Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a few days, Uncas.
There is nothing wrong with anyone being in favor of a peaceful protest movement. Protest movements have helped shape our country, from the original tea party, to suffragettes, the civil rights movements and so on. When the government shows that it is not going to pay attention to it's citizens, protest marches can make the difference.
In order for these movements to be right and effective, I think three points must be followed. First, it must be peaceful and not infringe on the rights of others. Second, it must have a goal. It needs to be able to state what it is protesting and how the protestors want to change things. Third, it must be aimed at the right target. If you are protesting the high cost of hamburgers, you don't protest Lord & Taylor's.
I don't see where the occupiers meet any of these three points. There have been almost 1000 arrested on various charges, they have taken over private property, and shown utter disregard for rights of others.
What are they protesting? Depends who you ask. Take your pick....government bailouts, unemployment, Wall Street bonuses, elimination of all personal debt, free college education, guaranteed jobs....the list goes on and on. Do they offer any solutions for the things they are protesting against? No, they just carry "Down with Capitalism" signs and shake their fists.
Third, what are they doing at Wall Street? What has the stock market done? They didn't bail out anyone. Washington did. They gave out big bonuses? So...? Obama has blasted Wall Street while taking their money. He doesn't speak in specifics. He speaks to inflame the masses. When asked by a reporter why some of the Wall Street bigwigs weren't in jail, Obama was forced to explain that the reason was that they hadn't done anything to break the law. Well, then!! If they haven't broken the law, whose fault is it? Obama went on to say that, well, they hadn't broken the law but the things they did just weren't right. Excuse me? That was Obama that said that???? Well, perhaps we need Morality Police with arrest powers. Corporations have done exactly whatthe government has allowed them to do, by the law. Ron mentioned in an earlier thread that it was an American's right and duty to take advantage of all deductions afforded and use them to his best advantage. Well, that's what businesses do. If the president doesn't think that's right, then change the laws, remove the loopholes. DOn't blame the corporations for doing what they are supposed to be doing. The problem is with the administration, not the corporations. The protestors should have one target.....Washington D.C. They should be protesting the White House and Congress. Through careful manipulation by Obama, with help from the left-wing media, he has shifted the blame from where it belongs to corporate America.....and the occupiers are too dumb to see how they are being manipulated. They are too busy protesting....