Sure, Americans are sympathetic to the idea that the nexus of Wall Street and Washington are partly to blame for the nation’s rising misery index as claimed by the Occupy Wall Street protests.
But the Tea Party claimed as much first, and in my opinion, much more effectively than OWS.
In part, this is because the Tea Party has always aimed at party-like activities, like victory in elections or on legislative issues, while the Occupy movement is interested in the extra-legal occupation of other people’s property and persons.
Both visions reflect in my opinion, the competing visions of where each movement stands in regards to the Constitution and how it operates in the US.
Accordingly, the trend for the Tea Party is continued victory at the polls, but for the Occupy movement the party is now officially over, if indeed it ever aimed to be a party in the first place.
For the Democrats, who have given encouragement to the Occupy movement, the stakes are grave.
The progressive party of the left, which already seems out of touch with the regular, everyday aspirations of the American people- who, after all, just want the opportunity to succeed- has moved even farther to the left in the wake of the Occupy movement.
And Americans aren’t suckers.
They love free speech, but they have little respect or patience for lawlessness. They have patience for dissent, but not for dissent that aims at taking by force what can not be legitimately gained at the polls.
The Occupy movement isn’t fury so much as a fit by the left for what the American people refuse to grant the protestors- electoral victory.
Getting past the anarchy element of OWS, the movement is in fact an attempt to hold the progressives’ breath until America starts electing the kind of candidates that have been roundly defeated since Obama’s election.
And two events over the weekend have gone a long way towards killing the tentative goodwill Americans had for the growing number of shanty towns that have come to symbolize the unwashed Occupy.
In Oakland, the Occupy movement lit fires in the street and police had to deploy tear gas and flash-bang grenades to disperse crowds after protestors closed down one of the nation’s busiest ports for five hours.