As I was driving to church Sunday morning, I noticed the Occupy Wall Street protesters out again for a second week on the southwest corner of Manatee Avenue and 43rd Street. On the southeast corner of 43rd street, however, were protesters’ cars -- parked in the Bank of America parking lot!
Now I suppose they could have parked at Jessie P. Miller Elementary School a little further away and therefore would have maintained the integrity of their anti-greed values, but that wouldn’t have been as convenient.
While I believe that people need to obey the law when they earn money, you cannot restrict the pursuit of earning money, as that is oppressive and counter to every human’s desire to better their lives. That pursuit of profit is what gave them such a nicely paved parking lot.
However, wealthy or powerful the “1 percent” may be, there aren’t enough of them to vote someone into office. That is the beauty of a representative republic.
The tea party disrupted very little and to this day have had no arrests that I’m aware of because they directed their battle to the voting booth. Why is this approach not good enough for Occupy Wall Street? Probably because it involves trust in the slow, sticky process our founding fathers put in place to prevent mobs from ruling the little guy.
Maybe Occupy Wall Street should spend less time disrupting the public and more time trusting the voters.