I just received an interesting e-mail from OKforTEA telling me that the Tulsa City Council is discussing waving all permits and fees for the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd. The city council is also thinking about waiving the curfew and insurance requirements. Well, isn’t this nice of the wonderful, “compassionate” city council members. Are they going to cave into the demands of lawbreakers to keep the peace, to waive the law instead of enforce the law? Isn’t mob rule the definition of anarchy? I wonder if they will waive the robbery laws if I decide to rob the local pizza parlor. Not likely that would happen. Of course, TEA Party people EARN their money, not steal it, so that won’t be an issue.
If I understand this correctly, these intruders come onto private property, violate the very laws designed to keep the area safe, refuse to abide by any rule, waste the time of police officers who have real crime and traffic issues to take care of, take up cell space needed for dangerous criminals, and the city council’s answer is to abolish the rules. The Tulsa city council, it seems, may be going to say “oh well, rules are made to be broken”, and look the other way once again. Isn’t that the very attitude that got us into this situation in the first place?
The contrast to the TEA Party events couldn’t be more stark. I remember seeing the Glenn Beck 8-28 event on television and internet. I remember the Washington Mall packed to the gills with people, estimated to be anywhere from the 500 or so reported in the main stream media to the 800,000 estimated by more accurate sources. How many arrests? Uh, NONE. How many sexual assaults? Uh, none again. How many robberies? Correct you are, NONE. And litter, could you see any litter in any picture or video? None visible to these eyes, and I looked hard.
Now compare that to what is going on with the “occupy” movement around the country. The behavior of these people is atrocious at best. They seem to think the world should bow at their feet while they try to destroy the very system that makes their miserable protests possible. Do they salute the flag? No they defecate on it, they walk on it, they burn it. They steal laptops, cell phones, even a guy’s tent. Drug sale and use, and sexual activity are right out there for everyone to see. Women are groped and raped. And what is the solution to this sexual attack issue? They hurl epithets at him and run the guy off with a flashlight shining in his face. Notice the sign in the picture above. Have any of the TEA Party events needed a “women’s safe space”?
These “occupy” people overturn vehicles, set fires, and smash windows- just any window, regardless of whether it belongs to some poor family, barely making ends meet with their storefront business as it is. They throw rocks, bottles, Molotov cocktails, and the like at the police, and then when one of their own gets hit by return fire, such as tear gas canisters, they go into a tizzy about police brutality. I say hogwash. Return fire is not brutality, it is self-defense. And, I might add, self defense from police who put up with a lot more than they should have to put up with.
And look at what happens at the TEA Party events in Tulsa. Several thousand people gather to sing patriotic songs, salute the banner of freedom throughout the world- The American Flag- and to enjoy making new friends. The organizers get the required permits and pay the required fees. Attendees are expected to obey the laws and treat people in a civilized manner, but they don’t have to be TOLD to do this, it is their nature. TEA Party attendees are there to support the Constitution, not destroy it. They are there to show our government that we want a different path, peacefully. Once again, no “women’s safe space” necessary.
TEA Party attendees aren’t there to damage the very property they pay to provide. They aren’t there to assault the police but to commune with them, to show the support of We the People for those who do their best “to protect and serve” the citizens of this nation. TEA Party people respect the law, but work through peaceful means to change those laws and those regulations that are not in line with our Constitution. TEA Party people respect the possessions and property of others. TEA Party attendees rally all weekend and then go back to their jobs on Monday.
And how many “OWS” protestors are there in Tulsa anyway? Thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands? Hundreds, maybe? Tens, even? How many arrests? There are those who may have valid issues, but this is not the way to solve the problems; the way the occupy crowd is going about it is the way to destroy everything that makes solutions possible.
If the TEA Party people can meet peacefully, pay the fees, get the permits, and follow the rules, why should this bunch get treated with kid gloves? Why should they not have to follow the same rules as the 67% of We the People who call ourselves TEA Party Patriots, those of us who peacefully change things? They aren’t the 99%, they are the 1%. It’s a cute slogan, but not accurate.
I guess it may be a good thing that many of the current councilors change jobs. We cannot continue caving in to threats and/or bad behavior and expect any semblance of peace in our time. The absence of law enforcement is anarchy. The collapse, or in this case the abdication of, civil responsibility is inexcusable. Any councilor willing to follow this course of action is violating the oath of office to serve in the best interests of the citizens and the city as a whole. They will not be serving the people of Tulsa, nor will they be serving the complaints of the protestors. Do councilors really not realize that tolerating this behavior only invites more of the same?
I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.
November 10, 2011