I'm so glad that officials all over the country finally got tough last night and said to the Occupy _______ (Atlanta, Wall Street, wherever) people, "Get your a**es out of our public areas and go back to work. Or school. Or wherever you came from."
I get that the protestors are fed up with the economy, big business, wealthy people, and anything else that represents The Establishment.
I too am fed up with the economy. Only I couldn't join the protestors because... I have a J-O-B.
Apparently as soon as officials indicated their tolerance was wearing thin, the crowds doubled in size. Protesting wasn't nearly as important until they found out they could protest not being allowed to protest.
I REALLY have a problem with the college students protesting the economy. It reminds me of a letter my brother wrote to our local newspaper during the Vietnam war. He wrote his letter FROM Vietnam. He said, and I paraphrase, "I'm tired of hearing about college students protesting a damn war they're not fighting anyway." I was wide-eyed and open-mouthed that he would write something for the NEWSPAPER that had the word "damn" in it. (I was about 9 years old.)
One of my co-workers said she drove through Athens (where the University of Georgia is located) one warm morning a couple of weeks ago and there were about 20 protestors camped out at the Arches. (Doesn't that border on sacrilege anyway?) Then the temperatures dropped about 30 degrees, and suddenly whatever they were protesting wasn't THAT important. Committed to their causes, those college students.
Don't get me wrong. I believe in the right to protest. I just think they should have something specific in mind they're protesting.
And they should know what it is.