Occupy movement is non-partisan

November 23, 2011

Have you wondered about those Occupy Rockford folks all over town?

Judging from their waves and honks, passing motorists outraged over government inaction, joblessness and the economy seem to know why we’re there. Folks may not understand what Occupy is about, but virtually everyone knows someone who is unemployed, foreclosed or whose mortgage is underwater through no fault of their own. Virtually everyone realizes that earnings for the bottom 99 percent of Americans have shrunk or stagnated over the past 30 years while the top 1 percent enjoyed a nearly 300 percent increase, that 400 individuals control more wealth than the bottom 150,000,000.

A few motorists have shouted “Get a job!” However, contrary to media misinformation, most of us are employed. I’m 58 and have worked since I was 13. Sure, some are unemployed, but so, too, are many Americans.

Claims that Occupy is a liberal movement are also false. Occupy is non-partisan. We’re Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and just about everything else, all gathered to shed light on and help reverse the political and financial failures that allowed America’s government and prosperity to flow away from the middle class to the top 1 percent.

Occupy is an effort worth honking for.

Bill Weiss
Kirkland, Ill.

From the Nov. 23-29, 2011, issue


  1. Tom Gentry

    November 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Perhaps an Occupy spokesperson can tell us exactly what it is the movement wishes to accomplish and how.

    I’m a Libertarian, and I have yet to see or hear anyting remotely Libertarian from Occupy. On the other hand, I hear plenty of Socialist rhetoric.

  2. kitty

    November 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Mr. Gentry, you seem to dislike Socialist anything, correct? May I remind you that the system of police, fire and schools is a Socialism practice!! Think about that. Occupy represents the 99% of Americans that are taxed unfairly compared to the 1%. If the 1% paid their FAIR SHARE of taxes according to their incomes (no loopsholes allowed), our economy would NOT be in the situation it is in. Jobs would be HERE in the US and NOT in foreign countries where the corporations MOVED their interests so they could pay BELOW living wages and reap the BIGGEST profits. These corporations are not LOYAL to the United States but take ALL the benefits of being United States corporations!!! Mr. Gentry, may I suggest you start getting yourself INFORMED before you go out an vote along a party line!

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