D.C. Protesters See Democrat Party As Possible Corrupting Influence

October 10, 2011 - 4:04 PM

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At Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 7, 2011 onlookers mix with the small crowd of demonstrators at the site. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) - Protest organizers in Washington, D.C., wants their group to distance itself from both political parties.

“We want to be independent of the two parties," said Kevin Zeese, who leads the D.C. version of the "Occupy wall Street" protests that have spread across the country.

"We see [Democrats] as actually something that could corrupt this movement. If they co-opted this movement, that would be like what the Republicans did to the Tea Party.

“We don’t want to see that happen,” he added.

In interview with CNSNews.com, Zeese also said the liberal "Rebuild the Dream" movement is “the wrong approach” because its main mission is to elect more Democrats.

Rebuild the Dream (the American dream of home ownership, jobs, etc.) is led by Van Jones, the Obama administration's former green jobs czar who resigned after his controversial views on the 9/11 attacks came to light.  He reportedly signed a petition in 2004 questioning whether the Bush administration allowed the attacks to happen as a pretext for war.

Jones recently praised the protesters.

“Help the Occupy Wall Street movement,” he told a crowd at the liberal Center for American Progress last Friday.

“When people speak truth to power, that takes courage,” Jones said. “I admire these young people so much.”

“People say, ‘What the heck, these young people, I can’t understand their messaging. Look, they may not have message clarity yet. [But] they have moral clarity.  And that’s something. That’s something in this world.”

The D.C. protesters' agenda is not the same as Van Jones's. The protesters say they will "nonviolently resist the corporate machine to demand that our resources are invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation." 

They complain that "rich people are taxed less than poor people, wars rage on, 65% of discretionary spending goes into the war machine, our social safety net is being shredded, and our environment is being destroyed."