Shame On Mayor Jean Quan and the Democratic Party
If you are a progressive and still believe that the Democratic Party is your ally, you are living in fool’s paradise. Just remember it was Democratic Mayor Jean Quan whose police force had seriously injured a veteran, and sprayed tear gas on peaceful demonstrators. The only watershed in Oakland is that her action has antagonized some of her own party members. Quan’s legal adviser Dan Siegel had quit over his opposition to the Occupy Oakland raid. Her Deputy Mayor, Sharon Cornu, resigned on Monday.
On Tuesday Mayor Bloomberg’s forces cleared out Zuccotti Park, leaving the movement in the nation's largest city without its epicenter. They wanted to crush their spirit. Of course, this is expected from the Republicans—but Democrats? It was a coordinated move in multiple cities where 18 mayors synchronized their move to disrupt peoples’ movement. Did they have Obama’s blessing? Just asking! But the movement is beyond the control of the authority now.
Two days after the encampment in the Zuccotti Park was cleared by authorities, demonstrators were back in strength to block traffic in New York's financial district , and they promised mass gatherings in other cities around the country.
OWS has changed the dynamics of the country already. Before the movement began the talk was on deficit cutting and reducing taxes on the rich, now JOBS is the focal point of discussion, and the inequality of wealth. This movement has also clearly demonstrated that nothing much can be expected from the Democrats. They are the junior partner of the corporate America. Most of them are millionaires themselves, in league with the 1%—they have little interest for the 99%.
America is at the forefront of a revolution, a silent revolution that is going to engulf the injustice and corruption of society. For that to happen, this movement must remain peaceful at all times. Brute strength of the ruling class must be embraced with non violence. Gandhi had shown non-violence has such an extraordinary strength that it ultimately wins over violence. Resignation of Jean Quan’s staff is only the beginning. In time the 1% will become divided, the good among them will prevail, and that would be the real turning point.