The picture below is one that I took last week and in my opinion, the sign shown gives the single best reason that we have yet been unable to define even a single demand. The current political and economic situations in the USA are simply so bad that nobody can agree upon which is the most important problem to fix. Imagine that your car simply starts to fall apart on the road; what do you fix first: The flat tires, the overheating engine, that rattling sound coming from under the hood, or the stuck parking break? As with the car analogy, our country is suffering from an unheard of number of problems: A corrupt and partisan legislature, an economic recession, record income disparity, record unemployment, and a suffering environment. I ask, is it a problem that we cannot decide which issue to focus our numbers and resources upon, or is it a problem that the politicians in both parties are ignoring ALL of the problems?
In addition to the shear number of issues there are two more major reasons that we have yet to settle upon any demands or primary issues:
- We operate in a pure democracy, thus every decision is put to a vote; this takes much more time than when a professional activist hands a bunch of people signs and talking points. Ultimately, democracy takes time, and we plan to do this the right way, rather than the fast way.
- Our movement is incredibly diverse. At any time we can have Republicans, Anarchists, Democrats, Socialists, Libertarians and everybody in between engaging in honest discussion. The unusual range in ideologies and belief contained in our movement requires much more discussion and voting in order to be representative of our components.