The occupy movement seems to be gaining traction on one hand and losing focus on the other. Don't get me wrong, I agree that something is wrong in the country, but the movement seems to swell and then degenerate into some kind of woodstock-wannabe without the music. Forceful statements give way to pungent aromas. Civil disobedience decays into poor hygiene. Protest signs turn into litter on the roadside.
It is as if the growing movement attracts people who are not part of the base message and so the root complaint is drowned out by all manner of side issues. Whenever I see a news report about an "Occupy" event, I lose sight of the message and, instead, I see the messages like these below:
We need a smaller government that encourages, rather than hinders American small business. We need a government that does not show favoritism to big business and the financial industry. We need a government that spends within its means and encourages its citizens to do the same. The federal government is not the great saviour of mankind, it is a beast that consumes American Innovation. These protesters are right to call for reform, call for justice, but they must not accept reform that increases the size of the federal government and hampers small business.
Unfortunately, their message is hindered by the packaging.