Things have been quiet here for the last 2 weeks. Personal things and work have kept me busy. But I also am fascinated by the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon and have been following the events in NYC and elsewhere.
While I am not 100% sure about the movement as such, and am not sure what can come of it, the hypocrisy of American politics regarding the movement is unbelievable.
If nothing else, then the following short film would convince me to support the protesters:
For the first time ever, I find myself in total agreement with Ron Paul wow!
Check out his statement regarding the “anniversary” of 9/11 . Everything here I can agree with. No matter what else you may think about his views, and his past statements – this was a sensible statement that surely took courage to make.
It seems that he also mentioned it at the last CNN/Tea Party debate and was roundly booed for it.
Two things stand out for me here:
1. Does Ron Paul really want to go there? He must remember the reception this stance received during the primaries of 2007 – being made ridiculous by Giuliani and others. He was accused of changing his mind then, of being unpatriotic and whatnot – and he really wants to repeat the experience? No matter what else, you have to admire his courage and character for standing by his beliefs in the face of hysteria. Which brings us to:
2. Now is this a case of the revolution devouring its own children? (or its godfather?) Compared with the surreal arguments, groups and shouting of the Tea Party in 2011, the responses in 2007 seemed measured and rational. So when will the grown-ups in the Republican Party wake up, smell the manure and react? Maybe we should ask if there are any grown-ups left in the GOP. It certainly does not seem to be the case.