Remember all of those folks who were interested in occupying everything last fall/winter? Apparently, they are gearing up for a new wave. Once again, their friends in the media are doing their best to help:
April showers didn’t bring May flowers this year – they bloomed early – but May Day did bring some new people into the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Why were the old people not working? Was it because the tent cities they built became literal cesspools and garbage dumps? Nah, that couldn’t be it. Let’s see who the new folks are.
For young people, the day was a chance to join the movement – even if it meant missing school.
“There is the realization that we need to take the country back from the corporations,” says Jeremy Cohen, 14, who, together with two friends, his mom, and a friend’s mom, came in from Princeton, N.J., for the May Day protests. The three eighth-graders stood behind an Occupy banner that Jeremy had used his birthday money to buy online.
Ha ha ha. Sorry, “even if it meant missing school” is simply too good to pass up. We are talking about 14-yr old kids. They are, nearly to an 8th grader, quite happy to miss school. This is was a good excuse.
And, then there is the detail about Jeremy standing behind a banner that he bought with his birthday money. Yep, not money that he earned doing anything of value (shoveling snow, packing groceries, or watching younger siblings) but money he gained for simply being alive on the anniversary of his birth.
Seems as though he an excellent fit for a lifetime in the re-imagined Occupy movement. He got someone to pay for him to visit an event when he should be doing something else–and he spent someone else’s money on the props he needed for his performance once he got there.
I’ll close with this:
“I agree with almost everything that Occupy Wall Street is promoting,” says Jeremy Taylor, also 14. “It’s great to be part of something larger than yourself.”
If getting ignorant children to support the Occupy movement is the future of the movement, I believe there is hope–hope that the children will grow up and find out how incredibly foolish they used to be.