Even though I’ve lost 90% of my confidence in the Occupy Movement, I’ve tried to shy away from outright badmouthing them.
After all, what in the hell am I doing to rescue the nation from corruption?
As a man who now has a family, I can no longer stand on the front lines and take a snifter of teargas for the greater good. I’ve done my time in that realm, but now my loyalties and concerns are far more focused on the creatures that were, mere years ago, doing the backstroke inside of my scrotum.
This being the case, I feel that I am in some debt of gratitude for the people who are sleeping in tents to call attention to some pressing problems in this nation. Even though the people out there are woefully misguided and going about things the wrong way. We were all young and stupid once, so I find myself giving the Occupy Seattle folks a pass even when it’s not clear that they deserve it.
After yesterday, however, I may have to re-assess my position.
I direct you to the following item from the SPD Blotter:
On December 2nd at approximately 5:30 p.m. officers responded to the “Occupy Seattle” camp in the 1700 block of Broadway Avenue for the report of an assault. Preliminary investigation indicates that the 42-year-old male victim was standing north of the Occupy Seattle camp holding a sign that read “Occupy Somewhere Else, Not My School”.
Three to five male suspects in their 20?s approached the victim and apparently disagreed with his sign. The suspects had dogs with them and at one point used one of the dogs to intimidate him. After some verbal jabs at the victim one of the suspects punched the victim on the side of the head. The suspects then ran off into the Occupy Seattle camp.
Responding officers conducted an area check but were unable to locate the suspects. Officers continue to actively investigate.
I cannot personally support any movement that does not allow robust dissent, for dissent is all that separates freedom from fascism. I would never support any group which would act in such a cowardly manner.
Of course, the three to five assgoblins mentioned in the blotter do not represent all of the Occupy movement, and the victim’s account may be less than accurate, but the incident is of concern.
From preventing working class folks from getting home by laying down in 4th Avenue, to vandalizing the neighborhoods in which the working class live (why not occupy Medina?), I find myself losing patience more and more with the occupiers.
If this latest incident is true, I can say unequivocally that the group has officially stopped representing my interests.