That question dawned on me last night watching the news. Several major cities were preparing to evict "occupy protesters". The protesters had encampments that were going to be removed, forcefully if necessary. The reporter on the channel I was watching walked through the crowd asking various participants what they wanted, what they were hoping to accomplish. The answers were not enlightening.
“We’re just making a statement, kind of, protesting what’s going on", one girl responded. The reporter asked for specifics. "Everything!, Its ALL bad. YOU decide!” the girl said growing more uncomfortable by the second.
The reporter moved on to another person in the fray, asking the same questions. "The mortgage crisis" was his response. He continued his response by saying it was "wrong that people were being kicked out of their homes and the banks aren't helping." He was convinced that the "man" was doing this on purpose.
Living in Michigan and seeing the incredible number of foreclosures first hand and hearing some of the stories first hand, I COULD relate to that statement. That response STILL did not satisfy MY question though. WHAT DO THE OCCUPY PROTESTERS WANT?
Finally the guy blurted out, "Spread the wealth out among all people. The top 1% should not have the majority of the wealth." Well, he certainly had read the book on "catch phrases" cause he used a couple in THAT response. At least he had an IDEA of what the goal was. The other people interviewed gave rambling, confusing responses.
The longer I watched the more frustrated I became. Is there are leader to this movement? Who is the voice of the occupy protesters? It seems as though they are protesting without any clearly defined goal. I am all about freedom of speech and the right to assemble. I AGREE that the wealth in our country is NOT spread out, however, I doubt camping out in a park is going to help much unless there is a face for the protest. Without that, there is no "protest".