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Sunday, January 29, 2012

What does all of this mean?

The Gadsden flag , coiled and ready to strike, on the back of The Prospector's truck is a symbol. It's fiercely American but provocative.
It's nothing new...
 The Rattlesnake as a symbol has been around for a while. It was a symbol for the colonies when our country was fighting in the American Revolution.
I don't think the symbolism of this threatening snake has disappeared, but I don't know who the snake is anymore.

I watched and listened to the news this morning and it made me wonder what is really going on. A group of Occupy "revolutionaries" in Oakland , California were protesting again, and this time my reaction was different. It made me angry.
I'm not sure what it is they are doing. I'm not sure what they want besides chaos, anarchy and the ruin of a good American city. They don't state their case as a whole. They don't have a focused protest, that I can see, except to destroy downtown Oakland.

Here is some of what happen...
OAKLAND (AP) – About 300 people were arrested Saturday during a chaotic day of Occupy protests that saw demonstrators break into City Hall and burn an American flag, as police earlier fired tear gas and bean bags to disperse hundreds of people after some threw rocks and bottles and tore down fencing outside a nearby convention center.
""These demonstrators stated their intention was to provoke officers and engage in illegal activity and that's exactly what has occurred today,"
The group assembled outside City Hall late Saturday morning and marched through the streets, disrupting traffic as they threatened to take over the vacant Henry Kaiser Convention Center.
The protesters walked to the vacant convention center, where some started tearing down perimeter fencing and "destroying construction equipment" shortly before 3 p.m., police said.
The protesters walked to the vacant convention center, where some started tearing down perimeter fencing and "destroying construction equipment" shortly before 3 p.m., police said.
Police said they issued a dispersal order and used smoke and tear gas after some protesters pelted them with bottles, rocks, burning flares and other objects.
The number of demonstrators swelled as the day wore on, with afternoon estimates ranging from about 1,000 to 2,000 people.
A majority of the arrests came after police took scores of protesters into custody as they marched through the city's downtown, with some entering a YMCA building
AND THEN....Michael Davis, who is originally from Ohio and was in the Occupy movement in Cincinnati, said "Saturday was a very hectic day that originally started off calm but escalated when police began using "flash bangs, tear gas, smoke grenades and bean bags."
"It was very emotional. I thought it was a very good day for the movement because it brought us back together," Davis said. "We all were here in spirit and everybody actually helped everyone today."
"What could've been handled differently is the way the Oakland police came at us," Davis said. "We were peaceful."
( Thanks to USA Today for the info. The whole article is at: www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-01-28/occupy-oakland-protests/52852280/1 )
A VERY GOOD DAY FOR THE MOVEMENT?
I can't figure out who the "rattlesnakes" are here.

I think that I will stay right here on the mountain and deal with the rattlers that come and go,  usually one at a time. They are pretty specific about their motives... food, water, survival. They were here first and I respect and understand that. I think I'm a rather intelligent person that lives a fairly mobile and productive life.
I understand that there are folks out there that are angry and feel that their lives are unequal, unjust, unfair, inaudible and incurable, but is this kind of protest the answer? Who is provoking who?
Mahatma Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world". 
Is this the change that some folks really want? Is this really "non-violent" protest? Is this the protesters "means to an end" and is it a valid one? I don't think I'm seeing the true picture here?
I'm trying to see this whole event in the right light.  I'm trying not to say all the trite things about this, like so many others...
"Why don't they get a job.",
"They are just professional dissenters." and 
"If they don't like this country... leave." 
...the easy and unintelligent answers to a growing unrest.

I'm reminded of Metallica's lyrics... 
"... Liberty or death, what we so proudly hail,
Once you provoke her, rattling on her tail."

 I wonder if anyone knows what they're doing.

I need to take a walk and think on this... here, right now, the rattlesnakes are sleeping for the winter.







8 comments:

Suz said...

I think they want the Prospector's gold

Terra said...

I like those rattlesnake and don't tread on me flags, and agree with what you wrote here. Even Joan Baez was quoted re the occupy movement, as saying that "in the 60s we protesters had specific goals."

Mike Golch said...

there are some tea party people that claim this flag as their own as well. to me this flag says leave me along and let me do as I please.

Eve said...

Your feelings about these Occupy people are right on the money farmlady. What are they? They are the "useful idiots" of our day and their leaders are out to destroy the Capitalist system of our country. They have been preened by those here who hate America and everything she stands for. Go to any of their facebook or web pages and see the marxist, and communist loving jargon they use on a regular basis. My heart breaks for our great country. Hopefully, the rattlesnake that watches over our freedom will rise and defend it over the likes of these lost souls. Thank you for this thought provoking post.

Poppy said...

You make some valid points of ponderance. Interesting posting. This is such a time of unrest with our country. I pray that those in power pull their heads out of you know where.......

Debora said...

I think they are children just throwing temper tantrums. I wish we could just ignore them, as you would a child, but their destruction makes it necessary for the police to take action. Sigh...it's good to live in a small town.

Brian Miller said...

ugh...why...you realize they are only losing their voice...and now all occupy camps will be looked at as...i think we are on the cusp of something very ugly...sadly

Roslyn said...

As I predicted[privately] this OWS has deteriorated into something very nasty. They should have let it go after one day-or even one week, they might then have made some kind of "point". The population has grown weary of their whining & childish destructive bahavior. They make no sense anymore if they even did at first. IMO there is NEVER a case for indiscriminate destruction such as we are seeing, it is random vandalism & mindless rioting.
And has it accomplished anything positive?