Michael Moore was on Countdown With Keith Olbermann where he expressed the belief that the Occupy Wall Street protest is going to grow, and he encouraged the American people to take it nationwide.
Here is the video:
Keith Olbermann asked Moore about Occupy Wall Street and he said,
I can’t speak for why the networks have not covered this. This is really the very first down on Wall Street in the financial district the very first attempt since the crash of 08 to take a real stand, and it’s been powerful, and I gotta believe that even though it may only number in the hundreds right now, this is going to grow, not only on Wall Street, but in communities all over America.
And I would encourage people watching this show to think about, okay you can’t make it to New York City, but there’s a branch of Chase Bank in your town. There’s a branch of Bank Of America, and there’s nothing preventing you from organizing a demonstration outside that branch with signs, with possibly even civil disobedience to make your voices heard. They think they’re going to get away with this. These people stole the pension funds of the American public. Who stole their money, who stole the future of our kids and grandkids. They’re kleptomaniacs, and they think they are going to get away with it. They have taken our democracy and formed it into a kleptocracy, and if we don’t stand up. If we don’t have our voices heard, believe me they’re not done yet.
There’s a reason why corporate America and I think you’ve pointed this out before, they’re holding two trillion dollars of cash in their bank accounts. They’ve never done this before, never held on to that much. They’ve taken that money out of circulation, and they’re waiting. They know the other shoe is going to drop. As Mayor Bloomberg said last week, he said they’re going to be riots in the streets. If we don’t provide jobs right away, there are going to be riots. This is Mayor Bloomberg the billionaire talking. This isn’t Michael Moore saying this; this is Mayor Bloomberg saying this. They know, and the smart rich know they can only build the gates so high, and sooner or later history proves that people when they’ve had enough they aren’t going to take it anymore, and much better to deal with it nonviolently now through the political system than what could possibly happen in the future, which nobody wants to see.
Moore’s point was that protests like Occupy Wall Street are only going to grow and become more commonplace as the rich continue to trample all over the poor. Moore has floated the idea of smaller local protests before, and it is still a good one. He is right. People will only put up with so much before they snap.
The Republicans and the rich know that the eruption is coming, which is why you see them trying to disenfranchise many of the same people that they have already economically violated. I think that we are a long way from violence occurring, but things are heating up. It is only a matter of time until no amount of gates and fences will be able to protect the rulers of this new Gilded Age.
Occupy Wall Street is the first protest of its kind, but you can be sure that it won’t be the last.