Letter: Actually, Occupy movement has had a significant impact
I don’t agree with the AP article in the Nov. 11 Sunday Monitor that stated that “little was accomplished in the ways of policy change and Occupy became largely a punch line” (“Occupy Wall Street activists pitch in to help Sandy victims,” Nation & World page).
Occupy Wall Street focused attention on economic inequality. Shortly after the Occupy movement started up in cities across the United States, it moved around the world with sites in more than 80 countries.
Almost simultaneously, we began to get to know the Republican candidates for president.
We heard about proposed $10,000 bets and elevators for cars in an outsized garage. We saw a photograph of the leading candidate and his colleagues waving fistfuls of hundred dollar bills to show off company profits. Indeed, the very kind of person targeted by the Occupy movement.
By late spring, Democratic ads were defining the Republican frontrunner as a 1 percenter, Occupy language. It seemed as though the ad people were taking a page from the Occupy playbook.
Now, with the election behind us, the fact that the loser was defined early on in this way is being listed by analysts as one of the most important reasons President Obama won.
(Americans may love successful people, but they also want to know how money is made and how it is spent. )
The Occupy movement may not have changed political policy, but it turned out to be much more than a punch line. It may very well have helped lead to Obama’s second term.