I just received your mass e-mail invitation to join MoveOn's mass rally at Chase HQ tomorrow. It does not offer any particular reason as to why this rally is being held, state any particular goal or objective, or spell out exactly, other than merely holding the rally itself, just what you expect to result as a consequence of holding it. By the way, I won't be attending.
I understand and even agree with some of the arguments being made about the unreasonable and unfair amount of control and influence the financial community has over our elected officials. I share your umbrage with respect to the exclusion of significant swaths of America from the highest levels of wealth in this country. I am unhappy with the inequity of the tax structure in the United States, and would like to see corporations and wealthy people who can afford it pay more, rather than balancing the solution to our country's financial problems on the backs of those who can least afford to pay for it. Not all of my friends agree with me. We all agree, however, that these are complex issues. Just so you know, I fully support the right to assemble and the right of free speech, in case you were wondering.
HOWEVER, the specific occupation of Zuccotti Park or any other single venue is NOT and should not be the focal issue or goal of your movement. Beyond a certain point, continuing to occupy Zuccotti just for the sake of continuing to occupy it probably defeats achievement of the true goals you may be setting for yourselves, which are as yet, by the way, somewhat unclear. Those objectives and goals should be clarified and publicized in a succinct way, rather than allowing the media to portray this as becoming an issue of "us vs. the establishment" or defining your goal as "being allowed to remain in this one, particular park."
Secondly, whatever issues you may have with Chase, and I don't have an agenda here either way, Chase is the one "big" bank that did NOT screw over the American people by either withering on the vine or sucking taxpayer dollars out of the treasury, never to be seen again. I'm not defending them, and I certainly understand that some of the ways in which they've conducted themselves as a company are objectionable to you and others. Probably to me, too. But that's life, up to a point.
PLEASE FOCUS FOR A MINUTE. There are many other banks, insurance companies and investment banks that disappeared altogether, and cost a lot of people a lot of money, or are weak, and dragging the economy down in one way or another, even as I type this. There are entire industries, and companies, that have bled jobs, and labor unions, majestic as their lofty goals may at one time have been, who have themselves contributed to the loss of jobs.
As banks go, JP Morgan Chase has been a relatively well-managed institution, and has done comparatively little damage to the American economy in terms of financial losses and thus far, even job losses, when placed in the context of many others in its industry peer group or other industries.
So, before you go around try to whip people into a frenzy and creating a media spectacle by inviting mobs to demonstrate at Chase's headquarters this Saturday, make sure you know why you're singling Chase out for your event, when you haven't even identified, in your email invitation, any further justification for doing so except saying that "we saw what happens when hundreds of thousands of us mobilize." Well, there's a real live rationale if I ever saw one!! I don't think so.
And then what? What are you trying to accomplish, specifically, by mobilizing at Chase, and why? Just because they're big and still standing? Not a good enough reason. In fact, to some extent, thank goodness they are. If you can't answer those questions convincingly, clearly, and simply by cogently explaining to people like me, in a few easily understood words, exactly WHY you are choosing to demonstrate, SPECIFICALLY why at Chase, and what result you hope to achieve by doing so, then you probably shouldn't be doing it at all.
Making noise isn't going to get you where you want to go. Making sense, on the other hand, might. You're not making sense on this one.