As the Occupy movement frays and fades into well-earned obscurity, expect the media to still try and prop up the largely discredited movement with absurd stories that the displaced anarchists are somehow still going strong. Case in point, this silly article in the Boston Globe chronicling the adventures of tiny groups of true believers who really think they matter.
Moreover, the abbey wants Massachusetts residents who supported Occupy Boston to put tents on their front lawns as a symbol, said founding director Lewis Randa.
“The goal is to have as many tents in front yards as the number of tents that have come down’’ in Dewey Square, Randa said. “A reminder of this important movement.’’
Suburban activists stress, though, that Occupy’s message goes beyond camping out. Organizers in Needham, Natick, Newton, and Lexington say the eviction of Boston’s protesters may come as a kind of bittersweet boon, a reenergizing moment for the out-of-city Occupy.
Oh, sure, that’ll go over well in suburbia, seeing tents popping up on front lawns. Look, you idiots, it’s over. MoveOn with your pathetic little lives and get back to working on Obama’s re-election. This particular phase of his re-election hasn’t quite worked out, despite all the media’s attempts to prop you up.
“What we’ll miss is the intense public focus that came with the media attention on the tents,’’ said Harmony Wu, one of the organizers of both Occupy Needham and Occupy the Burbs, a loose-knit coalition of Occupy groups in the region.
“One benefit, though, is that we’ll have more time to focus on electoral pieces, staying focused and organized in the future to effect political change.’’
This is how they think. Beaten down and in ruins, they still talk tough. Yeah, we just lost badly, but there’s a benefit to it!
They’re delusional and cannot be reasoned with. All you can do is point at them and laugh.
On Monday evening, 15 protesters gathered in front of a Bank of America branch in Newton Centre, holding signs and waving at the rush-hour traffic as they have since early October. Cars honked their horns in support, with some drivers holding up their fists to show solidarity, as the sign-holders waved in reply.
The group included Margaret Zaleski, a retired judge who said she frequently took food to the Boston encampment. Zaleski, who said she saw firsthand the cost of economic inequality in her Boston courtroom, thinks the Occupy movement will continue to grow. “We are everywhere,’’ she said. “The ideas are there, the issues are there, and people feel the issues.’’
No, you’re not everywhere. In fact, you’re hardly anywhere. Fifteen protesters and you’re everywhere?
Is it just me or are these people like those Japanese soldiers that used to be found on remote Pacific islands years after World War II? They still believed in the cause, but just had no idea the fight was over.
“In some ways it’s a great turn of events,’’ said the 52-year-old Crocker, an engineer and graphic designer. “The Boston encampment ended in a reasonably peaceful way. Some people are referring to it, now, as ‘on to phase two.’ I do know that we’ve been meeting all along, talking, figuring out how to spread the message more, how to bring to it even more clarity.’’
Again, here’s another guy who just cannot cope with reality. “In some way it’s a great turn of events.”
Um, no, it’s not. You want clarity? Put down the crack pipe.
J.J. Krawczyk, 51, an organizer with Occupy Lexington, said that local issues, such as the campaign for a property tax increase for school building projects, have pushed Occupy organizing to the back burner. The events of last Saturday will change that, he said.
“The clearing of Dewey Square is something to pivot on and I’m getting a local e-mail group together, finally, to generate some discussion,’’ Krawczyk said.
Wow, an e-mail group! That’s some pioneering activism there, J.J. Maybe soon they’ll even get a Twitter account and then they’ll be unstoppable!