This was one of the articles I saved from my New York Times news feed for comment:
This may be true but only a problem if students don’t vote, but I think they will. Many students and recent graduates are involved in the various Occupy Movements. They may have lost their enthusiasm for the President, but who else would they vote for? Certainly not any of the front running Republican candidates. The corporate pizza guy, Herman Cain, said of the Occupy participants: “they are trying to destroy the greatest nation in the world.” Gingrich declared them “destructive, hostile and anti-civilization”. Mitt Romney argues that corporations are people, with rights, and presumably feelings too, a stance that will surely not garner many Occupy Movement votes. I don’t think Ron Paul cares a thing in the world about income inequality, but he has gone on record as supporting the protesters if they are against “crony capitalism”. While the Occupy Movement would like to dismantle practices that have led to the growing disparity of wealth in this country, Ron Paul would like to dismantle the government. I don’t think this is what Occupy folk have in mind.
As Laura Flanders asserted on Up with Chris Hayes today, if the Occupy Movement is going to be as successful as the Tea Party, they need to start backing political candidates to take the fight to Congress. And I assert that otherwise, all that youthful energy, the camping out, the sign making, the demonstrations, proclamations and organized chants, the arrests, the occupations, will have all been for naught.