I did start this thread and the date this was written really was the ultimate turning point in my thinking and commitment to seeing change would come
to the nation I love so dearly. So a quick update here would seem to be appropriate.
I was able to spend about a week in Occupy St Louis as a resident and volunteer around the camp. It was an incredible learning experience and by being
a natural conservative as I am, a very enlightening time as well. Being accepted into camp with no hesitation by anyone, as I did nothing to hide my
conservative feelings from the first day is also something that was a surprise.
I've seen several posts saying Occupy is all liberal/progressive. Well, that is true, to a point. What that leaves out is that Liberal/Progressives
are only part of the population in the camps and among the part timers that come down after work or on weekends. There are libertarians, some
anarchists, socialists and yes, good red blooded conservatives. I actually discovered I wasn't alone there, and the surprises just kept on coming.
The fact is, I couldn't have learned half of what I did any way BUT going down personally and putting time in to help and support a cause I've come
to believe deeply in since the Boston raid. I would strongly recommend anyone, of EITHER political side, just wander down to an Occupy site or the
general assembly meeting of a city Occupy that only come out part time as a group. (Not ALL are actually camping a location.......something I rarely
ever see mentioned by those so against OWS.)
The camps and meetings are entirely open and the people don't bite, really. I wouldn't necessarily recommend going down late at night if nothing
special is happening, given where many Occupy camps are located. Just a fact of life on that one in many cases......
Anyway, I wasn't there as a blogger... I was there as a protester and volunteer so personal type specifics are something I leave entirely alone but I
got to know some really great people and hope to see this effort grow and eventually see serious success. Having said that, there are a great many
misconceptions and just careless disinformation being thrown around the net and media compared to anything I was involved with in Occupy St Louis or
have seen by watching LiveStreams around the world.
If things are disorganized, it's because a large % of the people who are turning out for these are first timers to anything like this. I know I am
and I sure wasn't alone. The learning curve is exponential though and the progress in just the last 10 days is really something to watch.
The important thing is, the movement has real Heart, good people committing themselves to it and good old fashioned American ingenuity. Problems are
getting fixed and the long term winter occupation is being prepared. This will be interesting to watch as the American version of what we've watched
in peaceful form in other nations progresses here.