Everything I learned about dealing with "Occupiers" I learned from my lawn. It’s true! If you are a homeowner with a lawn and ever had to battle crab grass, you know what I mean. Once, it takes hold, it destroys all the desirable grass, sucks the nutrients from the soil, and it's tough to eradicate. The only strategy that works is to treat it in the spring with a good pre-emergent weed killer. Kill it as it first blooms in the spring and it's gone all summer.
So too with the Occupy Movement. I’m not calling for any people to be eradicated—merely a movement which has been marked by violence, criminality, and social irresponsibility. The very workers they claim to represent are those most hurt. They are the ones who can’t get to the jobs needed to feed their families and keep their kids in school, who are forced to evacuate because of mailed envelopes of “white powder” to their places of employment to disrupt commerce. Nor is this about legitimate airing of grievances under freedom of speech. This is about criminal behavior.
My hope is the city of New York is prepared with their "pre-emergent occupier plan". The NYPD and FBI are moving quickly to pre-empt troublemakers. Break out the tear gas, fire up the water cannons, and power-wash our streets clean of these undesirable leeches on the backside of society, so the 99% of the rest of us can get to work and be productive.
Have a nice May Day! Now go tend your lawn.