We know that the Occupy Wall Street movement still exists; now it is more necessary than ever before. We haven't heard much from the media because the movement isn't entertaining anymore.
Working below the radar, the Occupy movement has been working with labor unions, local community groups, and other independent organizations. This is good, but it must take center stage before the nation.
Every other political actor is compromised or powerless. We have nothing to resist the takeover of our country by unscrupulous, self-interested wealth other than the Occupy movement.
Despite past difficulties, the Occupy movement opens the door to a new rights movement -- a movement for economic rights -- that gives us new hope in our deeply troubled nation.
By now we should all know that President Barack Obama's achievements have been in the teeth of an unprecedentedly Machiavellian Republican Party. Despite some populist noises, the real beneficiaries of a Republican win will be the wealthy, and only the wealthy.
With the blessings of the Supreme Court, corporate-sponsored super PACs (like Karl Rove's Crossroads) and pseudo-social issues organization (Crossroads Grassroots) need not publicize names of contributors who can give unlimited amounts of money ("free speech").
A recent article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek says that just Rove's PAC and his "social issues" organization will be able to raise a billion dollars in the next few months.
If Mitt Romney wins, it will be the end of government money for education, transportation, green industries, welfare and other measures designed to help the poor, the homeless and the elderly.
The fragile middle class will be wrecked by the Republican budget, which no longer understands its interests. Romney will also be a disaster for all the civil rights that had been won since the 1950s. Kennedy's "rising tide" is sinking all boats except the yachts.
An Obama win might avoid the most egregious of these outcomes, but only if he has the backing of Congress and the courts. But that is unlikely. Moreover, Obama is a centrist, who continues to try to compromise and conciliate.
There is no guarantee that he won't back off many of the most important issues facing this country -- Democrats have notoriously caved.
It is at this moment in our history that the Occupy movement must emerge. This is not a prediction, it is to state a moral imperative.
The tea party started with rage and panic aimed at the wrong targets. Now it is wholly a creature of David and Charles Koch. It has put up candidates whose credentials are evidence of their fanaticism and dogma. That legitimate anger, rage and fear for our democracy requires a movement that has the will of those whose lives will be destroyed if the present economic and political hierarchy continues. The Occupy movement is the only kind of organization that can fulfill this role. Resistance to the inequality and injustice demands a nonviolent, but very aggressive, revolution. We can't wait for "government" to take the necessary action. We must decide who and what we are as a nation now.
Tony Stigliano is a resident of Danville.