…because ultimately these folks give word to the issues better then I could. Links and more of my thoughts after the jump.
In a nutshell, tea party protests have been known for being lawful and civilized, occupy movement has been confrontational with police and starting to become known for vandalism.
It’s worth nothing that Adam Kokesh is currently at risk of losing his job at RT over his views.
Part of the growing evidence that there is big money from organized movements keeping the protesters afloat, raising legitimate questions about the proposed grass roots nature of the protesters.
Speaks for itself.
“So the “actual goals” — presumably, something along the lines of a better world for everyone — should divert us from noticing the actual effects people are actually causing? Imagine that as a general principle: We should to back off from criticizing people who have good intentions, even when they adopt means that cause collateral damage, even when those means aren’t likely to get us to the pretty goalsthey have in mind.” Ann Althouse quote from the piece.
My comments? Any movement seeking national attention like this needs to be ready to face the gauntlet of media and citizen speculation. Lord knows the tea party has – remember all the trumped up pictures of misspelled signs and blasting of people with obama = hitler signs? (oh wait, that was a leftist group. OOPS.) In the age of the internet, transparency is king, and when this movement claims to be spontaneous and grass roots and at the same time is amazingly well coordinated and uniform in it’s people’s assemblies structure and in its ability to feed and water hundreds of people in several cities, they have some questions to answer. That kind of round the clock support of people is hardly cheap.
It’s so expensive in fact, a major backer of the movement early on was offering to pay people to protest, with their website now scrubbed of the evidence. One could argue there is nothing wrong with this, it could just be a reality of modern protesting – but my major beef is that these sorts of questions and concerns are being ignored or side stepped by the protesters. Instead of addressing these questions, they counter with attacks of their own or use cut and run debate tactics. Not exactly the mark of a movement that is pure and supposedly has nothing to hide.
Time for some research of your own kiddos! Remember how I mentioned a large presence of Occupy Everything signs at Occupy San Diego? (If you doubt me, see my photodump. They’re there) Go look at their website. Go on, take a good hard look, and kindly share your thoughts! I don’t filter my comments, folks. If you want to try to defend these people, go for it. All I ask is that you be polite.