I just finished a post I started this afternoon. I had to wait until I got the family fed, the lawn watered, the driveway power washed, the grass sprinkled and the kids to bed. Finally, I had to watch the NASCAR race.
NOW I can read some.
And I found this:
RALEIGH — Early on, Occupy Raleigh had the look and feel of a 1960s peace rally, with songs by Pete Seeger, Gil Scot Heron and John Lennon blaring from loudspeakers. A crowd that resembled a family gathering streamed from the old State Capitol grounds and onto Fayetteville Street….
That is exactly as I said it was: A festival. But then….
But by late afternoon Saturday, after most of the crowd had dispersed, about 200 protestors debated whether to stay overnight in the park, like their counterparts in New York and other cities, and risk arrest. After nightfall, police arrested 19 people and charged them with second-degree trespassing.
What the hell is the point of THAT!?!?
They got attention. They got respect. They got press. What in the world is the point in getting arrested?
They are adolescent children.
It was a great protest and I want to be the first to say THANK YOU to the 20 brave people who stayed at the Occupy site and gave us the additional media attention we need by getting ARRESTED tonight. As Dr. King taught us, civil disobedience will often involve being willing to offer up our wrists to the police. Gandhi also said non-violent civil disobedience is the backbone of any serious movement intent upon real change; and if I were younger and healthier I would have been happy to stand beside these heroic young citizens and go peacefully to jail. To the RALEIGH 20: I will be honored to march along side you at our next rally!
Nice. They praise it.
And as long as they do that for people doing that; they’ll never be taken serious again.