Overheard on CNN.com: What exactly do the protesters want?
Police ticketed more than 700 "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrators crossing the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday in New York.
October 3rd, 2011
07:28 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: What exactly do the protesters want?

The recent "Occupy Wall Street" protests have been a hot topic on CNN.com lately, and the stories about them have prompted a great deal of discussion among readers. Many readers engaged in very heated debates, while many others wondered what the demonstrations were really about.

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Some readers have applauded the efforts of the protesters:

carnac95 said, “I think this movement is AWESOME!  It's about time the left be heard. We are hard working Americans that believe in science, innovation, compassion and taking our country back from the far right that only want "each man for himself." We are ALL in this together!!!”

JesusLizard said, “We should all be protesting. Sick of CEOs with their $10 million golden parachutes as they leave corporations that fail to make a profit to go work for another.  Sick of the billions our government has thrown at the banksters.  And a $14 trillion debt is unacceptable! Take the protest to Washington!”

Jones3 said, “I LOVE the protesters.  This is what this Country is all about.  I applaud their courage. The nationwide protests in this Country have: given people Civil Rights, stopped the last stupid War we were pushed into (Vietnam) and caused many other good things to come.  What else can we do with such a messed up Government?”

Others have indicated uncertainty over what the protesters’ exact aims are:

goingsoon said, “What exactly is the goal of the protests?  "End corruption" is too vague.  I wonder how many of these protesters are just sitting in, getting arrested with no ability to define the outcome they seek.”

randaxe said, “I still don't understand the objectives. What do these guys want to happen? More taxes on the rich? More regulation? The purpose has to be clear enough to demand for a particular action versus just saying the economy sucks.”

One reader expressed his bewilderment with the protests, asserting that the protesters are essentially going nowhere by protesting the various issues at Wall Street:

ExLonghorn said, “This whole protest thing is baffling to me. American consumers are pushing for ever-lower prices, which push local companies out of business and which push corporations to move costs overseas.  Then everyone complains that there aren't enough jobs, and that incomes are stagnant or declining. Well, duh. That's how this whole thing works, folks. Either buy American, or get ready to compete with 2 billion people in Asia who are willing to work harder than you for a tenth of your income. If this protest is about fairness, I humbly submit to you that WASHINGTON is the place to protest."

Other readers attempted to better explain the protesters' cause:

Libertycall said, “We are for taxation fairness and financial discipline, but not while Wall Street disposes of our income and savings. It's not anarchy, strikes, disorder we're aiming for, because our economy is in a poor shape.  We want to educate people who think they do well only by comparison to starving, unemployed, and desperate. We are on a course of becoming a 2nd Greece, and we want to prevent it, while we still can.”

ddelrose said, "People are speaking up about their frustrations of living in a country that has outsourced their jobs, corporate profits being made off the backs of those that do work, affordable healthcare that is unattainable, a Wall Street that has forgotten about taking care of its investors and politicians that have sent us down the river for their own goals. It is time to speak up...and stand up to what is happening here in America. If we don't, this country will never survive."

soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Love you too.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    My lengthy postpost didn't go thru either! But it was probably my revolutionary tone & not the length that banned it! Anyway, I'm backing this protest & when it comes to ATx I'll be out there! Hey to all my blog peeps!!

    October 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. OK


    October 3, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©


    Did I miss something?
    I just meant if you were going to chop your comment into pieces, give us the head first...

    October 3, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Hey, Miss fernace.
    You go, girl!

    October 3, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Lmao @ banasy! Are u talkin bout that chronic pain in the dupa in my house? J/k hun. Actually right now i have insomnia and i hate it. Never knew how bad it could be and yea ur right the pain doesnt help, unfortunately rather the pain than paralization

    October 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    Your mom is out there, banasy! That's cool as all get out!Ps. hope you feel better!!

    October 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Chrissy, yeah, I kind of *was* talking about P.D., but also your back. When you go see your Doc, hide your relief!!!
    Insomnia stinks, I suffer from it every now and again!
    Dupa...haven't heard that one in a while, gotta put it back in my vocab!

    October 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    It was a joke...she's 83!
    She *is* there in spirit!
    And thanks for your well wishes...

    October 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fernace

    LOL!!@ banasy, JIF should give us the head first!? Hopefully not the heads on the roadside in Mexico,right!!

    October 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    *Exactly*, fernace!

    October 3, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. s kel

    CNN are being punks again.

    October 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. s kel

    I said the protesters only want those wall street...

    October 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. s kel


    October 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. s kel

    to die. Plain and simple.

    October 3, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
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