The Occupy movement, now seven months old, is reportedly without tangible direction. “We, the 99%” says a lot, yet arguably says too much. The movement’s focus is as diverse as its representative viewpoints.
We have a suggestion for the Occupy movement that could quite possibly fulfill the Twitter message disseminated March 17 by Occupy leaders: “In our first 6 months we changed the national conversation. In the next 6 months we will change the world.”
What the Occupy movement will become over the next several months is uncertain. Whether it’s accidental, serendipitous, or directed will also become clearer. That said, we do believe there is one focus that could unite the diverse groups within Occupy’s 99%. It’s the Super-PACS.
Courtesy of the now obviously corrupt United States Supreme Court, Super-PACS have unprecedented influence on political activities. It’s despicable and deplorable.
Super-PACS clearly wage class warfare against the 99% by the 1%. We cannot avoid being bombarded with their influence peddling. But we can, if we so choose, undermine such corruption. And the Occupy movement is the vehicle to do just that.
Fostered via the 2010 federal court case SpeechNow.org vs. Federal Election Commission, Super-PACs are now an unfortunate way of life in America.
“Technically known as independent expenditure-only committees, Super PACs may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates.
“Super PACs must, however, report their donors to the Federal Election Commission on a monthly or quarterly basis — the Super PACs’ choice — as a traditional PAC would. Unlike traditional PACs, Super PACs are prohibited from donating money directly to political candidates,” according to OpenSecrets.org.
As of April 9, some “12 groups organized as Super PACs have reported total receipts of $155,547,779 and total independent expenditures of $86,322,408 in the 2012 cycle.”
It’s mind-boggling, to say the least, and it’s corruption, plain and simple. The only thing that will change this is the will of the people. Occupy could do that.
The Super-PAC Restore Our Future, for example, has raised over $43 million in support of presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Super-PAC Winning Our Future raised nearly $19 million to back Newt Gingrich. The list is endless and enlightening.
Millions upon millions of dollars are invested to sway the American Public through media purchases, most commonly television and radio. Trust us when we say this is only the beginning, given that this is a presidential election year.
Occupy ought to turn this upside down, not with financial contributions but rather with the backing of the people. The movement could fuel a catalytic counter-action against the politico-corporate corruption tainting fundamental tenets of America’s government of the people, by the people, for the people.
The way to do it? Educate and then engage. The people need someone to educate them. They need to know who and what the Super-PACS are. They need to know who these organizations support. They need to see the truth.
Then, after that knowledge is disseminated, the people need to act in unison, speaking the only language the 1% understands: QUIT BUYING THEIR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES.
It’s that simple.
Corporations participating in Super-PAC influence peddling must be boycotted across the board. They are not what America needs if that’s what they are doing. Actually, they are anti-American by common definition.
Occupy’s challenge: Educate and engage. Organize around the focal pivot of undermining what undermines us. Tell the 99% who they are. Tell the 99% who funds them. Tell the 99% what they are doing. Tell the 99% not to take it anymore lying down, but rather to rise up and to stop such corruption in its tracks.
Speak with your pocketbooks. Give your business and hard-earned dollars to corporations that do not poison our way of life for their own gain. Give your money to your friends, not to your enemies.
We challenge Occupy to embrace this winning and necessary message. We challenge Occupy to move on this before it’s too late. The People – We, the 99% — depend on you!
Enough BS. Boycott Super-PAC Business Supporters!
John Strand is a Staff Writer with the High Plains Reader.