This past Thursday, an associate and I visited Zuccotti Park for the purpose of interacting with the protesters from OWS. We spent over fourteen hours there, arriving at 9 at night and staying until 11 Friday morning. This was a surprisingly worthwhile exercise, as we were able to speak with many different people. Some even sought us out to tell us their message. Having taken the time to listen to the protesters, I’ve arrived at what I believe is a unique take on OWS.
Many of these protesters are incoherent, and many of them are radical socialists, but a very large number are reasonable and well-spoken. These protesters are upset with the very same things as those of us in the Tea Party are, and they do not see the Tea Party as the enemy; in fact, many of the protesters claimed to support Tea Party efforts, saying that all they want is for the government to leave them alone and to abide by the Constitution as it was written. That should sound familiar to any member of the Tea Party.
You will note that the protesters decry the influence of “the banks” and “Wall Street.” We asked many of them whether they thought the Federal Reserve Bank was in any way responsible for the financial crisis. Most of them allowed that “them too” were probably also guilty, but a large number do not even know what the Federal Reserve is — or, at least, they are unaware that the Fed is not “federal” in any sense of the word, but is a private corporation unconstitutionally created to control the money supply. They were ignorant of the true nature of the Fed even though they were quite knowledgeable and coherent on other issues.
The important point is that while this movement may have a hard core of radicals, the majority is not fully controlled by this element. This majority knows that something is wrong with our country, but not what. The Democratic Party, mainstream media, Soros-affiliated radicals, and various unions are…
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