“Days of Rage” comes to Boston: “They wanted to be arrested and we obliged.”

posted at 4:30 pm on October 1, 2011 by Tina Korbe

As I’ve watched the video footage of protesters attempting to “Occupy Wall Street” and, now, “Occupy Boston,” I’ve been struck again and again by this realization: They’re my age. Maybe not all of them — but many of them. So excuse me if I find it hard not to dismiss the movement as born of inexperience and misguided idealism. The romantic impulse to be an outcast, an individual facing outstanding and institutionalized obstacles is one I have to tamp down in myself sometimes; I think it comes with the territory of being in your 20s. Most of the protesters seem like Brita from the TV show, Community — terrified they’ll be consigned to a life of meaninglessness if they ever stop “raging against the Machine.” (If you don’t watch it or haven’t seen this week’s episode, check it out on Hulu; it’s pretty funny.)

It’s at times like this that I realize why the Catholic World Youth Day movement grew so large and so quickly under the leadership of Pope John Paul II. People my age are starved to learn the simple truth that “life has meaning to the extent that it becomes a free gift for others,” as JPII says. Frankly, that’s not a religious message: It’s an adult one. Once you learn to take care of yourself, you start to look for ways to voluntarily make the lives of those around you a little bit better. Selfishness and sloth pall eventually.

But, in the meantime, it makes some people feel important to be arrested for idealistic reasons — and the Boston police are happy to oblige. The Blaze has the story:

Police arrested two dozen protesters for trespassing during two financial demonstrations in downtown Boston Friday.

Organizers of one demonstration gathered outside Bank of America‘s offices to protest the bank’s foreclosure practices in what the Boston Herald reported was an act of civil disobedience with up to 3,000 participants.

“They wanted to be arrested, and we obliged,” Boston police Commissioner Edward F. Davis told the newspaper. …

Carolyn Grant, one of those arrested, told the Herald in a telephone interview the arrest was worth the trouble. …

Several blocks away, a separate group calling itself “Occupy Boston,“ modeled after the recent ”Occupy Wall Street” movement underway in New York City, held its own demonstration to protest general corporate greed.

Incidentally, I’ve always wondered why the most idealistic among my peers aren’t conservatives. For, in the end, we are in the midst of a “battle” — and, at the moment, free enterprise folks are actually the underdogs. Shouldn’t conservative be the new progressive?

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History repeating its self from the sixties when it was supposed to be cool to protest for any reason at all including not knowing what the protest was about in the first place. The parties were great and doing up a few joints and maybe getting a promise for the night was all that was necessary.

mixplix on October 2, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Check out how well paid one the the rebel leaders is:

onlineanalyst on October 2, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Great link, Onlineanalyst!

In fact, it appears that Mr. Rae is the same Jeffrey Ray who is employed as the Director of New Media by the Transport Workers Union in Washington, DC—the same union that joined the #OccupyWallSt protests last week.

Jeffrey Rae – Gross Salary $118,534

To: Members of the Transport Workers Union

Did you know that your union dues were being spent to pay Jeffrey Rae $118,534 to protest?

wren on October 2, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Tina I’m guessing we’re the same age, and the difference between us, Crowder, Jason Matera and the others in our mindset, is we’re not entitled morons who have no clue how the world works.

I see these people everyday, I work time to time with people just like them, they have a very skewed idea of life and aren’t intelligent enough to even defend their point of view.

Just yesterday I was working a gig with a girl who was born in Jamaica and grew up in Switzerand. She kept talking about how she wanted to move permanently back to Switzerland because they were so much better at taking care of everyone and she thought since we’re America everyone should be taken care of and be fed and have a house and healthcare. She couldn’t comprehend how just because we’re America doesn’t mean everyone should get everything for free. She tried to compare us with Switzerland, but again wouldn’t accept that A) we have about 300 million people living here, Switzerland has under 8 million B) That some people just won’t accept help, there are homeless people who are crazy or drug addicted and C) people swarm to the US for a better life and opportunity, very few are dying to get to Switzerland. These points were made to her by not only myself, but two other people who talked about how they supported, and still support, Obama.

She was just like these protesters, someone who felt the whole world should be given stuff without having to work for it and someone who doesn’t understand how complex some issues really are.

Rbastid on October 3, 2011 at 1:29 AM

This is what I don’t get. A couple of years ago the Tea Party first started to form over the bank bailouts. What finally got them organized was the stimulus bill but TARP was what started getting people angry.

This post by Michelle Malkin gives a nice history including this blurb from one of the TP founders –


“Last President’s Day, about two hundred of us gathered at Westlake Park in the middle of deep blue Seattle to protest the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a.k.a. Porkulus, because Washington D.C. wasn’t listening. We had tried to tell President Bush back in 2008 that we didn’t want the Toxic Asset Relief Program (TARP), and he and Congress did not listen. Then, one of the earliest initiatives by our new President, Barack Obama, who as a Senator supported TARP and the bailouts of the banks, was to declare the worse economic crises since the Great Depression and hurry Congress into passing a giant stimulus package. “

Here we are two years later and the Democrats are basically protesting the results of TARP. Where the banks have essentially used all that money to help themselves and the upper upper class and barely any of it has trickled back to the middle class. And yet, we’re not supporting their protests? Shouldn’t the TP be out there marching with them? Granted, the philosophies of the two groups are very different as are the goals they have in mind but the injustice they are protesting is one and the same.

Am I wrong here?

Benaiah on October 3, 2011 at 8:02 AM

I like the picture

The first time I saw the big head puppets at the Olympics celebration, I knew the Olympics was over, at least for me. Euro-rage is undistingusihable from Euro-joy. Most Americans don’t naturally gravitate to big head puppets, which usually sprout from the approved list of some central committee.

entagor on October 3, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Rbastid on October 3, 2011 at 1:29 AM

“And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: ‘If you don’t work you die.‘” – Kipling

LarryD on October 3, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Don’t you just love the slogan, “Take back Boston!”

Take back Boston from who? The banks? They don’t own Boston. The town is owned by corrupt politicians. What’s going to happen is these greedy liberal city folk (yes the very ones complaining about others being too wealthy) will win their political victories to push more liberal agenda that will end up enslaving the little man by making him reliant on the government for his sustinence. Then the rest of rural America will have to pay and suffer for the comfort of the greedy, whining, spoiled liberal city folk. As always.

shick on October 3, 2011 at 11:57 AM

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