Hey, knock yourselves out.
It remains to be seen what is to be accomplished by a camp-in in the New York winter, but if that is what protesters want to do, more power to them, so long as they stay on private property and so long as the owners don’t mind.
It’s like camping out in your folks’ back yard.
If it’s OK with them, it’s OK with us.
See, as Wikipedia notes: “Zuccotti Park, formerly called Liberty Plaza Park, is a 33,000-square-foot publicly accessible park in “Lower Manhattan, New York City, privately owned by Brookfield Properties.
“The park was created in 1968 by United States Steel, after the property owners negotiated its creation with city officials, and named Liberty Plaza Park and situated beside One Liberty Plaza.
“It is located between Broadway, Trinity Place, Liberty Street and Cedar Street.
“The park’s northwest corner is across the street from Four World Trade Center.
“It has been popular with local tourists and financial workers.”
This week, according to the Associated Press, “protesters in New York City are preparing for the possibility of a punishing winter by erecting tents designed to withstand frigid temperatures.
“Some of the military grade tents are as big as tiny cottages. They began popping up Monday, with the first planned for medics and another designated as a safe space for women.”
It added that “the tents are costing the protesters about $25,000 total. He says they’re paid for through donations the Wall Street protest group has received.”
Here’s the point.
These people, the protesters, are well within their rights.
They have the right to raise the money, to spend it on tents if they want to. They have the right to stay in this non-public facility, and we shouldn’t even complain, as long as taxpayer money doesn’t have to go to support them.
That is their right, because they are in America.
The rest of us have the right to continue to seek smaller government that doesn’t do all the stuff these people seem to want, and that doesn’t soak us with the bill for their flavor-of-the-day campaign.
This is what is great about America.
So, we don’t REALLY want to change that, do we?
-- Chuck Smith