The ascendant Occupy Wall Street movement is enjoying that special honeymoon that comes between tapping into wildly felt angst and spelling out specific plans to relieve it.

The ascendant Occupy Wall Street movement is enjoying that special honeymoon that comes between tapping into wildly felt angst and spelling out specific plans to relieve it.


It's still a largely amorphous endeavor that targets what it sees as greed and abuse of power, whether it be in the form of donkey, elephant, bull or bear.


It remains to be seen whether it can coalesce into a group capable of making a difference or will remain one that is simply capable of making noise, but do not discount the value of making noise. When voters raise a fuss in sufficient numbers, politicians tend to respond.


The protests, which have spread to cities across the country, have been described as the liberal flip side of the tea party movement. The tea partiers also started with a vague message of discontent with big government and calls for constitutional fealty. Soon Republican politicians started coming to them with their promises to turn that vision into reality.


"We lean left, but there have been tea party people stopping by here who have said, 'Hey, we like what you're doing,"' said Jason Potteiger, a media volunteer for Occupy Boston.


Those who have watched Ken Burns' excellent new documentary on Prohibition were reminded of how small groups of women praying in front of saloons sparked change that ended up rewriting our Constitution.


At the very least, the occupiers have channeled growing frustrations over the economy into action. There's cathartic value in that alone.


But if the message of the protesters in city parks resonate with voters across the nation, this movement has great potential to have an impact on upcoming elections and national economic policy. It would be a mistake to dismiss or ignore it.


-- MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, Mass.