Let me start by stating that I am merely an observer of this entire movement. I have not participated in any way with any of the Occupy protests but like many in this country I watch with curiosity knowing I should be out there doing something to affect change in this country. I doubt this will get read by many, but it is sincere and I can gaurantee it represents the thoughts of many who are hesitant to get involved.
When I get on this page or many of the occupy websites I am more and more reading posts of infighting over petty disagreements rather than fruitful discussions of how to further the cause. I mean look at the most recent blog posts on this site. It's a lot of negativity and inside politics. For those of you involved first hand in the movement these are important issues that probably need to be hashed out, but it is distracting from the message and turning off potential activists.
What has amazed me is how fast this movement is reaching a certain level of dissent internally. In many ways the founding fathers of this great country were no different than those in this movement. They were a small group of activists that set out to develop "a more perfect union" where freedom could exist for all and would have a say in their government. Despite their many flaws and exclusions they were able to create a society that completely changed the world. They accomplished this by following through with the unifying belief that they should be able to live without the oppressions of their government. Of course there are no new lands to go to, but revolutionary change is possible as is evident all around the world.
Where did this great country loose focus and devolve into the society we have now. I would suggest it is when internal politics became so disfunctional in our government that the only ones making change are large corporations and the wealthy who have a clear goal to accomplish. Change is not possible in our current government because their are so many petty disagreements between and within the political parties that nothing radical can get done so the status quo is almost always upheld no matter the implications, and it took a lot more than a few months to reach this point.
I plead with all those involved in this movement to put aside petty differences and meaningless arguments and return focus to the ultimate goal. That is the only way you will be able to sustain and grow this important movement. Now is the critical time as many have written you off as a one trick pony that has been taken care of. I don't believe that. Remember what got you involved in the first place. Just based on a blog I read and I mean no disrespect but for most of us out here we don't care how you define nonviolence for example. Things like that do nothing to further your cause and keep people like me on the sidelines. If you let this movement seperate itself into differing groups and factions you have quite frankly become no better than our government only looking out for your personal best interests and ignoring what is good for all.
You can change the world. Believe that and don't stop until it happens. The rest of us will follow your lead but you have to give us something we can believe in.