Huge win for Occupy Wall Street.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 @ 12:46 am | Outstanding Democrats

Shifting the media narrative. Have liberals finally figured out that trying to “game the frame” is the main weapon in the Republican arsenal?

With the debt ceiling debates behind the country and thanks partly to the pressure being brought upon politicians and the media by the 99 Percent Movement and the occupations taking place all over the country, it looks as if the press is finally focusing on the jobs crisis and the behavior of Wall Street instead. A ThinkProgress review of the same three networks between Oct. 10 and Oct. 16 finds that the word “debt” only netted 398 mentions, while “occupy” grabbed 1,278, Wall Street netted 2,378, and jobs got 2,738…

I’m glad people are done sitting on their laurels. After almost three years of pure rabid madness from the right against Obama and against any remotely liberal policies, after seeing Wall Street get handed more free cash than the rest of the country combined (remember, the Stimulus Act was 1/3 tax cuts), people have had enough. The “job creators” at Wall Street invented a bunch of money that didn’t exist, so Uncle Sam had to give it to them. And yet, in the ransacked economy that we’re left with there are half a dozen people for every open job. People have been livid, but the Tea Party came in only to go after NPR, Planned Parenthood, Medicare, unemployment benefits, and a host of their usual targets. After years of being brutalized and pummeled by the Wall Street implosion of 2008, we were implored to release their last few shackles. It didn’t make sense, and thus, finally, somebody has stood up and made sense where sense exists. Our hearts are with you folks.

-hw

3 Responses to “Huge win for Occupy Wall Street.”

  1. AJKamper Says:

    On one hand, I agree with this post entirely.

    On the other hand, your use of “sitting on their laurels” in that manner is like a fork on the chalkboard of my soul.

  2. Henry Whistler Says:

    I was prepared for massive face-palm, but…

    The use of “laurel” as a metaphor for “honor or distinction” in English goes back at least as far as Chaucer in the 14th century, leading to such phrases as “to reap one’s laurels.” Given the human tendency to take a break once you’ve hit the jackpot, “to rest on one’s laurels,” meaning to coast on the strength of one’s former accomplishments, had appeared by the 19th century.

    …the accomplishment was Obama’s election, as I thought was clear.

    Did I still mess up some other way?

  3. Henry Whistler Says:

    Okay, on second thought I wasn’t explicit about it, but I see a line of continuity between those who elected Obama the first time and Occupy Wall Street. If you’re pissed, you should be pissed. But instead of being pissed at the president who would have signed a lot more progressive legislation had it gotten to his desk in the first place, direct our anger towards those actually standing in our way.

    We’ve dealt with a constant stream of Republican idiocy directed at Obama. Baseless insinuations about his otherness (he’s as American as apple pie and, you know, everybody else in America who isn’t white), his “socialism” (Obama is in the mainstream of American politics, but nowadays if you like public schools you’re a socialist), or his “weakness” (while bin Laden is fish food and Gaddhafi has fled).

    Slap your mates if you want, but these are dangerous times we live in if any of those Republican fools even stand a chance of winning. Not with the utter garbage they’re talking. This is like arguing over Interpol’s album rankings while death metal freaks are blasting their speakers.

    Because all death metal freaks must die, so their music will stop.