One resident summed it up perfectly: “This is about the law. They have been given a waiver for too long.” Indeed so, and they are reveling in it. Channeling John Adams, he made the compelling case that whether or not our elected representatives empathize with OWS is wholly irrelevant in a nation of laws and not men. “In this country, we do not get to pick and choose when and where the law is enforced,” he said.
Previously, at any mention of the First Amendment, OWS’s opponents would scatter. Yesterday evening, the issue was discussed seriously. There is no right of “occupation” included in the Bill of Rights, nor does a desire to protest accord a right to take over private property, or disregard the laws of the land. They couldn’t march into Barnes & Noble and take it over for a month with impunity. At the October 20 community-board meeting, the city’s elected representatives were blindly fawning over Occupy Wall Street’s claims to be exercising their rights. Now there is talk also of responsibilities, and it is very much welcome.
....The rebels have lost their enablers.
One wonders how this group of urban sophisticates will react to the 2012 campaign. Will they vote for Barack Obama, whom supports this hostile rebel encampment in their front yard, and only promises more of the same? Or will the vote for a Republican, who hopefully will make the return of the rule of law one of the cornerstones of his campaign?
Zuccotti Park: This is what liberalism looks like!
OWS is on the verge of becoming the equal of the Great British Riots of 2011 (which I predicted would come to our shores, but not until 2012), and Republicans will tie the Democrats and the president to their outspoken support of the movement. And those who were hurt by the "occupation" will take note.
Do I think massive Tea Parties will break out in Manhattan? Nah, although it is fun to watch the liberal diehards of Downtown rediscover their Constitutional heritage, albeit painfully.
But I do think this further hurts Obama's chances for re-election in 2012, and makes it easier for Republicans to complete a three-branch sweep. If places like New York and New Jersey start to show tight polls - and I can guarantee you they will in New Jersey - Obama will be forced to spend campaign resources defending territory he should have well in hand, as opposed to attempting to make gains in swing states or making inroads into Republican territory.
And this will happen. Pollsters will tell you that in the end, folks always come home to their party- but after four years of living under Absolute Liberalism, enough of them might have had their fill.
We might not have to have Ronald Reagan on the ticket to win in a 1980-type landslide after all - as long as we make it clear we are running against the Occupy movement, and its enablers...