Curtis Mayfield once sang, People get ready, there's a train a comin'. Today we can plainly see the people are ready, it's the train that needs to stay on track and keep a'comin'. The eviction of the Occupy demonstrations from overnight encampments on public property brings into focus something we have known all along. The call for change, meaningful change, has been heard. The next phase, to be successful, will require responsible and thoughtful leadership.
Yes, there will again be instances in which actions of civil disobedience should be employed to capture certain tactical goals. I would rate the initial high-pitched cry of outrage through the illegal demonstrations on public property as an example of the efficacy of such actions. But there must be an intelligent predicate for such moves. In this case, there simply was no other way of breaking through the blather of nonsense which passes for news reporting and political debate nowadays to simply make the point that the status quo cannot hold. Well done.
Now, peaceful as well as lawful actions must be the course to travel in laying out the road to a better day. Only if these watchwords are kept to, will there be any hope of continuing to build public support. As that support grows, it then makes more and more sense to directly challenge immoral and unjust legal burdens by calling for such protests as resisting foreclosures by staying put or refusing to pay usurious interest and bogus bank charges. Such moves help point to the areas where legal changes need to be made. But they must be folded into a wider strategy of large and lawful protest. That is the track the train must roll on. Lots of folks are waiting to get on board.