Suze Orman: “I want to say thank you to the Occupy Wall Street movement”

Traction. The Occupy Movement is doing its job.

Suze Orman — public face of the mainstream/PBS “be smart with your money” crowd, former VP of Prudential Bache Securities, and a darned smart woman — has come out in favor of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

And for all the right reasons. Writing in HuffPost, she says (h/t Paul Krugman; my emphasis and paragraphing):

I want to publicly say thank you to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Thank you for not accepting the status quo. Thank you for not assuming there is nothing to be done. Thank you for rattling the cages.

Much coverage of Occupy Wall Street has cast this as the beginning of something new. That’s only partly true.

What I find so encouraging is that Occupy Wall Street’s more important message is that this [also] marks an end point. An end to just shrugging and putting up with the inequity. An end to patiently waiting for government to get its act together and take steps to reduce the pain felt by millions of Americans who are unemployed, the millions more who are underemployed, and the millions more again who worry that if we indeed slip into a double dip recession they will soon become unemployed.

An end to letting Washington just continue further down its dysfunctional dark hole without being called out.

She thinks, as I do, that this is a revolution:

To deride the movement because it has yet to formulate a well-delineated platform says plenty more about the critics than the protestors. Revolutions tend to be messy, especially in the early going. The unholy alliance of much of Congress, K Street and Wall Street that has set the agenda from day one of the financial crisis is simply trying to protect its turf by casting aspersions on the ad hoc nature of the movement to date. I suppose I shouldn’t expect anything less. After all, there’s no way they could stage a substantive rebuttal based on facts.

At this stage in our history, return to the rule of law is revolutionary.

Our current Constitution, as written, has been overthrown in practice. That overthrow has been confirmed by a bipartisan majority of Our Betters, the Unholy 1% — that is, by the last two administrations, one Republican, the other Democratic. (May You-know-who rot in You-know-where for that!)

This makes the Occupy Movement a constitutional revolution. We’ve had three in this country — 1787, which capped the messy years before; 1860, with the years leading up and following; 1932, the same (this one probably started with the Gilded Age and ended in 1937, when Roosevelt capitulated).

The Occupy Movement of 2011 is the fourth. May it bear the same remarkable (and remarkably fortunate) fruit.

By the way, did you notice an every-70-years aspect to those dates? Me too.


Gaius Publius is a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States.

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