Democrats Seek to Own 'Occupy Wall Street' Movement

ANALYSIS By RICK KLEIN—
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With the number of people who checked in to storm Area 51 now around 2 million, we can see that the public has recognized their power to collectively organize against the government in the name of aliens. So, what's the next step? Wall Street? Tackling Trump?Nah, let's storm the Bermuda Triangle. It can't stop all of us! Because the viral energy clearly hasn't died down, we now have a bunch of parody copycat events attempting to capture the chaotic energy that made the original Area 51 event so magical. Well, until the Air Force stepped in and told us to knock it off, that is. Shoes laced up and ready to Naruto run into action, what are we supposed to do now? We need to storm something. So if you have a hankering to feel unstoppable against the hands of the government, here are some more (satirical) events to attend! We have to emphasize the satirical part. Please don't storm the IRS. There are no aliens there. Actually, don't storm anything. Stay home.  1\. Storm Loch NessImage: SCREENSHOT/FACEBOOKA spokesperson for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute told CNN, "There's really no need to 'storm' Loch Ness, given that it is open to the public 24/7, 365 days a year."  2\. Storm HarvardImage: screenshot/facebook Understandable, that acceptance rate is nuts.  3\. Storm the Bermuda TriangleImage: SCREENSHOT/FACEBOOK"After our forces recoup from 'storm Area 51,' and learn how to use the alien technologies. We will take the flying saucers and make our way to the unseen land. We can't all get lost if everyone goes!" SEE ALSO: People might actually 'Storm Area 51,' according to this awesome local news report 4\. Storm the VaticanImage: SCREENSHOT/FACEBOOK"what's the pope got to hide? what do they have to hide? is SATAIN down there in chains or are there kids? are there toilets made of Gold?"  5\. Storm Mt. Everest Image: SCREENSHOT/FACEBOOKI think John Oliver already explained best why storming the "cold peaks and yeti cheeks" of Everest is a terrible idea.  6\. Storm Area 52Image: Screenshot/facebookCome on people, are y'all serious? No originality, none of you. History buffs also joined in on adding their favorite revolutions and riotous events they would've loved to storm, given the opportunity.  7\. Storm Boston HarborImage: SCREENSHOT/FACEBOOK"The British/american government may respond harshly and the episode may escalate into a Revolution." Sounds like fun! 8\. Storm Berwick to Reclaim it for AlbaImage: SCREENSHOT/FACEBOOKAny group that's been invaded by England should get a free pass to invade England at least once. Like the event description says, "They cannae stop us all." 9\. Storm the BastilleImage: Screenshot/facebookLet's get this bread, folks.There were also the fictional locations for if you want to storm somewhere with slightly more pizazz.  10\. Storm the Jedi TempleImage: SCREENSHOT/FACEBOOKOmw to mess up some younglings.  11\. Storm the Fire Nation Image: SCREENSHOT/FACEBOOKTragic backstory not included.  12\. Storm the Brotherhood CitadelImage: screenshot/facebook"The Brotherhood Of Steel has been hiding advanced technology and secrets from us for too long!" * * *Of course, since this all started with a mysterious government base, it was only fair that it would proceed with the storming of other government facilities. While most of these were still in jest, it's hard not to pick up on the sentiment that maybe we should be using our collective powers for good and not just for memes.  13\. Storm the Federal ReserveImage: SCREENSHOT/FACEBOOKWhile the military is occupied over in Area 51, bring your pitchforks down to the Federal Reserve for some free money.  14\. Storm the White House Image: SCREENSHOT/FACEBOOKWell since it's a group, not an event, that means they'll be more organized right? Right?  15\. Overthrow the Government Image: SCREENSHOT/FACEBOOKThe boldest and most ambitious of them all. I'm sure whatever you find in there is a whole lot less interesting than an alien to take home and be your best friend. Not to be corny, but we don't have to always be breaking down walls and outrunning bullets. Our powers can be used for good! There are serious issues that deserve the same amount, if not more, of communal action we're seeing around the Area 51 memes. Volunteer in your local community! Attend a rally! And may I suggest Naruto running to an animal shelter or two and adopting one of those furry alien buddies?  WATCH: Pornhub sees spike in searches for aliens, Area 51

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Occupation can lead to ownership, whether or not you want it.

The spread of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement was met with initial hesitation in both the Democratic and Republican parties. That might be an appropriate response to any protests that aim themselves squarely at the establishment, particularly those with goals that are diverse and diffuse as the current protesters' are.

But a consensus is emerging among Democrats that the "Occupy" movement is worth tapping into, even helping along and joining with in some instances.

"I support the message to the establishment," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on ABC's "This Week." "Change has to happen. We cannot continue in a way that does not -- that is not relevant to their lives. People are angry."

To Democrats eager for a liberal antidote to the Tea Party energy that lifted Republicans to power last year, the "Occupy" rallies that started in New York last month and have spread to cities nationwide are tempting to embrace.

In their broadest focus, the protesters channel the indignation Democrats are trying to stir up in the year before the presidential election. The Obama White House is seeking to rally the public for a jobs package and deficit-reduction ideas that argue for the rich and corporate America to pay more -- goals the protesters largely share.

"The protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works," President Obama said last week when asked at a news conference about the "Occupy Wall Street" events.

It may be that occupiers wind up playing a role for the political left that tea partiers did for the right. But Republicans had one significant advantage in taking ownership of the Tea Party phenomenon: they were entirely out of power in Washington when the movement took root.

To occupiers, at least some of the blame for their perceived lack of accountability in corporate America rests with the current Democratic administration. A persistent liberal critique of Obama administration has been its coziness with Wall Street, and the lack of more drastic actions to repair the economy after eight years under George W. Bush.

In that sense, the protests may highlight divisions inside the Democratic Party even more than they motivate the party faithful.

The tea party faced major internal rifts -- including some that almost certainly cost Republicans Senate seats last year -- in its infancy. But most of those divisions have long since healed, as tea partiers work almost entirely in concert with Republicans, with the prospect of defeating Obama next year serving as a unifying influence.

The movement has some Republicans concerned -- worried enough to start swinging back.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has expressed concern about the "growing mobs" that are engaged in "the pitting of Americans against Americans."

Cantor's condemnation of members of Congress who are rooting the protesters on echoes conservative commentators who are belittling and delegitimizing the protests. "Occupy Wall Street" hasn't matched the Tea Party when it comes to numbers, or to concrete goals, though neither movement could ever boast of being monolithic.

Others have gone farther in denouncing the current round of protests. Tea Party Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., last week labeled the "Occupy" protests as an "attack upon freedom," and suggested that labor unions have hijacked the movement to boost the president's reelection prospects.

"They don't know why they're there. They're just mad," Broun said of the protesters, on ABC's "Top Line."

Anger, of course, respects no political boundaries these days. Many of the Republicans who are now critical of "Occupy" were cheering the Tea Party movement on.

Now it's Democrats who get to learn the lesson: Channeling the emotions of anger in politics is seldom as simple as it seems.