Bill Maher Explains Occupy Wall Street

Why Occupy Wall Street Is Going To Win

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On Real Time host Bill Maher accused the right of living in the past when it comes to Occupy Wall Street, but most importantly, he explained to them why Occupy Wall Street is going to win.

After debunking the right’s hippie characterization of Occupy Wall Street, Maher said, “There’s not going to be a repeat of what happened last time the hippies were in the streets. Those hardhats that you’re depending on to turn against the lousy hippies, here’s what they’re doing now. They’re cheering them on, because now the hardhats are just as broke as everybody else. These people down there, they’re not the counterculture. They’re the culture. They don’t want free love. They want paid employment. They don’t hate capitalism. They hate what’s been done to it, and they resent the Republican mantra that the market perfectly rewards the hard working and punishes the lazy, and the poor are just jealous mooches who want a handout. Yeah, because if there is one group of people who hate handouts, it’s Wall Street.”

The right has tried everything to turn the tide of public opinion against Occupy Wall Street. They have claimed that the protests are filled with crime and drugs. They have labeled the movement anti-Semitic, and the people involved in it lazy, dirty, hippies. Despite their daily attacks this movement has continued to grow, and Bill Maher put his finger on exactly why.

Occupy Wall Street continues to be successful because it isn’t a movement of people, it is the people. The right does think that this is the 1960s all over again, and they can get those middle aged white suburban Americans to rally against the youth, but the Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t divided by age. This isn’t old versus young, or white versus black. The Occupy movement is something different.

The economic devastation caused by the corrupt behavior of Wall Street impacted Americans across age, race, and geographic lines. The only people who profited from the great economic collapse of 2008 are those who caused it. The rich have gotten richer, and they have seized control of our political system in order to not only maintain their status, but also to take away resources from those beneath them.

What really pushed the 99% over the edge wasn’t that rich have gotten richer, but that the one percent has turned capitalism into a weapon to be used against everyone beneath them.

The right keeps assuming that there is some sort of large natural constituency out there waiting to be mobilized against these protests. They dream of finding the magic words that will stop the protesters and protect their beloved one percent, but there aren’t any magic words. There isn’t a talking point out there that can derail Occupy Wall Street.

The exploited class is rising up to seek justice, and whether Bill Maher realizes it or not, he perfectly explained why Occupy Wall Street is going to win.

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An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

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4 Responses to Bill Maher Explains Occupy Wall Street

  1. Anonymous says:

    “The right keeps assuming that there is some sort of large natural constituency out there waiting to be mobilized against these protests. They dream of finding the magic words that will stop the protesters and protect their beloved one percent, but there aren’t any magic words. There isn’t a talking point out there that can derail Occupy Wall Street.”

  2. Anonymous says:

    i would like to think that there would be a joyous outcome
    sadly i doubt that it will be easy
    the 1% do not care where te 99% starve
    and if really threatened
    will use every means against them
    my best guess would be biological warfare …some disease
    that sends everyone home
    occupy whatever you want
    for as long as you want
    and in the end
    all that property belongs to the one percent
    business remains the same
    all accounts remain the same
    the depth of their resources
    the lengths they will go to
    are unimaginable
    200 years of planning won’t be thwarted by a weekend in the park ….sorry

  3. Jose says:

    It is interesting that the likes of Bill Maher, Michael Moore, the Pres, the Dem Congressmen, etc that support the Occupy Wall Streeters are themselves one of the 1%ers. Hipocrates. Just what is their game?

    The White House Administration starting at the top, WANTS (and needs) these OWS conflicts to escalate. Re-election at all cost is the plan. Handing out little portions to satisfy each group that has a beef, as is being done now by the Pres, without solving the real problems is their apparent game.

    The OWS groups will eventually implode as they overstay or overplay their hands. The core of the groups are the problem. The police will react accordingly, since other tax paying citizens affected by the protests have their rights too.

    It will be interesting to see where the real opposition to the looming economic crisis comes from. It won’t be the OWSers.

    Jose

  4. Anonymous says:

    Anon @2:05
    Good comments that I certainly can’t take exception to. I just hope it doesn’t come to what you have describe and are foretelling of what may well be the end result.

    Jose,
    I agree, piece meal won’t cut it when the problem is endemic and needing of a major overhaul.

    I’m hopeful that the days of Davey Crocket are still in the blood of the American people and that Canadaians come to terms with the fact that they have been lied to by their government(s) through the bought and paid for corporate media. i.e. in many ways things are much worse here than what they are for our cousins down south. We need to wake up and stand fast too!

    JP

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