Philadelphia has been quite pleased that their Occupy protesters have been non-confrontational and peaceful. That entire good feeling-kumbaya-we are the world attitude of the protesters appears to be changing.
Across the nation as the protests continue, so have clashes with the police that have resulted in arrests. Everywhere but Philly. Even as they protested at the University of Pennsylvania, things didn’t get out of control. That probably had a lot to do with the college permitting the protesters to come on campus.
That changed last weekend when police arrested protesters for blocking the intersection at 8th and Race Streets near the police administration building. The 20 arrests went peacefully as well. The cops gave them several warnings and let the protesters think about spending time in the pokie. The protesters were provided with their own lawyer to oversee the arrest process.
Many protesters sat on the street or took a nap. After 17 hours arrests were made. Protesters even praised the police and thought they could teach New York cops how to effectively communicate with protesters.
On Tuesday, eight Tea Party Republicans gathered at the corners of Welsh Road and Roosevelt Boulevard to have their own little protest. No, not really. They want one of their own voted into office in November. They called themselves The Unoccupiers. However, they left around 5 p.m. that day and didn’t come out on Wednesday due to the rain.
That’s the difference between the Tea Party and The Occupy protesters-the protesters have nothing to lose and everything to gain. The Tea Party doesn’t want themselves, the 1%, to lose the control they have over this country.
On Wednesday, ABC News reported that since 1979 the income of the 1% has risen 275% while the 99% only grew to about 18%. That doesn’t bode well for the officials who want the protesters gone and just in time for elections.
The elected officials are ignoring the protesters and this also makes things worse. Sure, Obama and other Democrats are agreeing with what’s going on, but that’s more political pontificating. As long as the protesters continue to be ignored and nobody in Washington is doing anything, things will continue to escalate.
Philly officials are also complaining that the protesters are blowing their budget and they’ve paid out over $400,000 much of it went to paying for police presence and overtime. Well, at least they have jobs.