...You can have several thousand TEA Party activists (the people weenies like CSGV and the Bradys call "violent insurrectionists") descend on Washington with nary an arrest -- hardly any parking tickets, even -- but a smaller number of (supposedly peaceful, egalitarian) Occupiers of Wall Street in NYC (and other places) manage to clash repeatedly with officers and bring out the worst in both sides?
(I've now seen several comments noting that the conditions for any long-term OWS participant resemble boot camp -- or hardcore cult programming. High stress, lot of people crowded closely together, limited food, water and sleep, lotta group activities including recitation, a common foe.... When it was high-minded idealists banded not-quite-together for a weekend or a week, it was one thing, even when they were waaaaay out there; the longer it goes on, the more it becomes...something else. And I don't think they remember the lessons of the Bonus Army. There's some not-very-experienced young folks gonna get hurt, I suspect).
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