Never been the protesting type. It is not a political or cause thing, it is just a DNA thing I guess. The courage of the Civil Rights marchers, of those in Tiananmen Square, and all who have stood up when they knew what was coming has always been inspiring to me on a very core level. The courage, conviction and committment of those who literally toe the line without a means of self-defense regardless of the cause amazes me. Then there are the classic “neo-pro” protester – they crack me up.
As an unabased fan of irony and hypocrisy, the entire Occupy Wall Street “movement” has left me smiling more than once over the last month. From the never-ending stream of “wealthy but acceptable” entertainers whom the protestors embrace, to the willingness to heckle and interrupt the very solidly middle class who are just trying to go about their lives, there has been a steady stream of ironic moments that have come out over the last several months. However, the latest story just made my morning.
Reading in today’s NY Post about the latest bit of reality to settle on Zuccotti Park is priceless…the opening paragraph is brilliant:
The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday — because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.
Seriously – the entire “movement” about the “other 99%” does not like to be mooched off of and taken advantage of – hilarious. All day they squawk about equality and redistribution, about deserving more, about giving to those less fortunate, and above all about taking from the “wealthy”, yet now they are upset about feeding the “professional homeless” and “ex-cons”. Thanks for making my day – they irony and hypocrisy is absolutely amazing.
Again, it is not a political issue, it is a credibility issue. You want an example of conviction and committment, of someone who did not differentiate who would or would not get fed…
Tank man, whomever he is, or rather was, was no hypocrite.