Is this now the actual motto of the United States? Or is it really still "of the people, by the people, and for the people?" Or is that now just lip service and nothing else? Because if we are now serious about this nation being of the people by the people and for the people, everyone is going to have to stand up now and make sure we still take care of our own and are still serious about this. I agree with Obama concerning this one thing when he says something like "This election will decide whether we are still going to have a middle class or become a Banana Republic". Everyone can see this coming and if the wrong decisions are made during the election this year, I agree we will then likely become a Banana Republic with all the instabilities inherent in such a system without a middle class. Because if you know anything about how government works, "THERE IS NO STABILITY WITHOUT A STRONG AND WELL EDUCATED MIDDLE CLASS IN ANY NATION ON EARTH".
Kari Koch, organizer with Shut Down the Ports Working Group of Occupy Portland, said by shutting down the port, Wall Street will be unable to create profit.
"We will not stand for corporate profits at the expense of working people, we will not stand for attacks on workers, and we will not allow our schools to be closed, social services slashed, and families to be impoverished by your greed!" Koch said Monday in statement.
Organizers hope to draw thousands to stand in solidarity with longshoremen and port truckers they say are being exploited.
"Taking on and blocking the 1 percent at the port is also taking on the global issue of exploitation by capitalism," said Occupy Oakland blockade organizer Barucha Peller.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents many thousands of longshoremen up and down the West Coast, has distanced itself from the shutdown effort. The union's president suggested in a letter to members that protesters were attempting to co-opt the union's cause to advance their own agenda. end quote from: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016997540_apusoccupyports4thldwritethru.html
I think the Occupy movement might be doing the right thing for the wrong reason. Their whole point of view only works if you are short sighted and only look at things from the very limited perspective of only just what is happening in the U.S. But if you actually look at things from an international perspective shutting down the ports in the long run will only increase U.S. jobs by creating more jobs by manufacturing what we need here in the U.S. rather than importing it from somewhere else. Since this is the only way I can see to actually employ the 9 million people unemployed (or more) shutting down the ports from a purely logical perspective might be the right idea to get more U.S. citizens employed manufacturing things rather than importing those things from other places and leaving those jobs all overseas rather than giving them to people here in the U.S.
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