Now that many of the Occupy Wall Streets actions are now focusing upon minor law violations and confrontations with authorities that have NOTHING TO DO with the intent of the ???ORIGINAL??? Wall Street protests, here are three things that I have to say:
FIRST...all the old gray hair activists from the 1960s-1970s must feel deeply proud and now very emotionally comfortable that the OWS Movement has broken down into focusing upon events and issues that have absolutely NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MESSAGE. This is a well known process of being driven OFF MESSAGE...much like the events in LAST CENTURY when peace activities were allowed to be broken down into violence, brick throwing, fights and TV READY hassles...all in the name of PEACE! Yeah, right...
SECOND...its pretty clear to me that our distinguised "opposition"...the Rove-Koch gang...had so much success in 2010 when their "then leader" Glenn Beck pulled off a rally in WDC that tricked both Ed Schultz and Jon Stewart into having similar rallies. Schultz's rally can be remembered when he asked the unempoloyed to fly to WDC to walk in HIS march...HUHHH???...and Stewart's rally, The Rally To Save Sanity...or some stupid thing like that, actually had the left "make nice" with the Tea Party-ers...and BOTH rallies added uto helping out the following:
The lowest progressive-left-democratic mid-term voter turnout in years.
Further...the right HAD to do something because the Madison protests ended up having some success...BUT NOT because of the protests...but because of the LOCAL POLITICAL ACTIVISM that took place AFTER the political activists RETURNED HOME and got busy in ther own home towns at making political-social-economical changes.
So, what better way than to stir up the "protest only pot" with a broad brush anger-movement against the 1% in this country? And to quietly, subtly, and undetectably establish that the best way ahead was to use to "100% agreement-consensus" protocols. Self-defeating consensus protocols that were established back in the 1960s-1970s. These are naive protocols which ensured then, will ensure now, and will ensure in 2012...that the OWS organization will spin into a uselees heap of indecision and inefective political-social change as it wastes its precious and well intended humanity.
The right wing beat us many, many times before using these very tactics...hijacking the protest energies...and its on the way now to do it yet again.
So, why wouldn't the right wing subtly work behind the scenes to get the youth and others [including the gray haired "one trick ponies" from the 1960s-1970s who will foolishly insist that old failed tactics be used again in THIS CENTURY] back out into the streets a year before the 2012 election cycle? They know what the history of lefty rallies are...they come...they burn out...they waste resources...they deflate enthusiasm for change...they dissappear...and they diminish involvement in the democratic processes.
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO THE RIGHT...REDUCE ENTHUSIAM AND REDUCE VOTER TURNOUT. Game-Set-Match goes to the Rove-Koch team who most likely ginned up this latest public political activism...and left its demise to the naive-never learn anything-lefties...
This is simply another form of the tactic known as: "To beat them-JOIN THEM"...and then step back and watch the self-destruction...the self destruction that is as predictable as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. OH YEAH...don't forget to throw in some homeless, drunkards, whacked out street artists, dredges of our society, and without a doubt ANARCHISTS. This is such an OLD MOVIE...
THIRD...Its time for a deeper look at CI...Civil Informationing:modernizing public activism. This can be found all over the member blog site with a simple search...I'll save you the lengthy re-posting.
I have attended two Occupy Seattle events...one last week which was fairly well attended and was full of the SAME SPEECHES that i have heard for over 40 years now...BUT...9/11 Truth for World Peace was actually quite well received...as though the events of 9/11/2001 had nothing to do with the OWS concerns????
And the second, this past Monday where I was able to hand out a dozen copies of CI...Civil Informationing: modernizing public activism...and had several meaningful conversations with some folks there.
On Tuesday the Occupy Seattle group moved its activities from West Lake Plaza...Seattle's own "protest area"...to Seattle Central University.
Maybe somebody read about the uselessness of the "protest only" form of activism...and went back home to utilize the wisdom of CI...Civil Informationing...aka...being publically politically active ON LINE and in YOUR OWN HOME TOWN FIRST...and then gather later on in celebrations as outlined in: CI...Civil Informationing: modernizing public activism.
Apparently, law breaking, as shown as foolishness and a liability in CI...aka...breaking stupid laws is a waste of good activists time and energy. CI-ers do not want to get arrested...they want to meet-greet-chat-inform the public in public places at least once per week. Why get arrested when there is so much work to do in making changes on street corners and online all over the country?
love, peace and progress.
robin hordon of Kingston, WA