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         The older ones among us, the more mature, those that feel, safe, content and confident of their financial futures are watching the news of the “Occupyers.” You hear them say, “What are those youngsters up to? What do they want? They’re just kids with nothing better to do? We didn’t act like that in our day!”
          I don’t think the “Occupyers” are going to disappear. I don’t believe that for a minute.
          Democracy is in crisis. No, America isn’t going to fold and disappear, but it is undergoing significant and troubling changes right before our eyes. The stymie between our two political parties has been going on for a few years now. The inability of the President to construct a pathway towards improvement through the Senate and the House has and continues to leave the country in an arduous and perplexing condition. What is most troubling is that there are no signs of improvement in the attitude of Senators, Representatives the President or their backers and lobbyists
          Those who are active in the “Occupy Wall St.” movement: Those that are ideologically searching to better the stripe of the unfortunate, the unemployed and the frustrated youth will and should continue their efforts to find solutions to the problems of the downtrodden and less fortunate.
          Slowly, the frustrations of the “Occupyers” are being raised to consciousness. In future weeks and months I am certain that accurate and defined demands will be presented. I don’t think that the “Occupy Wall St.” movement is an attack on the institution of Wall St. It is a scream for a voice, for hope, for the realization of economic equality directed at the men and women who control the reins of business and banking in America.
          Credit in America is constipated. In the midst of severe economic conditions America’s banks keep raising fees, charges and customer service.
          A young person today must feel a gnawing frustration at the prospects of getting gainful and meaningful employment. The dream of getting married, having children, buying a home is fast becoming peripheral to what our parents and grandparents thought possible.
          I differ with those that think that these “Occupyers” want the wealthy, the comfortable and well-off in America to write them checks from their own income. I think the vast majority of the “Occupyers,” their backers and followers want an opportunity to live the “American Dream.”
          Things have changed since the election of 2008. Goldman Sachs (and its PACs) has lowered its political donation to President Obama from $994,795 to $45,000 so far. At the same time Goldman Sachs has given $350,000 to the campaign of Mitt Romney. Business knows where its “bread is buttered.”
          There is nothing inherently evil about bankers, politicians, lobbyists or Democrats or Republicans, for that matter. The problem lies with the excesses that have been perpetrated among this community of the powerful.
          This is where the “Occupy Wall St.” movement should focus its energies.
          Within the week the “Occupyers” marched in Rome and denounced the warped and deceitful actions of its bankers and politicians. Hope was taken from the youth and powerless. They ask for, not a handout, but equality in opportunity. Let the wealthy and fortunate remain so, but create the opportunity for the lesser among them to strive for that station in life also. It is too easy for anyone to state that all the “Occupyers” want is a handout. That misses the real point, the objective.
          Democracy is in the midst of change. One can hear the rattling of the cages in America and around the world. Some two centuries ago the United States was formed by groups of courageous and dissatisfied people who wanted opportunity. Those brave souls were willing to die for just the opportunity.
          From Rome to Asia to the streets of Washington, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto, Seattle and beyond the cages are being rattled. The status quo is being measured.
          To those who sit comfortable and content with their station in life it would be wise to listen to those who march. It can’t hurt to listen. Perhaps it can hurt not too.