Common Enemy Links Keystone XL and Occupy Wall Street Protests

 

The time has come for members of the 99% to realize we have more in common than we think. For years, Americans have been divided over the issues that matter the most: conservation, climate change, civil rights, education, health care, reproductive rights, etc.

What people often fail to realize is that the forces pushing back against progress on these issues are all rooted in corporatism.

Granting corporations the right to make unlimited financial contributions to our political system means the government is no longer accountable to the people — it’s accountable to the 1% who fill its pockets with money and its agenda with self-serving legislation.

As climate activist Bill McKibben states in the video below, it’s time for the environmental, labor, climate and Occupy Wall Street movements to stand united against this corporate takeover of our country. As Tar Sands Action puts it on its website, “#occupywallstreet and the Keystone XL — One Movement, One Goal”

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Image Credit: Flickr – meadow03

38 comments

Robert O.
Bob B.4 years ago

To someone in the middle (not left or right) most people commenting here sound like lunatics, or well on their way to being one.

Gene Sengstake
Gene Sengstake4 years ago

That we allow a company like TransCanada to come into our country and do whatever they want - is not the “American way”. The XL pipeline is being supported by some officials in state/federal governments that really don’t give a damn about the environment. It is within their power to stop this ill-construed project in it’s tracks - but big oil has it’s means of intimidation. The dirtiest oil on the planet and the inevitable rupture of pipelines carrying it will probably rule the day - cheap energy (and profits) at any cost. Even though organizations like Bold Nebraska are doing everything they can to stop the pipeline - even trying to simply change the routing so it doesn’t pass directly over the Ogallala aquifer - chances are it’s probably going to be forced down our throats as is - the “deals” have already been made - - - All one can do is stand back and wonder - why a country with so much potential - seems to be slowly but surely going to hell in a handbasket - - -

Charli S.
Charlotte S.4 years ago

To all who believe we can not succeed, remember that back in the 1700's no one had ever achieved Independence from England. WE DID IT THEN AND WE'LL DO IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

After all what do we have to lose? The way things are going we are going to end up as little more then slaves to the PTB'S. We have to win for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

If we put as much effort into this movement as we do voting for American Idol we can't fail!

Charli S.
Charlotte S.4 years ago

I wonder if the politicians have come to the understanding that this is the end for career politicians and "THE BEST GOVERNMENT MONEY CAN BUY"!!!! I think they have because I've heard they're going to start "cleaning up the parks" that the protestors have been sleeping in. I think they are going to start striking back with "health regulations", cleanups and safety regs.
We must not be quiet.
As a Hippie in the 70's I wear my scars proudly. I still have a dip in skull where a policeman hit me with his baton. We need to stay peaceful no matter what. Remember the flower in the rifle was one of the most powerful images of the anti war movement in the 60/70's.
We can win back our government.

Dorota W.

I hope soon the protest will be named "Occupy the World"

Grace Adams
Grace Adams4 years ago

It is a lost cause. I wish ordinary people could succeed in spite of the greed of the eklite--but the elite have conquered us an installed a brutral dictatorship we can NOT defeat.

Beverly G.
bev g.4 years ago

Judith E . u right.

Beverly G.
bev g.4 years ago

Mercedes L..---- 'Here, here'

Mercedes Lackey
Mercedes Lackey4 years ago

James Madison warned that “the day will come when our Republic will be an impossibility. It will be an impossibility because wealth will be concentrated in the hands of few. A Republic cannot stand upon bayonets, and when the day comes...we must rely upon the wisdom of the best elements in the country to readjust the laws of the nation to the changed conditions.”

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."
-- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864
(letter to Col. William F. Elkins)

Dieter Riedel
Dieter R.4 years ago

It is not about capitalism or communism, left or right, ... these are artificial dividers to split human kind in endless disputes. Because when you look into them they have many similarities which just look different on first sight. Putting these differences aside and bringing the real human values up will bring the change we all long for.
But the elite fears this people power which would result in the loss of theirs. Every human has a born in intelligence which is distorted by the believes of an elitist group mainly interested in money = power. Change starts from within, from realising our freedom and power to be again a sovereign being, sharing and caring for the gifts of life.
Hat tip to everybody taking hers/his responsibility. This is revolution turning into evolution.