Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: militant or miserable

A few days ago I walked around the concrete park in Lower Manhattan that is home to Occupy Wall Street protestors.  I strolled around the periphery of the little encampment  - along with the other “politico tourists.”  There was the first aid station and the maintenance corner.  A few artists were making signs and t-shirts.  A dozen or so were dancing a jig around a small band of musicians and others had already bedded down for the night.  I found the latter ironic given that it was around 9:00 pm and Wall Street analysts and investment bankers were just starting their so-called second shift that extends into the wee hours of the morning.

The police in New York and other cities with similar protest groups have reacted to their presence with considerable force  -  at least in numbers.  NYPD had an armed presence at every side of the park. 

Frankly, Occupy Wall Street looks more like a bunch of people who have no where else to go than a protest.  I wondered where the militancy had gone, or if there ever really was any.  It occurred to me that most of them would throw down their protest signs with the first job offer.

Personally, I think we need a good rumble.  Certainly I am not advocating that we hoist any heads on a pike.  However, our economy and our community need fixing. Politicians are not going to do anything meaningful.  Someone has to step up and address rising unemployment, dwindling middle-class income, chronic poverty.  Misery too can have power and Occupy Wall Street seems to have plenty of it.

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