Saving the world, one spiral at a time.
Because sanitation matters.
After inventing a time machine in 1969, this man was relieved to find himself at Woodstock West.
If there is one element that united the protesters, it was their love of marijuana. The plethora of drug use cannot be overstated. The stench hung heavy in the air. The signs proclaimed support for free marijuana usage.
The real agenda of the OLA movement.
Talking and toking.
It wasn’t all fun and games at OLA, however. There was a silent undercurrent of violence to the proceedings, despite the organizers’ best attempts to stifle it. Suggestions of cannibalizing “the rich” and “bankers” and overthrowing the U.S. government in favor of Marxist thuggery abounded.
Anarchism, brought to you by corporate sponsor Coleman tents (see the label in the corner).
Communist themes abounded throughout the grounds.
The green-red axis unites – vegetarians, anti-Israel and anti-American rhetoricians, and communists.
Playing “Where’s Che?”
A couple informed me that “my country” – I was wearing a yarmulke, so they were referring to Israel, of course – was killing people. When I asked what Israel had to do with the Occupy movement, they told me that the banks pay for Israeli aggression. When I asked for evidence both that Israel was aggressive and that any of the banks in question directly fund the Israeli military, they were bewildered. They also told me that the military budget was destroying the U.S. economy. When I informed them that the vast majority of the U.S. budget goes to entitlement programs and other forms of domestic spending, they asked me to leave.
The most articulate fellow I interviewed was a Pacific Coast University law student named Colin. Colin had the good of the country at heart. He was there, unsurprisingly, with the approval of his professor. He was accompanied by a hippie-looking fellow with a beard, a tie-dyed shirt, and a knit cap. Together, they told me that they thought there were many things wrong with the country – and that if I didn’t get it, it wasn’t worth discussing. When I told them that I agreed that there was much wrong with the country, and asked what their agenda was, they had no direct answer. “Do you have three hours?” Colin asked, laughing. I told them that many had criticized the Occupy movement for lack of coherence. That, said Colin, was its strength – they wanted a thousand flowers to bloom. They wanted to create a “safe space for conversation.”
This was all rather vague. I asked how they proposed to solve their problems with the country. When they didn’t answer, I prodded, “You sit here all day in the park, and that’s supposed to solve America’s problems?”
To which Colin answered, “I’m not just sitting here all day in the park. This is the hardest I’ve ever worked in my entire life.”
I didn’t doubt it. That, I thought to myself, is the problem with the country. We need less community organizers and more people who actually work for a living.
This about sums up the Occupy movement:
Sound and fury signifying nothing.
There are no solutions here. There is only pointless angst and rage. Nobody in the Occupy movement has a real plan. They are focused instead on creating “safe spaces” and occupying – which itself is merely taking up space. There are elements of the Occupy agenda that are not half-baked – corporatism has destroyed our economy, our government has become unaccountable to its voters, and the state now dominates the individual. But the Occupy movement is so incoherent that they cannot even settle on a singular message. Instead, like the adolescents they are, they rage against the machine without doing anything to fix it.
They do, however, have one very good point, summed up by this sign on Temple:
The hippie generation’s children are finally getting their chance to shine, and they’re putting those hundred-thousand-dollar educations to good use in the process. Their parents should be proud of the spawn of decay they’ve loosed upon the United States.
At the end of the day, I went to pick up my wife. She passed her citizenship test. One more vote for an America worth saving. We’ll need a lot more of them to defeat the muddled thinking of the Occupy movement and its more nefarious backers.
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