From:   Shoq <>
Sent time:   Friday, October 07, 2011 9:05:09 AM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] American Jobs Act

I agree

This movement will never attract average Americans if it is seen as opposing things that 80% of them support already (like AJA), many of which are at least in a more useful direction than anything Wall Street of their Republic proxies propose.

Many who are slowly coming around to support #OWS are progressive activists who are not going to sign on to aleaderless radical agenda that discards all the progress and gains that they feel they have made, or are trying to make every day. If the movement doesn't want to support what they do, fine. But they should not be hostile to it or they will lose many of the key supporters they need. Only a small percentage of the American left is "radical left." The rest want to help this effort, but they also want to care for the families, and still believe that changes can be made to fix what ails us. Whether that is true or not, it's what many of the people believe. And until they believe something else, any movement must have the people on board.

If OWS is seen as supporting efforts that bring us President Romney, or worse, the mood will sour very quickly as the election approaches. Few on the American left want to relive the Nader/2000 drama.  A hundred dreams of revolution have come and gone in America over the past 150 years. They vanish once they try to overreach, and devolve into factionalism. If this effort can avoid making that mistake, and be as inclusive as possible without compromising its core goals, it has a real chance to make a difference in how this country evolves from this point forward.

My two cents