You have done a courageous thing, and I think you aren’t getting enough credit for it.
I am here in my home in Hermitage, a home for which I’ve worked and saved. I find the Occupy Wall Street protests to be directionless, odd and, at times a little creepy. The franchise protests in cities across the country have struck me as little more than a bit of me-tooism, people on safari for a unique experience.
So when I heard you had written a fiat behind closed doors and mobilised a paramilitary force to shut down the Occupy Nashville protests I KNEW I had to thank you.
It was only through such a bone-headed, dictatorial, egomaniacal and ill-sighted action that I–the original You Kids Get Off My Lawn Lady–would find any common ground with these hairbags at Legislative Plaza.
Before you and your little band of khaki-pantsed thugs started pressing women’s faces into wet pavement and ziptieing their hands, I was sitting here saying things like “why don’t you try Occupying A Shower?” and “It’s hard to file a job application from behind a piece of posterboard.”
Before you started loading kids and old people into a jail bus, I was one of the folks who thought those other folks were ridiculous because they were protesting without a clear agenda.
Now you’ve given Occupy Nashville something to say. And that something is something I agree with.
This is The United States. Blood was shed to guarantee our freedom to assemble. When you quash that you spit on the graves of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,and pretty much the whole of Arlington Cemetery. Your actions show you to be a craven and a coward and, at the worst, wholly unAmerican.
Thank you for revealing your true face. May you find the rest of your sole term in office as uncomfortable as possible.
Katherine J. Boyer-Coble