Chicago, October 13, 2011 - They came. They saw. They protested. But do the Occupy protesters make any sense at all? From the unwashed smelly legions littering Manhattan streets with their garbage-strewn campsites (isn't this Al Gore's crowd?) to their rambling demands to the turn towards mob violence the protests have taken, Americans are still baffled by the message and tactics of these "occupiers."
At least the Americans who have actually heard of them. According to a new poll released Monday, only 51% of America has.
But the lack of a cohesive message hasn't stopped demonstrators. In Chicago's financial district, occupiers have shouted, booed, chanted, and banged their drums at passerbys for the last 19 days, trying to elicit a reaction to their anti-Wall Street message.
Liberals often mock conservatives for their nostalgia for all things Ronald Reagan. But progressives, too, ache to recreate the Hippie/Yippie Movement of the 1960s. From their style, dress, and "peace out" language, Occupy protesters are clearly hoping to conjure the left-wing ghosts of Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin with their modern take on yippiedom.
But were Abbie and Jerry anywhere to be found?
Spearheaded by union organizers and Democrat party activists, the Occupy protesters are on an incoherent mission: to distribute chaos, confusion, and a pro-big government message that attempts to absolve President Obama of any responsibility for the worsening economic crisis.
But what happens when the tables are turned? Can the protesters handle a little chaos factor in return? William Kelly, an Emmy-nominated TV host, surprised Occupy Chicago protesters at a demonstration at the Chicago Board of Trade recently. Grabbing a drum, Kelly joined in the protest before unleashing a mocking rap.
Watch Kelly's funny "Wall Street Rap" here:
Baffled by the TV host's antics, the protesters just continued to pound their drums and shake their tambourines.
Kelly, a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and a conservative blogger, saw their response as proof of the protesters' incoherence. "Who is to blame for the bailouts? Wall Street or corrupt government officials?" asked Kelly. "Since these union-backed protesters don't seem to be blaming government or President Obama, they don't really have much credibility."
"I'm not sure they [the protesters] even understand the point of their own protest. But they sure like those drums," said Kelly.
Abbie Hoffman must be shaking his dead liberal head about now.