Reporter's Note: Between outbreaks of caucuses and primaries, life goes in in DC…including my daily delivery of a letter to the White House.
Dear Mr. President,
Have you passed by the Occupy D.C. camp lately? I must say that it is looking a little raggedy. Well, I guess it has looked that way all along, only more so now. Their tents are showing the wear and tear of sitting out in the elements. So are some of the protestors, for that matter. The TV cameras have pretty much disappeared. Seems like most of the grass in the park has been scuffed away by members of the 99 percent.
One exception: Their signs look really good. They must have recently repainted them because they are bright, shiny, and loudly proclaiming…uh…something about K Street, and something about D.C. voting rights…and, to be honest, I’m not sure what they say, but they look nice.
I’m not mocking. I’m just pointing out the evidence of an age old dictum: In politics and war, all advantages are temporary. Just a couple of months back, the Occupy movement was in the news every day. People were making speeches, and tweeting, and doing interviews about the movement. Heck, they were even shouting you down at public appearances! Participants were being arrested, and showing up in the evening news, and being asked what they thought about issues and elections, and now…not so much.
The pressure they were applying to “the system” was real for a while. But now, I suspect, it has been substantially discounted; like a Christmas sweater the day after the holiday.
They can get their mojo back, I suppose, but it will take time, patience, effort, and some luck. Because Americans are a tad fickle when it comes to causes these days. As long as an idea is new, exciting, and on the move, we can get all caught up in it. But the moment it becomes yesterday’s news…well, it’s “bottom of the canary cage” time.
Come to think of it, it’s not just the Occupy camp that could use some sprucing up; their whole idea needs a little lift, or it risks slipping into the footnotes of political and social history.
I hope things are good with you. Seems like it has been forever since we’ve talked. Ha! Because it has!
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