Effects of OWS Beyond the Movement Itself

The Occupy Wall Street Movement takes a stand against corporate greed and economic inequalities stemming from the United States capitalist system.  Members of the movement protest the influence wealth can have on the United States government.  The movement has recieved criticisms of its protest tactics as well as what specifically this movement is fighting for.

Whether the movement will accomplish its goals or not is unknown at this time.  However, what is more significant regarding this movment is what does this movement truly mean in the larger picture of history. This movement will set a precedent for future protests.  In the last ten years, the two largest protests in the United States have been the Tea Party Movement and the Occupy Wall Street Movement.  Both, of which, have expressed citizen frustration of economic discontent.  This movement has definitely caught national attention through mass and social media.  It is unknown, but not unreasonable to postulate, that the Occupy Wall Street Movement’s presence could have influence over future polls and legislation.  The Tea Party Movement had a significant impact on polls. According to a poll conducted by CNN, roughly 49% of Republican or GOP leaning independents support the Tea Party Movement (“New CNN Poll: GOP Divided over Tea Party Movement.”). Though they do not support a particular party or candidate,  in upcoming elections, the Occupy Wall Street Movement could potentially have similar effects.

The concept of the 99% and the Occupy lingo, has nudged its way into our common lingo. This is also true in the political sphere. Newt Gingitch and Mitt Romney have both used Occupy lingo. Gingrich calls it “Unamerican” whereas Democrats in Congress call it “American.” Romney says

…I worry about the 99 percent in America. I want America, once again, to be the best place in the world to be middle-class. I want to have a strong and vibrant and prosperous middle-class. And so I look at what’s happening on Wall Street and my own view is, boy I understand how those people feel… The people in this country are upset

It has infiltrated the American political discourse, including campaign rhetoric.  This rhetoric has not only been used by the Republican party, but has certainly become a topic of discussion for Democrats.  Obama’s Jobs Act was passed including Occupy rhetoric. House Democrat Leader Representative, Nancy Pelosi, states, “I support the message to the establishment, whether it’s Wall Street or the political establishment and the rest, that change has to happen” (Desvarieux 1).

Overall, the Occupy Wall Street Movment has set logistical and methodical precedence for future protests, while making their goals of protest seen on a national scale.



“New CNN Poll: GOP Divided over Tea Party Movement.” CNN Politics. CNN Political Unit, 15 Sept. 2011. Web. 03 May 2012. <http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/15/new-cnn-poll-gop-divided-over-tea-party-movement/&gt;.

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