I am sick to death of the Occupy Oakland Protests. It is causing so many problems for the city, and also for the small business owners there. There has been vandalism, and urinating in the streets. There have been people having sex in public, and people throwing things at police officers. They have camped out in the middle of the square, and it is an ugly nuisance. How is this ever going to end peacefully?
My liberal friends are so proud that film maker Michael Moore came recently to cheer on the protesters. I have a very low opinion of him because of the mis-truths and half- truths he has perpetuated in his films. But I bite my tongue when they tell me how excited they are that he came.
But let me get to the core of my issue with the Occupy movement. For a long time I have been patiently listening to my liberal friends complain about the Tea Party Movement. They have ranted about how they believe they have inappropriate intentions. But let's look carefully at the difference between the Tea Party, and the Occupy protesters. The Tea Party carefully organized their protests. They actually have a core leadership, and they paid $10,000 for permits to protest in Oakland. They had a set time frame for their protests, and went home when the time was up. They were peaceful, and not disrespectful to the nearby businesses. They did not leave trash, and graffitti, and feces on the streets.
The Occupy movement has no real leadership. It's just a bunch of people who all want to get in on the action. They have no clear goal for how or when this will end. How will they make the decision to go home? Are they waiting until some bank hands over millions of dollars? Because they are dreaming if they think that is going to happen. Are they waiting until the economy is fixed? Because they could be waiting many, many years, and maybe forever.
The Occupy Protesters have attacked police, then cried foul when police reacted violently. They especially make a big notice of any veterans that have been beaten, or hurt during the conflict with police. But what are the police supposed to do? Should they allow the protesters to throw bottles at them and hurt them?
My other observation is that many of the people involved in the protests aren't really there because of the Occupy movement at all. They are there to "take down the man", and to get in on the excitement. One of my facebook acquaintances has been getting involved in the riots, and actually was beaten by police. He got two black eyes, and bruised wrists. And guess what, I can't help but wonder what he was doing there in the first place! His mission has been to get video proof that the police are abusive. What does that have to do with the Occupy movement? Just like him, there are many "fringe" protesters who really aren't there for the same reason that the protest was started.
I was listening to a guest on a news program who made the comment that the liberal media jumped to film the one or two racist signs that were carried by tea party members, making it appear that all tea party members were racist. But they ignore the damage done by the Occupy movement. The funny thing is that a liberal friend of mine insists that all the media is right wing controlled.
I'm very angry at Mayor Quan for not stepping up and ending this. She has spoken out about how it is wrong, but she hasn't asked them to leave. It's not like she can talk to their leaders, because there don't seem to be any. She hasn't required them to have any permits, and has allowed them to occupy the city square for weeks! The Tea Party movement is asking for a refund of their permit money. Mayor Quan needs to step up and find a solution to end this. It is her responsibility. If it takes bringing in the National Guard, then so be it! We believe in free speech, but we don't believe in allowing people to deface public property, and attack our civil servants.
Thank you for letting me vent. Maybe now I can ignore the comments, pictures, and videos on facebook....