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Were you ever in Christiania in Copenhagen, at Woodstock in 1969, experienced the lower parking lot for a Further concert at Red Rocks or driven by a tent city under the FDR Drive in New York City?
I stopped by Zuccotti Park on my way home from a Manhattan Saturday because I, like many other people, am curious.
Curious about what exactly this movement about nothing looks like and, now that much of the media attention is gone, what they do all day and night?
For those who may not know about Zuccotti Park, home of the #OWS movement in New York City, it is located in a space that's about 33,000 square feet in size near Ground Zero that's packed corner to corner with makeshift tents and blue tarps that serve as shelter.
The Zuccotti Park Show
When you walk into Zuccotti Park you are struck first by the smell of pot wafting over you and then by the fact that these "protesters" appear to be nothing more than a group of strangers who closely resemble a tent city for the homeless.
You are struck by the size of the NYPD presence who need to be there to keep these "protesters" under control and crime held to a minimum, all at the expense of the taxpayers of New York City.
There was one woman yelling at the crowd of gawkers that if they wanted to take her picture they should first ask permission as if she was a celebrity facing down the paparazzi. If she didn't want her picture taken then why was she standing there?
There was an "entrepreneur" inside selling t-shirts for $10 "donations" that said Occupy Wall Street, a seemingly capitalist venture for someone sworn to oppose capitalism.
There were signs for legalizing marijuana which seemed to be distant from the actual cause the group professes to be putting forth, as well as a sign that said G-d-less America. I turned my head looking to see if the Reverend Jeremiah Wright was there although his message was somewhat different, G-d-damn America.
There was basically a large group of people wanting to be relevant, who at one point had the eyes and ears of the media from around the world, who were not really relevant any more.
It made me think that if the people above who are pulling the strings wanted that relevance back, what actions would they need to get these people to take?
Would it be the lawlessness, civil disobedience and violence that is getting #OWS movements in other cities around the United States into the papers and onto T.V.?
That is I assume not out of the realm of possibility but for now, the reality is that #OWS NYC was a Seinfeld-like episode depicting a group of people who were all about nothing.
Another New York City tourist attraction!
Zuccotti Park is just another place in New York City for tourists to stop and take pictures on their way back uptown from the ferry that takes them to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. A sideshow of sorts.
The irony of Zuccotti Park being in the shadows of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty!
Ellis Island is that place where immigrants from Europe passed through on their way to America where they worked hard to assimilate and tried to achieve the American Dream.
And the Statue of Liberty is the symbol of the freedom to do what it is that #OWS doing!
How ironic is that?
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