November 15, 2011
So what's the deal with the Occupy Wall Street folks? I mean, what is it going to take for them to go home and take a bath?
Frankly, is anybody really sure precisely what the message is they are trying to get across? I'm all for freedom of assembly and freedom of speech and expression. But as this movement goes on and on in New York and extends outward into other areas, more and more instances of violence are being reported. It started out, if I recall, as an anti-capitalism demonstration. Listening to a lot of the people who were interviewed as to why they were there and what they were trying to say further convinced me that a very large percentage of the protestors had little idea of what they were talking about. But in this country that is not a crime and some of it I suppose could be chalked up to youthful rebellion and the zeal that goes with sticking to the man…Though I frankly suspect there are probably more sinister forces at work behind this movement.
Regardless, when it starts turning violent—as it has in a number of instances—we move from the freedoms guaranteed by our constitution and into the area of anarchy. When anarchy has its way you get the kind of out of control mob violence we have seen in Europe—particularly Greece and Italy.
Regardless of the point being made…Once a movement turns to violence in a free society it loses its credibility…and protection under law. The Occupy movement needs realize that freedom carries with it enormous responsibility. Something many of them seem to know little about.