This morning I decided to take some of my free time and went down to the ‘Occupy’ in my town. There I was skepticism in hand and pessimism of the
people participating. For weeks the Occupy Wall Street movement has been growing, now it is not only in New York City but all across America and
spreading across the world. Can you believe that Americans started protesting then people around the world took notice?
Anyway as I ventured into the crowd of differing faces something struck me immediately. There were no drum circle hippies, tie dye pot hits, barefoot
guitarists, face painting stands, orgies, or even any real hostility between participants. As I wandered through the crowd I listened to the chatter
of college kids about the high cost of tuition or to my satisfaction, Ron Paul and ending the Fed, to talk of the two party duopoly and its control
over us all. I did not see these numerous hippies that were told to me on the news, there were no people waving socialist flags/banners, none of this
was there. Sure there were a few people talking about bringing down capitalism but it was not like they dominated the crowd.
There was a nice older man there in a wheel chair that asked what brought me to the protest, I told him that I was skeptical of OWS and just wanted to
see exactly what goes on at one of the protests. He told me that there was nothing left for him just sitting at home, the government has repeatedly
denied him Social Security Disability even after the documentation by his doctor of his serious seizure problems (forgot the name of the
disease/disorder). At the same time he said that his neighbor is receiving government assistance but is perfectly healthy, the man just complains
about his knee, anxiety, and anger issues.
A few other people talked briefly to me but I left the protest about two hours after visiting. I left embarrassed and rather ashamed, to be honest.
All this time I had been calling them welfare-addicts, hand-out lovers, lazy bums, socialist/communists, and all the names under the rainbow. But when
I left it gave me an entirely new opinion of them. Sure there are a few nuts there, aren’t there nuts everywhere? Point is the crowd was
overwhelmingly civil and while most were left-oriented there was still a large segment who was End the Fed types.
My conservative friends do not listen to what they say on TV or in conservative online media both mainstream and alternative. The protesters, at least
the ones in my city, were very much different from what I had expected and what the conservative news outlets had said. Just as you would tell a
liberal to visit a Tea Party rally to understand who they are and what they believe, you should do the same with OWS.
This does not mean that I am entirely a OWS backer, rather now I do not have a negative view of the movement, but am still very conservative and not
exactly a protest type of person. Some in the crowd still deserve criticism because they are a bit excessive but the media intentionally picks these
people and pretends like they represent everyone there. It reminds me of how the media jumped on any ignorant Tea Party protesters waving a sign with
misspelled letters and tried to act like that is what the Tea Party was made up of. Neither is true, do not trust that media
. If they show an
interview of a OWS’er turn off the TV, it is not worth rotting your brain with.
edit on 10/15/2011 by Misoir because: (no reason given)