Vandalism, violence, burning and shutting down the nation’s fifth busiest port weren’t enough for Occupy Oakland. On Friday, the General Assembly for the group voted unanimously for “a coordinated shutdown of ports on the entire West Coast on December 12."How is this going to accomplish...anything? If any of this comes to pass the unions have themselves to blame since they've chosen to support the Occupy movement all over the country. Perhaps the ports should just lay all their union workers off that day without pay. Shutting down commerce will not solve any of the country's problems - it will only exacerbate them.
According to a statement from Occupy Oakland, this move is in “response to coordinated attacks on the occupations and attacks on workers across the nation.” “We call on each West Coast occupation to organize a mass mobilization to shut down its local port.”
When I mention #UCDavis in the title I'm referring to the decision by campus cops to pepper spray a group of protesters who were ordered to move but refused, linking arms and defying police. They got a face full of tear gas, and the imagery has further inflamed the left. Even my daughter, who generally avoids politics, was upset at the video of the cop spraying the loons. Out of context the video is pretty disturbing.
However, it's well past time for a little tough love for these people. They've been allowed to flaunt laws and regulations (thanks to lefty mayors who would be sitting in a tent at some Occupy rally if they weren't in City Hall), and as a result they think they're immune to punishment. It's time they were informed in no uncertain terms that the laws and regulations that would have been applied to any Tea Party rally apply to them as well.
In other words, they need a good spanking. The sooner the better.