I have to say that I am a huge, huge huge fan of the “Occupy Something” movement. As a history buff and a firm believer that most other folks don’t pay enough attention to history, this saga has played out before, many times. And that is great news for America.
In brief, the average person values stability and order. The amazing thing about the American experiment is in the balance between ultimate liberty (which is oftentimes called anarchy) and ultimate authority (which is oftentimes called dictatorship). As anarchy by an activist subset grows, the calls for stability & order grow amongst the vast majority of people.
The Tea Party movement is a protest movement of people who want government back under control, but believe in law and order. Hence the peaceful, clean, orderly rallies. The “Occupy Something” movement is a revisitation of the aggrieved left. They are not very good at peaceful, clean & orderly.
Revisit 1968. Did Humphrey win? Or did Nixon? Granted, Nixon led us to Carter, but for other reasons than protests. I’m a huge, huge, huge fan of “Occupy Something”…