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While the 10th Commandment may be the last commandment of the Decalogue, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods" is still a commandment. As such, the message and methods of the Occupy Wall Street movement should be an anathema to both Christians and Jews.
Jackson Browne is hardly alone in seizing the opportunity that lies in Occupation. The Occupy Wall Street movement, a font of outrage and resistance against big business, commercialism and the wealthy, has nearly from the beginning managed to attract elements of all those things.
Earlier this month, the left-wing magazine the Nation highlighted Joe Therrien as a symbol of the Occupy Wall Street movement. A New York City public-school drama teacher, Mr. Therrien was frustrated with the shortcomings of the school system. So he quit his job and "set off to the University of Connecticut to get a Master of Fine Arts degree in his passion - puppetry." Three years and $35,000 in student-loan debt later, Mr. Therrien returned home, only to find he couldn't land a full-time job. Apparently, a master's in puppetry doesn't provide the competitive edge in the marketplace he'd hoped for.
Well, that didn't take long. Early in October, staffers from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History went through the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York's Zucotti Park collecting hand-made posters and other material to build up a record of the embryonic movement in case the protesters end up in the history books — and not just in jail for unlawful assembly and messing up public spaces.
A re Democrats about to buy a political pig in a poke? When it comes to the Oc- cupy Wall Street movement, some appear to be leaning that way. Aside from pro- found substantive differences with the conservative Tea Party, there also are ones entailing great political risk. When the Occupy Wall Street movement began recently, it must have seemed only fair to Democrats that a break finally was coming their way. Little has gone right for them since they seized Washington's big prizes in 2008. The economy remains poor, the federal deficit historically high, and their signature accomplishment, health care reform, remains unpopular. They suffered deep losses in the 2010 elections, and their candidate, who won with the largest popular-vote percentage of any Democrat since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, has approval ratings in the low 40s.
A rally is planned at the University of California, Davis to express outrage over the police pepper-spraying of peaceful anti-Wall Street protesters that was captured on video.
With the Tea Party, the issues were clear. Government was too big, taxed too much and needed to rein in its out-of-control spending. Its message was a clarion call for limited government coupled with fiscal responsibility.
The Republican Party and the tea party seemed to be a natural political pairing. But what may have seemed like another politically beneficial alliance — Democrats and Occupy Wall Street — hasn't happened.
Labor's alliance with the fledgling Occupy Wall Street movement takes another step Thursday as the two groups join in pro-jobs rallies. It's a courtship that is simultaneously understandable, risky and perhaps a little disappointing.