Sunday, May 13, 2012

Occupy overreach update

Is this alleged Anonymous video legit?

The video seems to have greatly exaggerated what the Occupy movement and similar entities were capable of doing so far this May:
For thirty-one magical days beginning this Tuesday, May 1, we take the plunge and Strike! We block the Golden Gate Bridge; occupy a Manhattan-bound tunnel; seize the ports. In 115 cities, we march into banks, erect tents and refuse to leave. We disrupt financial institutions forcing thousands to preemptively close. Five thousand of us pray, dance, sleep on Wall Street and in front of the Fed and if the Bloombergs of the world bring out paramilitary police to intimidate us, we use our social media fire to call out 50,000 more occupiers and intimidate them right back...
May's about half over. Occupy backed out of shutting down the Golden Gate. I recall hearing rainy weather was an excuse for scaled back May Day activities in New York. Yes, I've seen reports of dozens of bank protests across the nation, but not thousands. Actual bank office closures? Likely in double digits, at best.

Now the question is: Will Occupy and other others be able to pull off the scope and scale of demonstrations they've promised during the Chicago NATO summit and outside the G-8 at Camp David?

Could be, many who watched (or even participated) in Occupy last year came to realize it was all grit, no glory; and want nothing to do with another round. People today are more interested in entertainment than they are in principle or sacrifice. Even among radicals, attention spans are short. When American capitalism didn't collapse in three weeks like Egypt's Mubarak government did, many Occupiers may have moved on.

It's a sad fact, we've become a nation where most people seem to believe professional politicians are the ones best able to handle governmental affairs, and that they do it with our best interests at heart. In the past, the left effectively used conservatives' inattention and apathy to make great gains. Now it looks like the radical left is running up against the same apathy as it tries to push its presumed allies out into the streets.

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