The conservative Tea Party movement is famous for not leaving behind as much as a stray piece of paper after its rallies. The ones I’ve attended in Rockford, including the big one in Davis Park with about 1,000 people, were like that. When they were over, the attendees picked up any trash lying around and disposed of it in bins or took it home.
Contrast that with the leftwing Occupy movement, where demonstrators who lived in parks in major cities for two months are now being rousted by police departments on the orders of liberal Democratic mayors who got fed up with their nuisance activities.
(New York’s Mike Bloomberg is a liberal, but ran as a Republican).
The “occupiers” have left giant messes in their wakes, as typified by the 30 tons of trash they abandoned at their site near Los Angeles City Hall. Taxpayers have to pay for its removal, of course. The Los Angeles Times explains.
If the Occupy movement wants to have staying power, it should become a political force, as the Tea Party did. Right now, big city mayors see the occupiers as a public nuisance who are getting in the way of the 99 percent of residents trying to go about their daily lives.
If Occupiers decidded to have large, Saturday marches and rallies — and picked up their trash — the 99 percent would be favorably impressed with them, providing they developed a cohesive message and a plan of political action. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be happening. These folks have absolutely no idea of how marketing works. It’s not just a right wing concept. Heck, Lenin knew marketing. He bamboozled a continent full of people to embrace Bolshevism.