One of the biggest problems the #Occupy mobs have had from the outset is PR. A lot of the average folk tend to see them as slightly loony and dangerous thugs with no coherent message, out to get their way no matter who says or does what.
This is probably because a significant number of them are at least slightly loony and dangerous thugs with no coherent message, out to get their way no matter who says or does what. But despite that little handicap, they’ve done their level best (with the able assistance of the media, the unions, and the Democratic Party — but I repeat myself) to project a positive message.
In the last couple of days, though, they’ve had even more handicaps. And even the best spinmeisters would be seriously challenged to manage these.
In New York, they turned their ire away from just Wall Street and turned on other targets. In this case, they leveled their righteous wrath on a truly worthy target — elementary school children. But not just any children; these kids go to an elite prep school right near Wall Street, so they’re part of the 1% too, the children of privilege, so that makes it all right.
Now, is this the way all the #Occupy folks feel? Do they all share these beliefs? Of course not.
But it’s worth noting that a lot of people, in both cases, went along with the actions of the few. And damned few actively opposed them. There were no cries of “leave them kids alone!” in New York, or boos and catcalls and denunciations at the respect for the White House shooter.
As the left likes to say in other contexts, “silence equals consent.” They went along with it, so they own it.
Remember, this is the crowd that has the blessing of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, countless other Democrats, and many Democrat-supporting groups like unions and “social justice” nuts. So until they do something to repudiate their earlier support, this is on them.
Hope they enjoy it.