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.
While there may be a few "Marxists" and "radicals" at Zuccotti and other sites, you don't have to hang around long to sense that many are middle-class people who think they are getting a raw deal and fear for their future.