OUR VIEW: Occupy protests growing tiresomeA Mitchell resident last month visited Washington, D.C. Along with various trips to monuments and other typical sites, his agenda included a side trip to see the Occupy Wall Street protest that has been ongoing in that city, north of the White House.
A Mitchell resident last month visited Washington, D.C. Along with various trips to monuments and other typical sites, his agenda included a side trip to see the Occupy Wall Street protest that has been ongoing in that city, north of the White House.
After all, these protests are historic, he figured, and he wanted to see for himself the goings-on at an event of nationwide interest.
When he arrived, the young Mitchell resident found protesters playing Frisbee and the childhood game Red Rover.
No, we are not kidding. This is a true story, and it’s just another reason we have little patience for the Occupy movement, which swept through America this fall and has seemingly reignited in full force in places like Oakland, Calif.
The thousands who have taken part in Occupy Wall Street rallies don’t seem to have an agenda, nor do they seem to have much of a point. They are damaging public and private property and interfering with business.
By most reports, the movement is intended to promote awareness to the fact that only a few in America control this nation’s wealth. As we asked in this space a few months back: We need nationwide protests to tell us that?
It seemed that the protests were finally dying out, thanks to efforts by cities across the nation to send the protesters home. Saturday, however, turbulent protests flared up in Oakland, where more than 400 were arrested after acts of violence and vandalism.
Protesters said Oakland police tactics were illegal and some are threatening to sue. They make these claims despite Associated Press reports of intentional fires and photos that show rally members spray-painting graffiti on businesses.
We have said it before: We are not against protests, provided they are peaceful, avoid damaging property and business and have distinct goals. After a while, though, it’s time for the protesters to go home and play Red Rover on their own property.
Occupy Wall Street has grown tiresome and the movement is costing taxpayers money as cities clean up human waste, businesses make repairs and police officers log overtime.
And when we hear that Occupy protesters are spending the bulk of their time playing Frisbee and other childish games, it has to make us wonder if the protesters really deserve attention in the first place.