The Occupy movement is a really young movement. In just two to three months, it has changed the political landscape entirely. At first, it was dismissed as a fringe movement of dirty hippies and Socialist college students. But as the movement has gone on, those in positions of power have become more and more afraid. The top GOP strategist has changed the language of the political debates for Republicans:
– Don’t Mention Capitalism
– Empathize With The 99 Percent Protesters
– Don’t Say Bonus
– Don’t Mention The Middle Class Because Americans Don’t Trust Republicans To Defend It
– Don’t Talk About Taxing The Rich
The issue of wealth inequality has been increasingly acknowledged in the Mainstream Media, such as Fox News. Before, the debates were mainly about how much money to pay for the debt. Granted, they continue to occur, but they are not prevalent on most sites and in the minds of America now.
In a small time, with few real resources, Occupy has brought about a change in the US. Will we have more transparent politics? Is our First Amendment in danger from exposing the income gap in the US? I honestly can’t say. The main demands of Occupy Wallstreet greatly echo those of my favorite speaker, Lawrence Lessig. For those that don’t know, Lessig has not been in the copyright arena in the last decade. He has instead joined the Progressive movement, looking to take the money out of politics as he lays out in Bloomberg.
How will all of this attention affect the debates? How will people pick between the current presidential nominees when all of them have their flaws? Only time will tell. The OWS movement is only going to grow as more people look for the government to answer questions regarding its role in their lives.