Reading the left punditry’s comments on the Occupy Wall Street crowd you would think these are folks just down on their luck, joining in the democratic process and pretty much calling for the same agenda the leftist pundits have been. But this is projection, and distortion, of the highest order.
The reality of the OWS is not pretty. The Manhattan neighbors (hardly part of the right-wing conspiracy) are irate:
Infuriated lower Manhattan residents went ballistic on Zuccotti Park protesters at a chaotic Community Board 1 meeting tonight while blasting politicians for allowing the siege to continue without any end in sight.
“They are defecating on our doorsteps,” fumed Catherine Hughes, a member of Community Board 1 and a stay at home mom who has the misfortune of living one block from the chaos. “A lot of people are very frustrated. A lot of people are concerned about the safety of our kids.”
Fed up homeowners said that they’ve been subjected to insults and harassment as they trek to their jobs each morning. “The protesters taunt people who are on their way to work,” said James Fernandez, 51, whose apartment overlooks the park.
The drum-beating squatters are also battling one another, as the New York magazine (no conservative outlet) describes:
As the protest has grown, some of the occupiers have spontaneously taken charge on projects large and small. But many of the people in Zuccotti Park aren’t taking direction well, leading to a tense Thursday of political disagreements, the occasional shouting match, and at least one fistfight.
It began, as it so often does, with a drum circle. The ten-hour groove marathons weren’t sitting well with the neighborhood’s community board, the ironically situated High School of Economics and Finance that sits on the corner of Zuccotti Park, or many of the sleep-deprived protesters. . . .
“They’re imposing a structure on the natural flow of music,” said Seth Harper, an 18-year-old from Georgia. “The GA decided to do it ... they suppressed people’s opinions. I wanted to do introduce a different proposal, but a big black organizer chick with an Afro said I couldn’t.”
Not exactly the model of citizen-reformers the left-leaning blogosphere has in mind, is it?
To say that “people agree” with OWS is a farce. OWS doesn’t know what it believes, has no agenda and is hardly fielding candidates to enact their non-agenda. How can one “agree” with that? As in so many things, the left-leaning blogosphere substitutes poll reading for common sense.
Given the amorphous, unchanneled contempt of OWS for civility, hygiene and public property, it’s shocking, actually, that Democratic politicians should be showing such affection for the crowd that has become a blight on neighborhoods around the country. At some point the residents who are harassed, inconvenienced and taxed (to pay for security and cleanup) will begin to wonder why Democrats are showing sympathy for this crowd.
Maybe the president and some of the liberal politicians should go down to one of these enclaves, take a look at the filthy encampments and talk to a few residents in the neighborhood. Then they might think twice about embracing a mob that is hostile not only to their fellow citizens but also to the American political process.