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PROTESTS: A plan isn’t Occupy’s responsibility

Letter by James W. Endicott, Lakewood on Nov. 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm | 14 Comments »
November 7, 2011 10:40 am

Re: “A scream, but what’s the plan?” (editorial, 11-3).

The News Tribune is as wrong as the others who criticize and dismiss Occupy Wall Street because it does not have a “plan.” That’s not the responsibility of Occupy Wall Street.

We still live in a democracy, I think. To flourish and avoid stagnation, or worse, a democracy requires active participants. Active participants bring forth ideas when a necessary change is envisioned. If an idea has merit, it grows in strength among the citizens. Ideally, ideas are discussed, perhaps voted on.

Occupy Wall Street is succeeding. The national conversation is slowly beginning to change from deficit spending to social justice. Now the task is on the shoulders of two other components in a democracy: elected officials and the media.

This is where things begin to break down. Rather than becoming participants in this growing dialogue, all too many elected officials, whose job it is to come up with a “plan,” ignore and dismiss the social justice aspects of the growing voice of their constituents.

Spending critical time on whether “In God We Trust” should be the national motto ignores the conversation. The media disengage from participating in the conversation. Rather, our citizens are too often bombarded with the latest news about weddings, divorces, court proceedings of, ultimately, inconsequential celebrities.

Encourage and participate in a national, honest, civilized conversation about the consequences of social injustices.

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