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PROTESTS: Revolutions usually aren’t civil

Letter by Bonnie Berkey, Fircrest on Nov. 10, 2011 at 11:40 am | 142 Comments »
November 10, 2011 12:40 pm

Re: “Radicalism discredits Occupy movement’s message” (Michael Gerson column, 11-8).

At what point do people get that the Occupy movement is not a political party convention? The Democrats had nothing to do with it; they only hoped to usurp the movement.

Gerson, a former policy adviser for George W. Bush, expects a well-mannered revolution. The British expected the colonists to act with civility before the first tea party broke out, igniting the revolution that broke us free from the oligarchies of aristocracy.

The Occupy Wall Street movement is just the beginning of our doomed history repeating itself against the current plutocracy in power. If it’s not nice then it’s becoming a revolution. Those who don’t see the OWS movement as having a point or think it is all students, jobless or homeless being disobedient are, well, partially right but mostly not going to change it by deriding it so.

To those I say, how goes the battle for the rich? Revolutions by the proletariat are not civil. This was inspired by the Arab Spring revolutions – a nice name for extremely violent revolutions. The Guy Fawkes masks are a reminder of where it can lead. Be thankful it is still trying to follow some rules of conduct.

I support and admire those camped in our cities. They show conviction and are out from behind their keyboards trying to do something. If it gets messy and elitists are offended, I apologize in advance. I recommend to lead, follow or get of the way because most likely it will.

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