Good Tuesday morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Occupy Wall Street: Editorial
We comment on the weeks-long demonstration in Manhattan’s financial district; the Occupy Wall Street movement has spread to other American cities. We encourage protesters to make their voices heard by voting. We write:
… What the Occupy protesters — in New York, Chicago, Miami and beyond — aim to achieve is not abundantly clear. Participants take pride in being a rudderless movement, one that is without structure, leadership or clear demands. This from the “Occupy Wall Street FAQs,” in reply to a question about what protesters want: “Ugh — the zillion-dollar question. Again, the original Adbusters [a group that helped start the protest] … asked, ‘What is our one demand?’ Technically, there isn’t one yet … Instead, to begin with, they opted to make their demand the occupation itself — and the direct democracy taking place there — which in turn may or may not come up with some specific demand.”
No doubt, this is where elected officials, bank boards of directors and those K Street lobbyists go “Huh?” No voter registration drive? No yearlong pledge to “Rock the Vote!”? No promise to repeat the decisive voter turnout from 2008, when 51 percent of 18- to-19 year olds voted; the figure was just a shade above 20 percent in 2010, when the Tea Party seized center stage. Too bad. The protesters, no matter how just their complaints, miss their mark. They should be mobbing the voter registration office, speaking their minds, and more important than any YouTube dramatics, voting their self-interests.
Yonkers politics: Reisman
In today’s column, Phil Reisman examines how political parties aren’t all that consequential in Westchester and, in particular, Yonkers.