message - and it was no earthshaking revelation that there has been an alarming and growing gap between the top earners and the rest of us.
After all the rhetoric, the movement has to be more than a marvelous adventure in street theater if it wants to be taken seriously. We’ve had enough of the noise and slogans. Whatever we may think of the Tea Party movement, it was successful in electing a critical few to Congress who successfully blocked any legislation that could bring economic progress.
If the Occupy movement expects to bring about real change, this can only come about with hard work through the political system. The movement’s members can work to assure the election of those who believe we are entitled to an even chance at a secure and peaceful future, and not one bought and paid for by top Wall Street interests.