William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
THE SECOND COMING
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
This struck me as I have been looking over all the posts about the growing #Occupy movement. Where there was once simple protest, though intense and with its roughness, the tone seems to be replaced now with something more akin to a battlefield. As much as some demagogues are spinning the protesters as leftist and fringe from the radical left when soldiers are now seen at the front lines, being severely injured no less, this simple branding upon the movement does not hold.
I cannot hope more that the Occupiers continue to be non-violent. Non-Violence, examples can be gleaned from Gandhi’s movement in India against the tyranny of British occupation and Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s,has proven the only cognizant route to make a movement truly work. What becomes troublesome is that they have injured those who have stood on far-flung battlefields, multiple times, and offered up their lives for our country only to return to that same country to see it being torn apart and they themselves attacked.
Scott Olsen served 2 tours in Iraq thankfully unscathed physically to now be laying in a hospital bed from injuries sustained at the hands of one of his own fellow Americans. Irony does not even begin to point at the ludicrous state of things on America’s streets.
Mike Ruppert is not Fringe
He served the LA police force for many years and now succinctly points out the atmosphere of danger police officers are creating when they attack peaceful protesters, especially those who have valiantly served their country in war.
Mike Lofgren is not a NUT He served as a GOP insider for 30 years and now disavow the direction it is leading our country.
Granted and obviously most police officers across our country are doing the job they have pledged to do, which is to protect and serve its citizenry. But the bad apples need to be outed and answer for their actions. The officer who injured Scott Olsen, not sure exactly how it happened but in the video he is standing there in peaceful protest and in the course of roughly 30 seconds he is laying on the ground, mortally injured from what appears to be a flying projectile. Others rush to his aid and a police officer, standing within feet of him throws at least 2 flash bang grenades at those trying to assist him.
This is not acceptable and not the America I want to live in.
In the light of this I have seen reports, not sure if they are confirmed or accurate that some #Occupy protests have been joined by people, some say former troops, armed with AR-15 assault rifles. This is not good and needs to stop right now. This is only creating a situation that the media spinners can look at and immediately brand the movement militant and a threat to national security. Not the direction it needs to go. I abhor violence. Though it is difficult to tell people to stand there and get beaten and not retaliate or at least defend themselves, but this plays right into the hands of those that would like this to escalate so they can send in the storm troopers and stomp people.
Please let the calmer heads prevail. Take the money you have raised and retain a fleet of lawyers to begin prosecuting the bad apples who are being fascists. Do not take the law into your own hands. Protest and change the system from within. The road map is there, the road on it is long, but not insurmountable.