Sanitation Returns to Zuccotti

Written by John Vecchione on Tuesday November 15, 2011

Anarchy is not good for anyone. One of the joys of the “Occupy Wherever” movement is the swift return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings to wreak divine wrath on its most clueless transgressors.

The wrath includes the return of tuberculosis-the scourge of the 19th century; scrofula from the middle ages, and violence and mayhem from virtually anytime when order is not kept and men believed it their right to have other people’s stuff.

Mayor Bloomberg (a liberal, Obama supporting Mayor) has--cleared out the riff raff who were making private property dangerous and unusable in New York. Mayor Bloomberg is firmly in “the 1%”, being one of the richest men in the United States and there are very few liberal nostrums he does not ascribe to, but enough was enough.

In contrast with the Tea Party--so reviled in the media--these protestors obtained no permits, supported no action, did not clean up after themselves, and lowered the value of businesses wherever they gathered. The question is: why does any liberal think these confused and unwashed mobs help their cause? I freely admit the smart ones know it does not, but many have lent support--in NY to the tune of half a million dollars in donations--to a group of malcontents “occupying” a city that is more liberal than any but a dozen in the country, and which will give Obama at least at 60/40 margin next year and possibly 70/30.

The media also seems to like these people more than the Tea Party. Some such as Paul Krugman have seen it as a harbinger of a turn against Republicans. But why should that be? When Herbert Hoover was President and long term unemployment was unadressed and people began camping out in the cities the camps were called, for all time, Hoovervilles.

Why is Zucotti Park not an Obamaville? Are they not the concentration of those most excited three years ago for “Hope ‘n Change?” Why is the media not pointing to them as an example of liberal failure?

What if three years into a Republican administration that came in with filibuster proof-majorities a band of pitiful Republican leaning misfits appeared to take over the public spaces of Republican run municipalities? In their despair and rage at where the policies had landed, us would this not be enough of a scandal to drive the President from office? Shouldn’t it do the same for Obama?

But he apparently thinks class envy and taxes on the rich will save him-as do the rich liberals in the class he is reviling. The Gods of the Copybook Headings have heard it before:

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

We’ll see if a media in his corner, a divided Republican field, and the unpopularity of certain Republican political solutions can save him from the Gods’ wrath.