From Common Dreams: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/10/31-3
Published on Monday, October 31, 2011 by CommonDreams.org
A remarkable shift in mass public opinion is occurring right before our eyes. It does not happen often. Normally, only when there is a severe breakdown in public confidence about the future.
Now is such a time.
Millions are demanding clear explanations for the economic turmoil surrounding their lives and rejecting en masse standard platitudes from an increasingly discredited political establishment.
Fox-News pundits, Heritage Foundation business scholars, glib right-wing loud mouths and two-faced politicians from both major parties have been exposed as stand-in ventriloquists for the wealthy – shockingly, all in a few short weeks.
It all began with only a few hundred protestors camped out on Wall Street challenging conceited notions of the one percent.
Through it all, the Occupy Movement is discovering what my generation learned during the civil rights, antiwar, feminist and gay rights struggles begun some 65 years ago – the ideas of the rich and powerful just don’t stand up.
They don’t hold water. That is, they do not accurately explain what is happening around us, the measure most rational people use to determine if something is true or false.
There was bitter political conflict with the status quo during the conformist “American Dream” decade of the 1950s.
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