Well, the massive May Day protests Occupy promised, well, they may fall under the heading now of epic fail.
Occupy Wall Street's call for a general strike to mark International Workers Day got off to a slow start on Tuesday, with sparse gatherings at a handful of spots around a rainy New York City.
At Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, about 100 activists gathered where the group had promised a "pop-up encampment" emblematic of the movement's early days in lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park near the Wall Street financial district.
The crowd soon dispersed to other locations to demonstrate, including directly across the street from Bryant Park at the Bank of America tower. About two dozen activists picketed in front of the building's main entrance. One person was arrested in the middle of 6th Avenue in front of the building.
The group said it expected greater participation in events planned for later in the day as it tries to breathe fresh life into the movement that sparked a wave of nationwide protests against economic injustice eight months ago.
Other actions included a march with organized labor starting from New York City's Union Square in the afternoon and a promise to "occupy" San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. In Washington, D.C., there were plans to march to the White House.
A text message alert broadcast late Monday from an Occupy Wall Street address said: "All civilians stand by for GENERAL STRIKE at 08:00. No Work, School, or Shopping. All out in the streets!"
What would happen if you called a strike and no one came? Now, I guess we know.
What would be really nice would be if the media would give the Occupy movement the same kind of coverage they give the Tea Party movement.
If they did, the narrative we would be hearing today is that the Occupy movement is dying. We would hear in detail about the rapes, vandalism and other crimes committed at the Occupy camps.
We would hear about the racist comments made by many of the Occupy mob.
Instead, the coverage we get of Occupy can pretty much be called propaganda.
A year from now, we will see which movement is still thriving, the Tea Party movement or the Occupy mob.
My money is on the Tea Party movement.
Good I hope they do fail.
Don't dismiss these people. The unions and communists will not go away. They are dangerous because they are working hand in hand with all the marxists in the west wing. The fraud-in-chief being the organizer.
The Tea Party will remain strong and we will grow. We will uphold our nations values and what we stand for. FREEDOM and our CONSTITUTION.
When you have to pay people to show up to demonstrate, it's not like they can be counted on every time. They might have found a better--perhaps not anymore legal--way of making money.
They are not going away. They have come this far, they will learn from their mistakes, just as they have been doing for the last 90 years.
Judson - hope they fail, but they've put alot of time, money and training into their venture and I hardly think it's failing. I believe as the year proceeds there will be major problems from the protestors.
"Fleabaggers of the world...UNITE!" LMAO!
Got that right! That's the mistake the Right has made for the last 50 years+ They didn't take them seriously and just look where we are now. That's how Satan got in the WH!
Perhaps OWS will fail today!
Why? Perhaps largely because of all their preparations. By publishing their Playbook including page 5 with 198 methods of protest!
City governments, law enforcement, banks, Wall Street and everybody had advance warning. And, the opportunity to prepare.
I'm glad they are following Obama's lead in how to conduct warfare....telling the enemy what you are going to do, and when!
The vast majority were probably busy occupying detox and re-hab centers.
The Europeans are better at celebrating and embracing communism than Americans:
Great quote from the article:
"French voters seem poised to chose policies favoring economic growth over austerity with Socialist Francois Hollande leading Sarkozy in the polls. Far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose supporters are key for the result, told her party's annual rally on Tuesday she would cast a blank vote."
France votes for a new President in a few days, if anyone cares. The Socialist party (they actually call themselves Socialists over there) will likely win. The "Far Right" party may not support the "Middle Right" party(Sarkozy - current President) in the election, so the Middle Right will lose.
Sounds very similar to the coming American presidential election (except in our case the Socialist Party is currently in power).