Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has certainly written quite a flamboyant article regarding the Occupy movement ("Occupy movement got America wrong," Sept. 23). In it, he states a disconnect between them and the so-called "middle class," a catch-all term he uses to project his own identity. Most notably, at no point in the article does he refute anything that the Occupy movement stands for. Since he cannot refute their goals, he must resort to character assassination and manipulative language instead.
The entire psychology of the article is obvious. Throughout history, any attempt to address social inequality of any sort is met with strong backlash. Those used to lots of power are not likely to give it up easily. What was once a luxury becomes a necessity. As feminism, civil rights, and gay rights became more mainstream they faced similar problems. Sexism, racism, and homophobia became more vocal — most recently by the backlash against Maryland's allowing of same-sex marriage. It's clear that Mr. Ehrlich feels personally threatened by Occupy's presence.