OccupyDC — As I See It. Ask an Occupier

Ask an Occupier

Sometimes it just seems that I attract all the people that know what’s broken about OccupyDC and how it should be fixed. Lots of people come strolling through McPherson Square during lunch breaks and on the weekends. Many have seen the collective encampment on television and just want to see it for themselves. Others want to engage in serious, meaningful dialogue about the occupy movement and a very small minority have already made up their mind about the occupation. They’ve decided its bad, evil, corrupt, un-American, socialistic or whatever other adjective you can come up with. They’re not showing up to enjoy an open and honest discussion. Rather, their minds are already made up and they just want to puff and strut with how much “knowledge” they have.

Trouble is, most of their “knowledge” isn’t something they’ve learned firsthand. Rather it was a 30 second sound clip on TV that sounded good…or maybe a friend of a friend of a friend told them that….well, you get the picture.

One person said that, “It’s about time they leave (talking about OccupyWS); they have worn their welcome out. They pushed a good thing too far.” I still don’t know what this person is trying to say. If the occupation movement was a “good thing” at one time….exactly how do you push a “good thing too far” and what does that mean? Sounds to me like this person has been collecting 30 second sound clips from the talking heads on TV.

A friend of mine said in response: “The more the other side pushes back on this, the stronger the movement becomes. The 1% is obviously getting worried. They’re using their pawns to try to force the protesters to back down. They’re confirming what we already knew. They are a bunch of crooks that preach democracy, but don’t like it when the Constitution is put into practice!”

And you know what? My friend is right. The 1% is getting worried. The snug and smug little social circles they’ve built for themselves over the years are starting to be challenged. People that have been “kept in line” by the vague and empty promise that anyone can be wealthy in America is starting to see the promise lose its sheen and shine. The 1% is worried…and justifiably so.

Sometimes it just seems that I attract all the people that know what’s broken about OccupyDC and how it should be fixed. Funny thing though, none of them have spent more than an hour talking in person with any of the occupiers.

Jerry Nelson is a nationally recognized photojournalist. His work has appeared in many national, regional and local publications including CNN, USAToday, Upsurge, Earthwalkers and Associated Content. Nelson travels the country seeking out the people, places and things that make America unique and great. Nelson currently is in Washington D.C. pointing his camera at OccupyDC and freelancing for The Washington Times the second largest paper in the nation’s capital.

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