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Patch's Poll: What's Your Take On Occupy Wall Street?

It's been going on since mid-September - is it time to end the protest?

On Tuesday, New York City police cleared Zuccotti Park of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, and that afternoon a judge ruled that "that city can stop protesters from bringing tents, tarps and other camping equipment into the park."

What do you think? Has the protest run its course, or should it find new digs and keep on going? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Michael November 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM
With few exceptions I want to say "how Madison" of some of you to find disfavor with a group of individuals trying to fight against Social and Economic injustice. Sure there are a group of individuals that get the media attention for foul behavior not in line with the tenants of the cause. (you have your boggie men as well) But honestly folks, re-read some (I said SOME) of the responses above. They are filled with the same abhorrence that these groups are fighting against. To feel the pain of no one other that yourself, to blame the victims, to call out one political party and not your own, to blame it on a President or former leader of the House when all facts and history lay against you well it is, it is....... how have I learned to say it? Oh yeah....... How Madison of you. Carry on Occupiers! It is a long way in to the narrow minds of the fact-less benefactors of an unjust system. Keep fighting for the voiceless victims of a broken political system, two-class health system, financial system disparity, and culture of class warfare. I am proud of you.
R Lee Balderdash November 19, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Equity- that is what OWS wants. Their method may be to discombobulate, but what they want is combobulation. I admire their action and tenacity, as i am more of a thinker than doer. The way i see it, the big problem from which others stem, is that political campaign donations discombobulate the vote and send ripples of destruction throughout the system. Democracy doesn't work unless everyones vote carries the same influence and when one person buys extra influence above the influence of their one vote, democracy is skewed and skewered. Do the math(1+$>1). My idea to make a start at trying to get closer to equity(when i get around to it) is to submit to my representatives a bill that would require any political donation to be matched with a donation to the treasury of the governing entity in which a political contest occurs. If anyone thinks that's a good idea, be my guest, take it to your representative and submit it as your own.
Vindaloo November 19, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Hear, hear!!!!!
Len Raymond November 19, 2011 at 05:48 PM
"Reality check" -- yes! Society (and government) has just gotten dumb. So many stupid things have happened in the last 20 or 30 years and we nearly had a major depression for it. And things are still stupid. The tribal mentality of our major political parties is a prime example. But even more than that, the utter foolishness of thinking one can be both a great planner and leader. FALLACY 1: No social engineering is needed -- good leadership will make things happen. FALLACY 2: Corrupt leadership is the problem -- just get the right laws and we won't need them. WE NEED BOTH good leadership and good planning. FALLACY 3: I am a good leader therefore I must be a good planner too. FALLACY 4: My plans [social engineering] are great therefore I must be a good leader too. Occupy Movement, time to provide the technical support that the tribal parties so obviously need. The political tribes cannot do it for themselves or even for each other. Authentic speaking-truth-to-power can only be done by a witness.
Ralph Thayer November 19, 2011 at 10:48 PM
The example cited, that of Pelosi, is an instance of government corruption. How does that support the argument of "corruption on Wall Street"? Why is so little of this "passion" directed at Washington DC, at a federal government that has long run over its Constitutional levees and flooded the nation with inevitable unintended consequences?
Ralph Thayer November 19, 2011 at 10:54 PM
"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself." -- Federalist #51 Now THAT'S "Madison".
Laura Natusch November 20, 2011 at 01:09 AM
Really? You're calling the occupiers violent? They've been consistently nonviolent while being clubbed and pepper-sprayed at close range. Watch the video of the UC Davis students. Or read this: http://www.alternet.org/story/153134/caught_on_camera:_10_shockingly_violent_police_assaults_on_occupy_protesters/?page=entire
Michael November 20, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Read Norm Chomsky's statement of support for OSW. Follow #OSW on Twitter. Here is the link http://roarmag.org/2011/09/chomsky-speaks-out-in-support-of-wall-street-protests/
Chris Ward November 20, 2011 at 02:42 PM
I think these "OWS" protestors are morons! What are they protesting? What's their goal? What's their end game or exit strategy? Then Thursday through today happened..Thursday's actions can be defined as domestic terrorism! And protesting Fort Benning?? Not a single soldier is in the 99%...awwww poor babies..don't make enough money..and can't get their dream job..neither can I! So I'm taking action to change that! Why don't they protest ME? I'm married, I have 3 kids, and my wife and I go to college..our taxes are low...at least they are until their "Messiah" Obama lets the "evil GW's" tax cuts expire..and those tax cuts "for the rich"..we both work entry-level casino jobs!!
Chris Ward November 20, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Your right everything costs more! Your FAIR capitalism comment is better suited when you're not taxing those who've made it at a higher rate...perhaps if cut these taxes/penalties/entitlements the prices will go down again! Look at what Blumenthal, Malloy, and a little bit of Rell did to CT..look at the damage Habarek has done to Stonington...
Vindaloo November 20, 2011 at 03:29 PM
To Chris, I have already commented on the fact that many business people denounce the issue of the effect of taxes on business.as rhetoric. As a business owner, I agree with them. Unemployment and the elimination of the middle class is the real problem.
Justin November 20, 2011 at 07:46 PM
Just one of the CEO's they protest for being greedy has paid more in taxes then all of the OWS protester combined. Hows that for fair share?
Ralph Thayer November 20, 2011 at 09:06 PM
A List of Occupy Mayhem Sorted by Type http://bit.ly/stGXmv
BJ November 21, 2011 at 12:05 AM
Justin: To progressives "fair" means: something for nothing. When it comes to "paying," the reality of the OWS crowd is that they are a NET NEGATIVE. Their motives are punitive, they have no interest in work (to elevate themselves) they just want to bring others down!
John Martin November 21, 2011 at 01:55 AM
I read a story about a young man who is in the 1%. http://goo.gl/xvBB1 He started a business, made a bundle, and risked it on another business - one that may very well put him into the Jefff Bezos-Bill Gates club. And .... you should love this, hipster OSW supporters...his new business is peer-to-peer credit exchange. No credit card companies, no pay pal. Of course, some credit card company won't like this and will go to see Barney Frank or Barak Obama. They will beg and whine and whip out the check book and your champion of the common man will push some law that will put this guy out of business. This is what is called tampering with the free market. This tampering created the banking crisis, the mortgage crisis, the energy crisis, the loss of manufacturing jobs, and a slew of other follies perpetuated by 'progressives.' We don't have to fight the corporations - we have to elect men and women with integrity. And hold them accountable. Chris Dodd never should have been allowed to have made a career out of being a Senator.
Michael November 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Great, now the 1% supporters are calling us Morons and Domestic Terrorists. (see Chris Ward 9:42am on Sunday, November 20, 2011) While we the OWS supporters try to keep you focused on why economic and social injustice needs to be corrected, will one of the 1 percenters like to defend the name calling and demeaning character of Mr. Ward's statements? Go ahead. I will sit here and hold my breath waiting......still waiting. Oh my gosh I am getting dizzy and turning blue....... (once again) How Madison of you!
Vindaloo November 21, 2011 at 01:59 PM
WHAT???......"fair" means: something for nothing. When it comes to "paying," the reality of the OWS crowd is that they are a NET NEGATIVE. Their motives are punitive, they have no interest in work (to elevate themselves) they just want to bring others down!"....What a REDICULOUS AND INSULTING assumption!!!!. ANYONE can find themselves in a financial crisis anytime without warning in this economic environment. I now know more hard working, educated people having hardships these days than I've ever seen. We need a fair financial environment for any hard worker who want's it. Bringing others down would help noone. Chris, when you're still working that entry level casino job (if you're lucky) years from now and not able to find a better paying job with some benefits, you might find yourself searching for a second or third job just to make ends meet. You'll have a lot of unexpected expenses as your kids grow up. Your college degree might not help. Most people have them these days. Then you might look back on this and realize how far off base you are and maybe wished you stood with us to correct this. This conversation is getting nowhere. I guess when things keep going the way they do and many of you righteous people find yourself in the same position as many others who support OWS, then you'll all realize what this is REALLY all about. Then maybe you'll stop listening to those right wing propaganda blowhards on Fox. Talk about bringing others down...I'M DONE!
Dorry Clay November 21, 2011 at 02:02 PM
http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/19/8884405-lobbying-firms-memo-spells-out-plan-to-undermine-occupy-wall-street
John Yannacci, Sr. November 21, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Dorry Clay, I could post dozens of links to The Blaze which will show the very negative side of OSW. But, it's a conservative blog so you would give it no merit. Why, then, should I give any merit to an MSNBC web site?
Dorry Clay November 21, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Why give merit to anything?
John Yannacci, Sr. November 21, 2011 at 03:22 PM
What, then, was your purpose in posting a link to an MSNBC site?
Dorry Clay November 21, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Did you read it? Some people will not be open minded to the great points being made by the Occupy Movement no matter where they come from. I'm part of it and support it as do many others. Enjoy the show.
janis albamonti November 21, 2011 at 04:44 PM
I take them all very seriously and have enormous pride in those that partake. We did the protests back in the day & we got out of Viet Nam. I think it shows people are thinking...again!
Dorry Clay November 21, 2011 at 04:58 PM
See you in the street Janis!
Eric B December 04, 2011 at 07:48 AM
Laura; you can show a horse to water but you can't make her drink.
Phil Williams December 04, 2011 at 01:06 PM
Big government is not the root cause of all our troubles. The root cause is apathetic citizens that vote into office liberals that are intent on social renengineering. When and if America wakes up this will reverse course.
Phil Williams December 04, 2011 at 01:18 PM
So why do you continue to re-elect them if they are corrupt?
bryan ziemski December 05, 2011 at 10:26 AM
I think it is time occupy people look to the smaller stage for action. Big goverment is not the only thing that needs attention, small town goverment also needs to be looked at for its integrity. I for one have turn my attention to this small goverment action. I have filed ethics charges against Ronald McDaniel on the grounds his relationship with Common Grounds LLC. is not ethical or does not show integrity as a public official. I for one am tired of the "slumlord effect" and am working towards cleaning up the blight caused by Common Ground LLC. managed properties within the town of Montville.
Keith Brooks January 23, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Bryan, Occupy Connecticut still lives in Weston. We meet monthly in the Weston Public Library on a Saturday morning, and lay plans to restore equality of income and wealth. First on our action agenda is overturn of the Citizens United case. Come join us! Keith Brooks 203 226 6384 keithbrooks26@gmail.com
Keith Brooks January 23, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Ken Liebiskind does a great job of reporting on important issues!

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