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Conservatives Launch “53 Percent” Website

The “53 Percent” website, created by Erick Erickson and Mike Wilson, is supposed to be a rebuttal to the Occupy Wall Street protest’s “We are the 99 Percent” blog:

Both sites feature webcam photos of people holding up signs inscribed with their own personal financial sob stories. But while the original seems to communicate a sense of hopelessness and anger directed at the rich and powerful, the 53 percenters — named after the percentage of Americans that pay income taxes — are comprised of, “Those of us who pay for those of you who whine about all of that… or that… or whatever.”

I can see where Erickson and Wilson were going with this. While the 99 Percent website is filled with self-pitying mopers, the “53 Percent” blog is filled with people who have either overcome difficult challenges in their lives or just generally take a more optimistic view of their current obstacles.

At the same time, it always seems a bit pointless when political activists launch takeoffs on opposing movements (remember the Coffee Party?).

The “53 Percent” campaign also assumes the “99 Percent” blog needs a rebuttal. I’m not so sure it does. Who actually reads it, except for the Occupy Wall Street protesters who post on it, and the people who are just there to make fun of it? Most Americans probably don’t have the time or the desire to pore over other peoples’ mundane complaints, which is why the site hasn’t caught on with the general public.


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