Former New York Governor David Paterson appeared on “Real Time With Bill Maher” last night and he explained why he doesn’t think Occupy Wall Street should be easily dismissed.
Mr. Paterson made his comments about Occupy Wall Street when the show’s panelists discussed issues with the movement including its lack of a spokesperson and an incident where Occupy LA prevented a local farmer’s market from doing business. Mr. Paterson acknowledged problems with Occupy protests in various cities, but explained why he thinks the movement may still be able to make a difference:
“There are a lot of criticisms of Occupy LA, Occupy Wall Street. They may not really have leaders, they may not really understand the relationship they have to have with the same community that they’re trying to represent, the reason that I think this is happening is that nobody has protested anything in this country for 30 years, so the problem is … that we forgot how to do it. Let’s just remember there was a ragtag protest that started at my alma mater, Columbia university, in the mid-60′s, within a year it forced the President of the united states not to run for re-election because of the opposition nationally to the Vietnam War. So, the style may not be perfected, but the substance is there, the complaints are real and I wouldn’t be surprised if it isn’t the beginning of a new movement.”
Mr. Paterson has clearly become more bullish about the movement since he visited the Occupy Wall Street protests in late September. At the time, he expressed some optimism about the fact “young people are organizing themselves ,” but also said, “they’re still at a point where they are conferencing and organizing exactly what their point of view is, so it’s hard for me to talk about that.”