Van Jones and Naomi Klein sat down with Chris Hayes on his Saturday program to discuss the Occupy Wall Street protests. And while it's only been in the last few days that the Villagers have been forced to acknowledge that the protesters aren't
October 9, 2011

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Van Jones and Naomi Klein sat down with Chris Hayes on his Saturday program to discuss the Occupy Wall Street protests. And while it's only been in the last few days that the Villagers have been forced to acknowledge that the protesters aren't going away; if anything, they are growing exponentially with protests rising up all over the country. And after chronicling the effect of economic inequality both here and abroad and speaking to and marching with the protesters, Jones and Klein explain how empathetic words from the Obama administration are not enough when he still populates his inner circle with the same people who were instrumental in creating the environment that we're protesting and that even if the Villagers remain willfully obtuse about the reason for the protests, the protesters have morality on their side:

But the entire political and financial elite has failed to address the misery of the country. The unopposed demolition of the middle class, the unopposed demolition of the working class, the abandonment of the poor is going on apace, meanwhile there’s food fight politics and nonsense in DC, and Wall Street is worse than ever. So I think what is going on now is the young people out there, the struggling folks out there, they may not yet have message clarity from a DC point of view, but they have moral clarity. And that moral clarity is sounding a tone that resonates with Obama’s original base and far beyond. I think you’re going to see increasingly the people who voted for Obama in 2008 supportive of and enthusiastic about what these young people are doing. I think you’re going to see the conversation open up in terms of what needs to happen in this country and I think the President has taken a more populist tone because—he’s talking different because people are walking different. And I think it shows people will lead and politicians will follow.

This is a radical notion for many: that it's up to the people to lead and the politicians will follow. We've certainly seen it on the other side of the aisle with the tea party and how many mainstream Republicans were eager to align themselves with them. This is our "Yes, We Can" moment of pushing the national conversation to the left. It's up to us to lead and make the politicians follow.

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