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           I was with them from the beginning, but now my enthusiasm has faded to a sliver of its original state.
          The idea of young and old Americans marching in the streets, protesting, waving banners, sleeping their nights in small tents, abandoning the comforts of their warm homes, awakened a patriotic quantum in me.
          The “Occupy Wall Street” crusade appeared to be an American moment in time. Citizens marching, arm in arm, complaining about the loss of jobs or the narrowing of their freedoms, or millions suffering at the hands of unscrupulous, brutish oppressors.
          The flag-waving, the speeches, the idea of Americans banding together with a united cause against persecution, despotism and tyranny brought up my pride in being an American.
          As the days turned one into another I waited for the momentum to peak and the spokespeople of “Occupy Wall Street” to stand, face the television cameras and speak to us eager Americans, explaining the goals of their cause.
          As the protests spread across the country I waited again. In dozens of cities the “Occupy Wall Street” crusaders entered the parks, climbed the steps to their city halls and continued to wave their banners and shout the general complaints of protestation.
          In Oakland, California they filled the parks and defied the authorities. They disrupted traffic, challenged the police and marched to the Oakland shipping port and halted all commerce, in and out. Oakland is currently in a state of confusion.
          All of these actions by the “Occupy Wall Street” loyalists have made me uncomfortable and perturbed. I have yet to hear an intelligent, comprehensive and insightful listing of the group’s goals and objectives.
          The group’s constant harping on the evils of wealth is wrong-minded. It is, rather, the wrong-minded among the wealthy that are contributing to our nation’s problems. Not all the wealthy nor all the middle class nor all the poor are our problem. The fault of our nation’s problems is with a few who abused their positions. These men, these women, perverted their power for their own gain. Guilty with them are the men and women of our law-making bodies who turned their eyes away from the growing problem of our banks, subjugating common sense and the common good for profits for a few. The high seats of power in our country abandoned what they were elected to do in favor of profit for those same few.
          I would hope the protestors would march specifically against the abuse of power by the culpable members of Congress.
          I would hope that the “Occupyers” would halt their blame of all the wealthy in our nation. It is but a small cadre of the rich that have contributed and created the problems we now all face. Wealth, by itself is not evil, nor even unrighteous. Some of the wealthy in our nation have inordinate power. They control lobbyists who guide and command many of our legislators and office holders. March and protest against those who have created our nation’s problems. Direct the angst at those who put profit above the good of the country, being specific about where the blame is placed.
          Our problems are more than the separation of the wealthy class with the poor. There have been millions of our youngsters who have dropped out of high school or college. Forty percent of our children are born out of wedlock. The rise of the poor to our middle class has become stagnant. The fabric of our society has been torn. The percentage of our unemployed remains far too high, with little immediate hope of solution.
          And so, with the “Occupyers” in Oakland becoming more untamed and tempestuous and with more cities being ringed with the protestors Americans are finding themselves forced to make a choice – for or against the “Occupy Wall Street” complainers.
          I feel that by continuing their current anarchic ways the “Occupy Wall Street” movement will eventually die.
          We, as a nation, are at a difficult time. It is a time for protest, for marching, for the waving of signs. As I wrote two weeks ago, “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 to.”
          So, dear “Occupyers,” be specific, march, wave your banners, obey the laws and express the reasons for your discontent. But do it all against the real causes of our problems. Don’t just take up space, create noise and make a mess.
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