As readers of Right Turn may have gathered, I am in San Francisco for a couple of days. Yesterday, the big news in town was the potential police raid on the San Francisco version of Occupy Wall Street. Alas, the indulgent city (which refuses to keep the streets clean under normal circumstances) called off its predawn police raid today. Here’s a little local color:
Weary protesters who stayed awake all night at the Occupy SF camp in Justin Herman Plaza are still on guard after an anticipated police raid failed to materialize overnight.
After staging several buses, officers and departments, San Francisco police called off the raid shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday. . . .
Dancing, chanting and singing around several hundred tents, the Occupy movement was still vibrant around 3:30 a.m. in the city known for protests. Rumors spread among the campers that scores of police officers dressed in tactical gear were preparing to arrive there in the wee hours. Some members of the movement had posted pictures online of officers boarding several city buses marked with words such as “alpha,” “bravo” and “charlie,” though it was unclear where they were headed.
Some were chanting “Peaceful power!” Another man walked by with a T-shirt emblazoned with the California state flag and a message that read, “We are Scott Olsen,” showing support for the 24-year-old Iraq War veteran hurt in an Occupy Oakland clash the night before.
Several city leaders in the left-leaning city had joined the protesters in support of keeping the campsite, but the official policy from City Hall was that they were all subject to arrest if they stayed overnight.
It seems that the police chief didn’t have the nerve to do his job. “San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr warned demonstrators in a letter Wednesday that they could face arrest for a variety of city laws against camping, cooking, urinating and littering in public parks if they continue their protest,” the San Jose Mercury News reported.
Well, at least the police state didn’t crack down on the Jeffersonian democrats the way those notorious right-wingers did in Oakland or Atlanta.
My, where is the leftist blogosphere now? Perhaps it’s simply impossible to argue with a straight face that OWS gatherings are more than a flashback (perhaps literally, for some) to the mishmash of radical anti-capitalists that were on the streets when I went to college in the early 1980s, and who then were a throwback to the glory days of anti-establishment protests of the 1960s.
That a significant segment of our punditocracy and our national leadership, including the president, could take the street circuses seriously tells us far more about the liberal pundits and pols than it does about OWS or the country at large. I mean, isn’t is time to stop taking these people seriously — the liberal pundits, I mean?