Occupy Wall Street protests on right side of history
Some Americans seem to be stuck in a Cold War mentality, seeing “communists” everywhere, as Donald Doherty did in his last letter. He calls the Occupy Wall Street protestors “a small fringe group of leftist, communist-inspired radicals ... bent on destabilizing our economy.” Wrong on all counts!
There’s no communist menace. The Cold War was over 30 years ago.
If anyone still fears communists under his (or her) bed, see Bob Dylan’s song on the topic for a humorous reality check: “I wus lookin’ everywhere for them gol-darned Reds / I got up in the mornin’ ‘n looked under my bed / Looked in the sink, behind the door / Looked in the glove compartment of my car / Couldn’t find ‘em...” -- “The Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues”.
Mr. Doherty can’t recognize democracy when it’s staring him in the face. The Occupy Movement is not a small fringe group as he claims -- there are demonstrations in at least 1,200 American cities and 900 foreign ones, and a majority of Americans agree with their aims (The Atlantic, Oct. 19). When do they stop being a “fringe” group and become the majority?
Nor did the protestors destabilize the economy. They are trying to reclaim our economy from the financial industry that did destabilize it, and restore control to us, the citizens.
Historically, “leftist fringe groups” have created other protests: for civil rights, against the Vietnam war, for women’s rights, voting rights, and other things. They were all on the right side of history, and when they succeeded, they made America better for us all.
These OWS protestors are enduring a lot of hardship and brutality to remedy a horrible economic disaster. If they win, our lives will be better.
I think they’re on the right side of history, too.