Lots of people have questioned both the motives and tactics of the worldwide Occupy Wall Street movement. Some feel a sense of relief that the 99% is finally finding its voice, while others say that without leadership and a list of demands, the goals of OWS will never become reality.
But despite its decentralized approached, there’s proof that the leaderless Occupy Wall Street movement is already having an effect on the 1% and their political allies.
A few weeks ago, a top lobbying firm for America’s major banks offered to undermine OWS through “opposition research” and personal attacks for a cool $850,000 (the American Bankers Association publicly rejected the offer…for now). And just last week, top GOP pollster and communicator Frank Luntz admitted that he’s “scared of this anti-Wall Street effort” because it’s “having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.”
Lutz made these remarks at a coaching session for the Republican Governor’s Association held in Florida. Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody was there, and captured some of Luntz’s comments on Occupy Wall Street. Here’s the advice he gave the GOP:
Empathize With The 99 Percent Protesters: Luntz instructed attendees to tell protesters that they “get it”: “First off, here are three words for you all: ‘I get it.’ … ‘I get that you’re. I get that you’ve seen inequality. I get that you want to fix the system.”
Don’t Mention The Middle Class Because Americans Don’t Trust Republicans To Defend It: “They cannot win if the fight is on hardworking taxpayers,” Luntz instructed the audience. “We can say we defend the ‘middle class’ and the public will say, I’m not sure about that. But defending ‘hardworking taxpayers’ and Republicans have the advantage.”
Don’t Talk About Taxing The Rich: Luntz reminded Republicans that Americans actually do want to tax the rich, so he reccommended they instead say that the government “takes from the rich.”
So there you have it. More proof that while the media and certain politicians try to brand Occupy Wall Street as radical, socialist, and anti-American, it’s message resonates with the 99%. Even more importantly, Luntz’ comments reveal that Washington is terrified OWS will expose its lies, self-serving policies, and general disregard for the well-being of middle-class Americans.
As so many have already said, you can tear down tents, arrest peaceful protesters, sequester journalists, and deny access to public spaces all you want, but you cannot evict an idea whose time has come.
Stand strong, voice your opinion, occupy your community, sign petitions, support your neighbors, and never be afraid to fight back against corruption. To those that have hung around the sidelines, waiting to see if this is really for you, it’s time to start asking questions, attending events, and standing up for your rights. Together we are the 99% and we are too big to fail!