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Shoot the Occupy America Kids

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What they didn't do in 1968, when protests were boiling in the streets, was just shoot the damn kids, kill them until they gave up.

No one is suggesting that the Occupy America Movement, if it is a movement yet, is as rage-filled or as big as antiwar riots in the 1960s, but there are people in the street, people who won't go home. They are being faced by a police force that, if you believe the bumper stickers, is composed entirely of heroes. Perhaps soon they will be faced by real soldiers, who will soon be coming home just in time to shoot into defenseless crowds of protesters.

But that won't happen, right? At most, we'll get another Kent State, another weepy top-40 hit with a strong backbeat.

The people running America in 1968 held their hand. They would not give the order to shoot down their own children. The people in charge were angry, they were hurt by flag burning in ways a 2011 American can't understand, but still they held their hand. Maybe it was because so may of them had seen killing close up.

Whatever the reason, they didn't give the order, and the protests ended the war. The protesters were free to resume their liberal arts studies and, eventually, to become employees of large, faceless corporations.

There are more than just kids out in the streets now. One spots the occasional granny with a handmade sign bemoaning the loss of her pension.

But there are people in the streets, disturbers of the peace, engagers in disorderly conduct, trespassers, a whole litany of misdemeanor charges normally applied to street drunks but also useful during political upheaval.

And this is not 1968 America. There isn't a lot of money around. Thirty years of street-corner crack wars have made us deaf to gunshots, which are to 2011 city dwellers what auto backfires were to 1950s city dwellers.

And there is an ugliness to all public discourse.

Talk radio's fools throw the word "treason" around the way you'd flip a cigarette butt into the gutter.

And people talk so casually of killing, and there are fewer good jobs for people who didn't make it to college.

If you were 10 years old in 1967, your father probably had the best job he'd ever had in his life, a job hugely better than the job his father had. There was money around, and things were getting better every year. Color television. Disneyland. Wrinkle-free shirts.

And the men in charge of America, the veterans of Iwo and the Bulge, they held their hand. They would not do what the Russians did in Prague. They would not roll tanks over their own children.

We've been watching the kids come home dead from Iraq and Afghanistan for a long time now, and no one has given an organized damn, not loud enough that you could hear. Dead kids are an ignorable part of the landscape, whether killed as "heroes" in Sadr City or as "homies" on the dope corner by the off-ramp.

In a nation where the rich have been on a 30-year binge and the poor swell their sullen numbers every day, what will happen the day that 10,000 protesters go swinging down Wall Street, breaking windows and fighting the cops?

If that day comes, in this America, some voice will shout "treason," and the decision to kill or not to kill will go, by default, to men who have never seen blood. and that decision will be backed by rich people who own nearly every corner of every way to make a living, and it will be sold as a needed defense of our America.

Farfetched? Alarmist? Thirty years ago, did you think your pension would be gone, your union would be broken? Did you think there would be homeless people in front of your office, asking you for a cigarette when you walk out for lunch? Did you think huge banks would tremble on the edge of bankruptcy and still vote bonuses to their executives? Did you think you would lose your home and no one would care?

This is not 1968. The people in the streets are the same. The people in charge are worse.

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I agree with everything said but the eventual target of rich people. They merely took advantage of a political class willing to sell the farm for electoral funding. This method was invented by democrats willing to buy votes through handouts, nee entitlements. The healthy bum on public dole is no better than the slimey CEO of General Electric, in fact he blazed the trail. Blame politicians because they held the purse strings and behaved unaccountably. Go occupy Pennsylvania Avenue.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Tom
Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:48 PM
By the way, the very first time I heard anylbody mention shooting the occupy America kids was in this article. The words you put in the mouths of others belong solely to you. Finally first at something.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Tom
Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:52 PM
Apparently, Tom missed the news regarding Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland.
Comment: #3
Posted by: capiscan
Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:43 AM
Tom also missed the news that Bank of America (full disclosure: BoA is my primary bank) has awarded $11M to two executives in bonuses - while laying off 30,000 workers due to "financial necessesity". Hmmm.

Either that or Tom just doesn't care about anyone else, as long as he has his.
Comment: #4
Posted by: capiscan
Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:02 AM

WAKE UP,ALL OF YOU FACEBOOKERS AND FANTASY FOOTBALLERS... ALL OF YOU COMPLACENT FOLKS...ALL OF YOU
WHO BELIEVE THAT IF EVERYONE WILL JUST COOL IT AND SIT BACK...THEN THINGS WILL GET BETTER.
UNFORTUNATELY..THOSE''GOOD OL' DAYS'' ARE GONE..PROBABLY NEVER TO RETURN.
SO WE WHO NEVER WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN ANYTHING UNLESS IT AFFECTS US PERSONALLY..MUST BEGIN TO MAKE OUR MINDS UP AS TO WHETHER THIS JUST MIGHT INVOLVE US AFTER ALL..UNLESS OF COURSE,YOU ACTUALLY DON'T
HAVE A CLUE ABOUT MUCH OF ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE........Hmmm.
Comment: #5
Posted by: mike gushee
Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:28 AM
Capiscan,

Did you miss the part where I called the CEO of General Electric slimey? And yeah, I missed the part about guns being used in Oakland. Where did you get that from? You can't just make up things to suit your opinion. Neither can Dion. I stand by my comment that politicians are to blame, they are supposed to protect us from greedy CEO's and lazy bums. They didn't. They in fact a partners in these events. What is so wrong about saying so?
Comment: #6
Posted by: Tom
Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:40 AM
The Oakland kids were shot (with bean bags and tear gas, not lead bullets). Seriously, I don't think even tyrannical regimes use lead to disperse riots.
Comment: #7
Posted by: Clucri
Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:37 AM
To lie by omission (shot, but not by what) is still a lie. You and I know the implication when one uses the word "shot". Clucri, what sid China use in Tiannemen Square? That was some type of beanbag. The point is to not allow our own government to become so tyrannicaly empowered. Financially or physically. The argument is about government power, politicians have abused it. Corporations have merely gone along with it. The government must stop them, and that is who we should direct our complaints to.

Comment: #8
Posted by: Tom
Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:54 AM
Weren't they beaten to death or run over? Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
Comment: #9
Posted by: Clucri
Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:25 PM
It almost sounds like Dion is in favor of shooting protesters, as they did at Kent State in 1969. The US has since glossed over this unspeakable violation of human rights but blames China for doing the same thing at Tiannemen square in 1998.

I cannot support a government that supports violence in any form, including war, capital punishment, abortion, or physician-assisted suicide. If you are paying taxes to a government at war, you may as well be pulling the trigger yourself.

As far as I'm concerned, anyone who submits to Obamacare deserves to be euthanized. These people are already brain dead.

No one will rein government in if taxpayers don't, and the most effective way is to quit funding it, to quit buying stocks and bonds, and to get out of personal debt.
Comment: #10
Posted by: Katharine C. Otto, MD
Thu Nov 3, 2011 3:47 PM
Duhhh. Oh yeah, it's all due to Obamacare?
Comment: #11
Posted by: Richard
Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:34 AM
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