A losing battle

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They’ve lost us.

For weeks, we bent over backward to give the “Occupy” protesters the benefit of the doubt. We assumed, for argument’s sake, that they wanted to address capitalism’s excesses and the troubling imbalance in American wealth. We were with them, as far as that went. We waited for ideas and inspiration that were never forthcoming.

To even get that far, we had to overlook the kookiness at their encampments – and there’s plenty of it, from mindless chanting of speakers’ remarks, to silly hand signs that signal agreement or disagreement, to demands of free college educations, to incomprehensible recitations of their grievances, to ignorant and sophomoric pleas for socialism, or just something other than capitalism. There’s some sophisticated thinking for you!

We also turned away from the most virulent racism you’ve seen on American streets since the heyday of the Ku Klux Klan.

Weeks later, there is no coherent message. There are no discernible demands. There is no one identified in American society to make the demands to. And even if there were, and if that person could deliver the goods to the protesters, there is no one in the movement to deliver it to; in some naïve utopian child-like universe, they believe leaders aren’t necessary. So, if a CEO went down to the Occupiers and self-immolated, that might delight much of the crowd, but others would want something more.

How do they define success, and when to go home, when there’s been no goal set?

In short, to this point it may be the most ambiguous, unintelligible, ineffective protest in human history. It can’t rightfully be called a “movement,” because there is no movement. Nobody can articulate with any authority what they want, whom they want it from or how they propose to apply enough pressure to get it.

Or, again, where to deliver it when it arrives.

The last straw for us was the Oakland, Calif., violence that injured eight and saw, according to one report, “protesters vandalizing properties, lighting bonfires in the street and hurling explosives at officers.” And, of course, the growing evidence that the protesters are actually costing jobs: One café on Wall Street laid off 20 percent of its workforce after the protests cut into business.

The more peaceful portion of the Oakland protest only shut down the fifth-busiest port in America.

If the Occupiers have a point to make, they’re failing utterly – and are hurting others in the process. They have every right to protest. They have no right to damage property, assault law enforcement officers or cost innocent bystanders their jobs.

They’re losing support and taking a torch to any sympathy that remains for them.

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harley_52
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harley_52 11/05/11 - 10:33 pm
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You ain't seen nothin' yet.

You ain't seen nothin' yet. The juveniles, wannabe beatniks, and the naive college kids have by now given way to the hard core, ultra-left, anti-American labor union and other type of thugs who are organized and supported by those who want to destroy us. It will get a lot worse and a lot more violent before it's all over.

What will be interesting is how the democrat party attempts to now disown the violent mobs since they have been such strong supporters of getting the movement off the ground.

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Riverman1 11/05/11 - 10:54 pm
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It's okay....the longer they

It's okay....the longer they stay out there protesting, the more Groupons I get...capitalist and all that.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 11/05/11 - 11:09 pm
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Occupier - One who takes up

Occupier - One who takes up space

By the very definition, I'd say mission accomplished.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/06/11 - 09:13 am
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I can’t figure out if OWS

I can’t figure out if OWS having no official leadership or proclamation of goals is a deliberate strategy or evidence of incoherent muddle-headedness; maybe a little of both?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/06/11 - 09:56 am
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Bringing Jesse Jackson in was

Bringing Jesse Jackson in was a no-brainer....

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/06/11 - 10:06 am
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Losers crying once again. If
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Losers crying once again. If you're ignorant enough to go to college, borrow tuition money for an education in underwater basket weaving knowing full well that there is no market for that "disicipline", you must start washing dishes at the Waffle House and repay your student loan. Idiot.

willie7
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willie7 11/06/11 - 09:34 pm
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We better be concerned. The
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We better be concerned. The seed is being planted and it may grow to be a tree.

harley_52
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harley_52 11/06/11 - 09:59 pm
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That's the plan, willie7.

That's the plan, willie7. None of this is spontaneous and none is an accident.

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