Occupy Wall Street’s opposing expression of the disparity between the wealthy and the poor may have begun in good faith by utilizing the Freedom of Speech and General Assembly amendment rights, but the strategies some of the protestors have demonstrated are resulting in adverse reactions against themselves. The Occupy Wall Street movement will assuredly cost affected cities in the double digits of millions of dollars. Increases in payroll, overtime, and business expenses will inadvertently backfire and increase layoffs. The burden the protestors physically place on a city is weighing down an already financially stressed situation. The mass of people and their tent lifestyle is causing a drain on city finances, and alas, the money is coming out of allocations for those divisions of the city workforce, for which, the people pay with taxes.
Of course, the conglomeration of protestors is a show of an unguided cast of actors role-playing in a chaotic enactment before a society of varying opinions, beliefs and values. The income of the 1% elite in 2009 based on adjusted gross income was at 348,000. One wonders how many demonstrating protestors have a family member in the elite 1% percent.
Some of the self-defeating actions the protestors have brought upon themselves are taunting police in spatial boundary invasions resulting in forcible removal and police self-protection use of pepper-spraying. During a sit-in protest at one college, which appeared to be a group of peaceful students, a police officer sweepingly sprayed the sitting students. They had been repeatedly warned to leave by orders of the chancellor of the college. This is an act of unnecessary aggression and maybe the simplest thing would have been to call the parents of the students. Amazing what effect parents can have. Even if the student is over 18 years old, a parent is an effective persuader. Forcible removals implemented by the police-obedient to direct orders from officials, are based upon laws of that particular state. Freedom of speech does not mean planting yourself as a seed upon the lawns of a privately owned land, as has been the case for forcible removal of undeterred protestors camped out on privately owned Zuccotti Park. The park protestor’s research must have been poorly done. Most recently, the United Nations has stepped in to say that the United States government is mistreating demonstrators by removing them from protest areas. Incredibly, the happenstance of an event is inviting unsolicited comments from allies in other countries.
The concerns of the majority Americans have no immediate solution as the answer lies in the separated divisions in government. Political stances of Democrat, Republican and Liberal views about Occupy Wall Street have separate and distinct ideals. But, one unified front from all three is that the movement has gotten out-of-hand; caught between the...