Those in the Occupy KC movement, struggling to stay relevant in a rapidly evolving political landscape, have decided to hold a march (of sorts) on December 30.
Traffic at and around Ninth and Main would, as a result, have to be shut down.
This shut-down would cost $4,100 to accomplish. The Occupiers are refusing to pay it. In fact, they can’t pay it. They only have a thousand bucks in the donation jar. The city, they say, should foot the bill for their anti-capitalist propaganda machine.
Claiming that they are being charged to express their free speech rights, they have requested what’s known as an “indigency waiver”.
But are they being charged to exercise their right to free speech? Absolutely not.
They are not just “speaking”. Their actions would require a major downtown intersection to be closed and traffic rerouted, as well as a number of police officers to secure the location and handle the ensuing traffic fiasco.
They have every right to “speak” in any part of the city, including the intersection of Ninth and Main, and they can. They have been. This is about actions, not words.
Freeloaders like this group of indigents are the reason that shoestring budgets are busting all levels of government across the country, and yet they somehow have the gall to demand the city pay for their disruptive behavior in addition to their handouts.
Offered a perfectly reasonable alternative – marching on the sidewalks for free instead of the streets for four grand – the protesters said “no”.
The Occupiers (not just here, but nationwide) have shown themselves to be nothing more than a bunch of children playing childish games, plain and simple.
Thankfully, Mayor Sly James also hit back with a “no”.
When the group argued their case – that they are working on a “shoestring budget” – James reminded them that the city is, too.
(Look no further than this year’s 1,500 water main breaks for proof.)
But the bigger question may lie with who these “Occupiers” really are. Story after story has come out shedding light on major issues surrounding their supposed “movement” such as drugs, prostitution, and the homeless.
So what is the Occupy KC movement even about anymore? Are they a political movement at all or are they just a random collection of Kansas City’s vagrants?
Sunday’s edition of the KC Star featured a letter to the editor titled “KC Homeless Camp?” that shed some light on the situation.
I went to the Occupy Kansas City site to take some things, and though I didn’t spend a lot of time there, I got the feeling that it was more of a homeless community pretending to be a political organization. There are a lot of tents, but the five people I saw — well, it didn’t seem like they would know what day it was. I just can’t tell if it is real or a scam.
Not exactly a ringing endorsement for the movement from someone who is apparently willing to help out.
The city needs to take a stand, here and now, and decide not to cave in to the demands of a minority of simple-minded anti-American socialists.
And if, in fact, their “encampment” is nothing more than a homeless camp where drugs and prostitutes are freely passed from tent to tent the city needs to step in and take drastic steps to fix the situation before it gets truly out of hand.