Rebounding MoveOn’s question

by J.A. Myerson

Dear MoveOn,

While I don’t appreciate your using Occupy Wall Street to raise money for yourself, I do appreciate your statement that “MoveOn stands in solidarity with the brave protesters at Occupy Wall Street, but we’re not Occupy Wall Street and we’re not trying to become Occupy Wall Street” and I *love* your video here.

It asks a question I’ve asked many times. It comes from the old labor tune. It’s a question that affirms that there are choices to be made, implies that the choices are moral ones and demands that people make them: Which side are you on?

Well, let’s split that proposition. MoveOn has essentially been the activist wing of the Democratic Party, going as far as to have contests to generate ads for Barack Obama. The Washington Post reports that “Obama has brought in more money from employees of banks, hedge funds and other financial service companies than all of the GOP candidates combined” and, of course, the President’s chief-of-staff is former JP Morgan Chase & Co. executive Bill Daley.

So when it comes to campaign time and Obama pays lip service to the 99% while he stands with the 1% behind closed doors, which side, MoveOn, will you be on?