There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear, but we may, at long last, be seeing the rise of a popular movement that, unlike the Tea Party, is angry at the right people.
It is, therefore, a testament to the passion of those involved that the protests not only continued but grew, eventually becoming too big to ignore. With unions and a growing number of Democrats now expressing at least qualified support for the protesters, Occupy Wall Street is starting to look like an important event that might even eventually be seen as a turning point.
-- New York Times visionary Paul Krugman --
Ah, yes. A popular movement on the rise. A turning point.
How does that saying go that hippies seemed to enjoy spouting back in the 60's? What if they gave a war and nobody showed up?
Well, what if that rising popular movement of the disgruntled "99%" gave a march on Washington and nobody showed up?
This, from the Associated Press, goes out to Mr. Krugman:
Several hundred protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement converged on the West Lawn of the Capitol Tuesday to decry the influence of corporate money in politics and voice myriad other grievances."The largest national gathering ..." I've seen bigger crowds standing in line at McDonald's.
Organizers had touted the rally, known as Occupy Congress, as the largest national gathering of Occupy protesters to date and secured a permit that would have allowed up to 10,000 people to participate. By mid-afternoon, the protest appeared to have fallen far short of those goals.
CBS News has the amusing video:
The jewel in the crown: At about the 2:20 mark in the video some fat revolutionary climbs a tree - reason unknown but to God - with the small crowd of beanbrains below chanting "protect the tree!" Protection from what isn't exactly clear. Having "protected" the tree, he then came down. And they all went home.