I’m noticing signs of “Occupy” ennui. Even those who were enthusiastic about the movement at first seem to be getting bored. On the “real me” facebook, there’s been (at a guess) a 75% drop-off in posts from limousine liberals applauding the 1%.
Was it the endless, self-serving demands that the government write off student loans, meaning that the yuppified liberals I know would bear the burden? Was it the escalating number of rapes? Was it the rampant drug use? The feces and vomit? The crazy people? The riots? The hundreds of thousands, and even millions, of dollars in law enforcement overtime, all of which the limousine liberals will ultimately fund? The formerly supportive local businesses that have been trashed or simply destroyed economically? The short attention span that characterizes the American people? I don’t know the reason, but I’m getting the feeling that Occupy is wearing out its welcome.
I’ll certainly be sorry to see Occupy go. I love the way Occupy exposes people to the core selfishness of the Left. It’s the Left that has, for years — nay, decades — characterized conservatives as greedy, selfish, racist, violent, etc. The implication, of course, is that Leftists are the poster children of altruism, selflessness, brotherhood and peace. It’s been truly inspiring to see the demands for a free ride, the segregation at Occupy encampments, the riots, and so forth. Few things are more pleasant than seeing a Fifth Column unmasked.
I’m also enjoying what I perceive as the ripple effect. For example, CrossFit OneWorld is a fitness blog. Its readership doesn’t go there for politics, it goes there to learn how to maximize strength, stamina and overall fitness. (All of which are very good things.) Three days ago, though, the readership got an insight into the glories of Occupy Oakland, because one of the regular bloggers got the opportunity to play backup to Oakland law enforcement as it confronted the product-toting young’uns protesting violently against commercialism. By way of apologizing for missing out on an exercise update, this same blogger explained to his presumably apolitical readers precisely what kind of foolishness prevented him from getting on with his life. It’s this kind of trickle-down information, from ordinary people inconvenienced by or exposed to Occupy, that’s going to make disinterested Americans aware of the real ugliness behind the Occupy movement.
One more thing, which is a kind of Darwinian one that makes me look like a nihilistic b***h, but I’ll say it anyway: I don’t feel compassion for these young people. Yes, they are certainly misguided and it’s our obeisance to Leftist culture over the past 40 years that has created all these little Frankstein’s monsters. But knowing that there are root causes, or even feeling somewhat responsible for the root causes, doesn’t mean that we can allow the fruit of the poisonous tree to lie on the ground, spreading the rot ever further.
If you ever watch WWII documentaries, what you’ll see is that, by the end of the war, whether on the Western or Eastern fronts, the Germans were throwing 16 and 17 year old boys into the front lines. Had today’s Leftists been in charge of the War back then, they would have called an immediate ceasefire, since these youthful products of more than a decade of Nazi indoctrination knew not what they did. Of course, had that happened, those youthful Nazi enthusiasts would have claimed victory, and gone on their merry way, enslaving and slaughtering ever larger numbers of innocents. The tragic fact is that, when a culture becomes completely corrupted, there is no more room for compassion. Compassion is for the time after victory. You cannot let it prevent you from achieving victory.