With the movement spreading it gets more and more interesting.
As someone with an interest in history, I’m aware that it’s way too soon to attach any great significance to the Occupy Wall Street movement, but I can say that, historically speaking, it’s about time.
The other movement, the so-called Tea Party, bears little resemblance to the spirit of Boston and in my opinion many of those folks would find themselves siding with George III against the struggle for independence. I’ve been saying all along that the Tea Party has it backwards; they should be protesting those in power, not aiding and abetting them. Why no truly popular movement?
As I said, it’s about time.
And so, with the movement coming to Our Town (or at least nearby to it) it’s about time I put up a few posts in recognition of the phenomenon, in hope that it truly develops into a peaceful and productive effort.
The protests have already arrived in Portland, and Bangor, and coming soon to neighboring Bar Harbor, Maine. Not sayin’ I endorse too much too soon, but the demonstration begins Saturday, October 15, noon, Village Green.
Keep it civilized.
I won’t celebrate the cause too much in these posts because it’s quite possible in these early days (if it survives at all) that it may deteriorate into something ugly. Think French Revolution, for all good intentions. Think Russian Revolution. But I do celebrate the First Amendment, and so far the protestors have furthered that cause.
And so I’ll put up a few vignettes—mostly cartoon, or music, maybe a few current event pieces ripped off an unsuspecting internet—trying to put the movement into perspective. I have already scheduled five to post in the next few days, and time will tell if it deserves any more.