Save 75% - Only $49.99 for 1 full year! digitalPLUS subscription offer ends 12/1
NewsOpinionReaders Respond

Occupy detractors must feel threatened

Same-Sex MarriageRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has certainly written quite a flamboyant article regarding the Occupy movement ("Occupy movement got America wrong," Sept. 23). In it, he states a disconnect between them and the so-called "middle class," a catch-all term he uses to project his own identity. Most notably, at no point in the article does he refute anything that the Occupy movement stands for. Since he cannot refute their goals, he must resort to character assassination and manipulative language instead.

The entire psychology of the article is obvious. Throughout history, any attempt to address social inequality of any sort is met with strong backlash. Those used to lots of power are not likely to give it up easily. What was once a luxury becomes a necessity. As feminism, civil rights, and gay rights became more mainstream they faced similar problems. Sexism, racism, and homophobia became more vocal — most recently by the backlash against Maryland's allowing of same-sex marriage. It's clear that Mr. Ehrlich feels personally threatened by Occupy's presence.

This letter won't stop him nor other people from attempting to discredit the movement. The same arguments will be trotted out, attacking perhaps the fact that the movement's goals at this point are abstract rather than concrete, framing the movement by the most extreme parts of the group, or claiming that their goals are anti-American. These tactics are meant to push hot buttons rather than provide for any logical discussion. However, those attempts unwittingly vindicate Occupy's cause. Such responses betray a simple notion, that those in power feel threatened and they will attempt to hold on at all costs.

Dylan Greene, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
Same-Sex MarriageRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.
  • Ehrlich rants an embarrassment
    Ehrlich rants an embarrassment

    Not quite 10 years ago when I moved to Baltimore from a D.C. suburb, I made the decision to switch from The Washington Post to The Baltimore Sun for my daily news read. Ever since, I have had the paper delivered to my home on a daily basis. Even as it has gone down hill in content over that...

  • Ehrlich mistaken on tax burden
    Ehrlich mistaken on tax burden

    Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. does not look at the big picture. Is this because he is not interested in giving a fair presentation? In his most recent column (tax bill for government at all levels.

  • American values under Obama
    American values under Obama

    Two columns ago, I passed on a series of political observations from the heartland. Today, a snapshot of American values and viewpoints a decade and a half into the "new" millennium.

  • What Obama should have said
    What Obama should have said

    Here is what President Barack Obama should have said when he addressed the American people after his party's massive losses in Tuesday's election:

  • Obamacare is a 'varsity stinker'
    Obamacare is a 'varsity stinker'

    OK, I can't help myself. Over the past three years, I have written at least a dozen columns critical of Obamacare (a.k.a. The "Affordable Care Act") in this space and devoted an entire chapter to the topic in my book "America: Hope for Change."

  • Hillary all over again
    Hillary all over again

    With the exception of President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton is the most recognized American politician of this era. Today, she is far and away the Democratic front runner for president. Many believe she is the odds on favorite to win it all — a view supported by a variety of public...

  • Middle class value claims are a 'joke' [Commentary]
    Middle class value claims are a 'joke' [Commentary]

    It's the political season, which explains another column of "Things That Bug Me." Herewith my latest list for your consideration:

  • Respect the power of the pardon [Commentary]
    Respect the power of the pardon [Commentary]

    "[O]ne man appears to be a more eligible dispenser of the mercy of government, than a body of men."

Comments
Loading