The Washington Post‘s Jonathan Capehart says he struggles to see what Occupy Wall Street has accomplished recently.
The massive protests over the weekend in Chicago during the NATO summit have folks wondering if that marked a resurgence of the Occupy Wall Street movement. But I have to tell you, if those demonstrations are any indicator, OWS is going nowhere fast.
Let me give OWS its props. When it burst onto the scene last year, it singlehandedly change the national debate from deficits to the 99 percent and their anger over the excesses of Wall Street. Just like the tea party, OWS is an organic movement that resists having recognized leaders. But unlike the tea party, OWS continues to resist having a clear goal that can be achieved through the political process. And it doesn’t help that it has an aversion to the political process …
For all the power it exhibited last fall in changing the national conversation, I’m hard pressed to see what OWS has accomplished since then. Occupy Chicago had a list of grievances that included protesting Boeing for its role in war, climate change, income inequality, gay rights, women’s rights and foreclosures.
Read Jonathan Capehart’s entire piece at the Washington Post.
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