Occupy Wall Street: Seattle Style

I’ve often referred to the Occupy crowd as a bunch of stinky hippies.  Not really ’cause I think that they are hippies or even stink; mostly because I’m a hippie of sorts and I enjoy poking fun at myself.  But I do think the movement is largely made up of folks who find themselves in a condition that is largely of their own doing.  And then they’re mad at that condition.

I stumbled across this video from Seattle where a gaggle of the gentle Occupy movement took over a house that was under renovation and made it their own.  And by “made it their own” I mean they destroyed it.  To the point that the city began to cite the real owner and he had to call in the SWAT team to remove them.

These people and this movement are not serious.  They are not concerned about making positive change in society or creating opportunities that would better allow decent hardworking people to better themselves.  Rather, these people are interested in forwarding an agenda that allows them to live off the labor of others while they recline in ease and contemplate life.

10 responses to “Occupy Wall Street: Seattle Style

  1. I suspect with those people who winter through in parks you get more of the extremist crowd than the larger movements last fall or likely to be drawn out next summer. However, if you look into the movement itself, I think it is serious and driven by a real dissatisfaction with how wealth empowers a few and lack of wealth constrains many more in this country. Anyone can cherry pick in a movement this large (especially, as I noted, the hardcores), but I think the movement is legitimate, real, and will actually expand and be a major force next summer. I also know of a lot of people (mostly employed, many students who are excellent workers and certain to succeed) who are active in the movement and already planning for next year. I could cherry pick them and say they are indicative of the movement, but any movement this large has a diverse following.

    Moreover, I think this kind of movement is only beginning globally. I don’t think it’s going to ultimately be either left or right but a kind of rejection of the politics and economics of old. I don’t think it’ll be either capitalist or socialist, but more about local empowerment and demands for transparency from both government and the private sector. Time will tell.

    • However, if you look into the movement itself, I think it is serious and driven by a real dissatisfaction with how wealth empowers a few and lack of wealth constrains many more in this country.

      I know you do. And to be somewhat fair, I know reasonable people in the movement too; however, the Occupy crowd isn’t nearly as mainstream as the Tea Party crowd.

      The Tea Party would obtain permits, show up on time, leave on time, clean up and had an agenda. These people are on the fringe of society. Anywhere you look you can find this element in Occupy.

      I also know of a lot of people (mostly employed, many students who are excellent workers and certain to succeed) who are active in the movement and already planning for next year.

      It is my fervent hope that those people grow up! 😉

      Moreover, I think this kind of movement is only beginning globally.

      Well, the Lefty crowds of France and Greece already act like this….

  2. I was done with any sort of hope or appreciation for these idiots long ago.

    Curious how many of the “sane” and “responsible” people within this so-called movement’s ranks will show up and put this guy’s house back in order, or whether the movement as a whole will take some money out of its $500k panhandling fund and reimburse him for some of the damages like they did the storefronts or the hotdog vendors (oh wait, they didn’t).

    Anyone actually normal with this movement should have separated and rebranded themselves ages ago. It shouldn’t take 10 iterations and 10 years of something so simple for people to get their act together when a bunch of geriatrics in the Tea Party were able to do it in a matter of a few months.

    • I was done with any sort of hope or appreciation for these idiots long ago.

      Yup.

      Anyone actually normal with this movement should have separated and rebranded themselves ages ago.

      There actually are things that we need to get done; shortcomings that need to be addressed. But these guys are just letting themselves get pulled along by their hair.

  3. This is what you get when you demonize wealth . No respect for property rights . Just like how they have trashed almost every place they have occupied . How can they be a legitimate movement, when this is their method ? The people who trashed the house in the video are not a small fringe part of OWS. They are a representative sample . I love how the apologists go back to their class warfare to justify vandalism .

    • This is what you get when you demonize wealth . No respect for property rights .

      There’s a difference between demonizing people who break the law to get where they are and then demonizing hard working folks who sacrifice a great deal of their life to get where they are.

      The people who trashed the house in the video are not a small fringe part of OWS. They are a representative sample .

      I agree that they are not a small fringe element; this population is bigger than people know.

      • “I agree that they are not a small fringe element; this population is bigger than people know”
        I think they know, they just don’t want to admit it for fear that the mass public will throw their so-called “cause” out with the bathwater.

        And ironically, they ARE throwing out the bathwater – it’s not even a cliche! They obviously don’t bathe, and they stink!

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