So, let’s discuss the Occupy UC Davis thing in a relatively objective matter, shall we?
- There was an Occupy UC Davis presence on… the UC-Davis campus.
- It included tents and overnight encampments.
- The cops were sent in to break up the tents.
- Then this happened:
(Essentially, there were a bunch of protesters who had linked arms and refused to move; the cops hosed them down with pepper spray – in a fashion reminiscent of a housewife using a insecticide spray can – and then arrested them.)
Now, the question becomes this: What will the takeaway from this incident be? Will it be the first paragraph of this article, which goes:
Law enforcement officials defended the tactics used Friday to dismantle an encampment set up by “Occupy Wall Street” sympathizers on the UC Davis quad, a raid that drew accusations of excessive force from students after sitting protesters were subjected to pepper spray at point-blank range.
…or will it be the last paragraph?
Protesters vowed to remain in the quad and reestablish their camp Friday evening, but as of 10:00 p.m. Friday, no demonstrators or tents were visible in the area.
There’s no sign that Occupy UC-Davis has since tried to set up overnight tents on school property since then, either.
Now, let me conceal nothing from you: this is a Blue-on-Blue fight* between two factions of the American Left, and as such my personal opinions on the merits of this kind of response to that kind of provocation are going to be, well, irrelevant. But on a practical level… well, right now it looks like the Occupiers are just going to sit there and accept being pepper sprayed, with no response except to complain and yell at the campus for doing the spraying. Which means that more Occupiers are going to be industrially-sprayed down in the very near future.
This is, by the way, one reason why I am insistent that people cannot expect me to show any respect to a person or group that refuses to demonstrate any self-respect. It’s frankly a waste of my time.
PS: Yes, I suppose that I am being cold-blooded about this.
*California, remember? Republicans are perilously close to being considered an officially endangered species there.