So, now we have the Occupy Wall Street. Here in Sacramento.
I think grass roots movements are just the best. Unfortunately, they generally are pretty much useless from a practical point of view.
Many years I got involved in a grass roots movement that swept California. We had protests which were ignored. We signed petitions, which were ignored. We even got an initiative on the ballot, which passed by a 2 to 1 margin. i.e., two thirds of the voters who actually voted voted FOR the initiative.
It passed... then was scrapped by the California Legislature, because they just knew better than we did, what we ACTUALLY wanted.
Sound familiar? It should, that's business as usual here in the People's Republic of California.
One pleasant exception seems to be the Tea Party movement. From the way the mainstream media and the politicos vilify it daily, it is apparently gathering momentum.
They wouldn't be running scared if it weren't appearing viable to them. The buzz words of racist, fascist, Nazi, anarchist are all being thrown at the Tea Party movement, apparently to which ones will stick long enough to trip them up.
Occupy Wall Street seemed to be following the same route, but then the media, the non-mainstream media, started doing live interviews with those people.
Talk about disjointed, incoherent anti-capitalist rhetoric.
I was VERY disappointed. Somebody apparently went to a lot of trouble to motivate these groups, because I don't think the ones I saw on the news could occupy a bathroom stall without assistance.
Now the protest in Oakland is turning violent. As has the one in Sacramento. Protestors have been assaulted, mugged, arrested in violation of their Constitutional right to Free Speech.
More later. Rx