Hundreds of kids, retirees and union knockabouts showed up on Wall Street yesterday to celebrate a movement that is famous more for what it isn’t than what it is.
Judging by the numbers and the shrug with which Occupy Wall Street protestors were greeted on Monday, the group that claims to represent the 99 percent is suffering from a severe identity crisis.
Maybe the Guy Fawkes masks they wore were the first clue that they had no idea what or who they really were. They likely had no idea who Fawkes really was. Fawkes tried, but failed, to blow up the English Parliament.
The OWS protests petered out last year amidst disease, disagreements, crime, fist fights and the sudden realization that worldwide global warming was gonna result in a very long and very cold winter on the protest line.
Indoor plumbing, the protestors decided, was probably a great thing when temperatures dipped below freezing.
Plus, playing the bongos with cold hands in pursuit of free mortgages, free meals and free matriculation requires real dedication after all. How much dedication can you have when you aren’t willing to pay for your housing, your food or your education by the fruits of your parents’ labor?
Apparently just enough dedication to decide that skipping the anniversary date of the first Occupy protests is a great way of sticking it to the man.
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"We weren't talking about real things at that point," says Pete Dutro, a tattoo artist who used to manage Occupy's finances but became disillusioned by the infighting and walked away months ago, writes the Associated Press report titled 1 year after encampment began, Occupy in disarray. "We were talking about each other."