How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests

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    How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests



    And here's one more thing I was wrong about: I originally was very uncomfortable with the way the protesters were focusing on the NYPD as symbols of the system. After all, I thought, these are just working-class guys from the Bronx and Staten Island who have never seen the inside of a Wall Street investment firm, much less had anything to do with the corruption of our financial system.

    But I was wrong. The police in their own way are symbols of the problem. All over the country, thousands of armed cops have been deployed to stand around and surveil and even assault the polite crowds of Occupy protesters. This deployment of law-enforcement resources already dwarfs the amount of money and manpower that the government "committed" to fighting crime and corruption during the financial crisis. One OWS protester steps in the wrong place, and she immediately has police roping her off like wayward cattle. But in the skyscrapers above the protests, anything goes.

    This is a profound statement about who law enforcement works for in this country. What happened on Wall Street over the past decade was an unparalleled crime wave. Yet at most, maybe 1,500 federal agents were policing that beat – and that little group of financial cops barely made any cases at all. Yet when thousands of ordinary people hit the streets with the express purpose of obeying the law and demonstrating their patriotism through peaceful protest, the police response is immediate and massive. There have already been hundreds of arrests, which is hundreds more than we ever saw during the years when Wall Street bankers were stealing billions of dollars from retirees and mutual-fund holders and carpenters unions through the mass sales of fraudulent mortgage-backed securities.

    It's not that the cops outside the protests are doing wrong, per se, by patrolling the parks and sidewalks. It's that they should be somewhere else. They should be heading up into those skyscrapers and going through the file cabinets to figure out who stole what, and from whom. They should be helping people get their money back. Instead, they're out on the street, helping the Blankfeins of the world avoid having to answer to the people they ripped off.
     
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    Fuck OWS.

    They are a national embarrassment and a disgrace. Their criminal occupation of lower Manhattan is a low point in New York City history.

    I miss Rudy
     
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    I can't love those who are pigs and can't protest peacefully in a free nation.
     
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    Liberals condone shitting on the American Flag. How interesting!
     
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    Profound is not applicable to OWS. Uncouth, disorganized, lame-brained, paid protesters are far from being profound.

    Let the police to enforce the laws that the OWS vermin ignore. Leave investigations into white collar crimes to the DA.

    I do not doubt that you OWS sympathizers fail to understand the Constitution.

    Liberalism is a fucking mental disorder.
     
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    Yeah, I wouldn't want to be around them with the rapes, murders, disease and so on.
     
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