Former Sen. Russ Feingold, founder of Progressives United, tells Keith he both supports and is excited about the Occupy protests. Feingold is calling on Democrats to not play “cautious politics” and to join the movement, saying conservatives are attempting to mock the protests because “they’re very nervous that this might work.” Feingold adds, “My sense is that there is great fear that this sweet deal that a lot of these people have in both Washington and New York … is finally being threatened and challenged.”
I love what Feingold had to say in the beginning of the interview about where he thinks the #OWS movement may eventually go:
FEINGOLD: Well, I think this can go very far and I think it will. What I like to say is by the time this thing is done, it's going to make the tea party look like... a tea party. It will be very extensive. And the reason is, the crimes against the working people in this country have mounted up and people have finally realized, they have to actually deal with it. They can't just take it.
And if obviously the Wall Street abuses keep going, the protection of the very wealthy, that they don't have to participate and have to try to deal with our deficit problem, the complete domination of the political process by unlimited, secret contributions, the shipping of our jobs overseas, the lousy trade agreements while at the same time taking away the collective bargaining rights of the public employees unions. You know, it's finally reached a point where people are saying, that's it. We are tired of being ripped off. And they're responding. And I think once that's unleashed, it keeps going.