Much like the Tea Party rallies gave political cover to the right in their war against health care reform, the Occupy movement allowed President Obama to confidently make a speech about income inequality.
That the Occupiers lack leaders, legislation, and political candidates is irrelevant. What they have on their side is truth and a sense of justice. A society that cannot pay attention to those things is by definition an unjust society.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is far more popular with the public than with the media. Even before its current slide in popularity, the Tea Party was never even remotely as popular as the Occupy Wall Street movement was when it began and remains today.
The First Amendment is being stood on its head. Money speaks, and an unlimited amount of it can now be spent bribing and cajoling politicians. Yet peaceful assembly is viewed as a public nuisance and removed by force.
In the early 1960s, Marshall Ganz dropped out of Harvard to join the Civil Rights Movement. He then spent 16 years working with César Chávez. During the 2008 presidential campaign, he architected Barack Obama's organizing effort.
Using this servicemember as example, I argue that the military has been a vehicle for conservatism, even when it doesn't make sense. What this veteran doesn't understand is that Occupy Wall Street is advocating on behalf of him.