Sunday, November 6, 2011
Occupy Movement Protesters Need To Go Home
Enough is enough already. You wanted to exercise your right to free speech? You have done so. Local governments should have given your group a permit for three days or so. After that, you clean up your mess and go home. You want to come back later for another demonstration? Get another three-day permit.
The only exception is when you violate the law. Break city, county, state or federal laws, cause violence against anyone, damage any property, then you go to jail, the permit is revoked, and the demonstration is over. And that's the way it should be in a country that protects the rights of the individual, but does not permit those rights to infringe upon the rights of others.
The politicians who have given open-ended permits for these "events" have helped feed the fires of violence for reasons of political expediency and because of political cowardice. Give the anarchists, socialists, and communists enough time, and they will become the issue of any large demonstration. Then you get the broken windows, the fires, the rapes, the thefts, and all those little extras that come along with out-of-control mobs.
Remember this: At some point, someone is going to be killed by one of these punks, and the politicians who permitted or supported these seemingly endless demonstrations will share the blame with the criminal who commits such a heinous crime.
This Occupy Movement has also run some small enterprises out of business. While the local governments were playing politics with the mess, the punks and thugs were destroying the livelihoods of innocent people. In addition, the costs of these mob actions will fall on average every day taxpayers who are sick and tired of watching a bunch of hippies and bums have a party at their expense.
The Occupy Movement has burned out whatever welcome it might have had. It's time to revoke the permits and send these loudmouth fools on their way.
Enough is enough...
Charles M. Grist
Author of the award-winning book My Last War: A Vietnam Veteran's Tour in Iraq