I just attended a local Occupy rally!Submitted by R-Double on Sat, 10/15/2011 - 17:57
I have some good and some bad experiences to tell you all about my local Oregon Occupy rally. First the good. I was standing near the back with my Ron Paul sign under my arm and my RP button on my sweatshirt when a guy came up because he noticed who I supported. He told me that he was an Iraq Army veteran and was a Ron Paul supporter. I shook his hand, thanked him for his service, and then told him he should join our local meetup group! Hope he does! I also talked to some nice leftists who actually considered my thoughts about how the libertarian right and civil-liberty left should join together on issues like ending the wars and personal liberty. As for the bad. This weird dude came up to me because he saw my RP sign. He had a cardboard sign that said something like democracy now. He proceeded to get confrontational saying that he had already run some Ron Paul supporters off beacause this movement wasn't for us. I told him that he wasn't going to run me off because this is a free country! I tried and tried to reason with him on the banks, corporate control, and the wars, but he just wasn't listening. I couldn't even get him to explain what his positions were. Basically he just wanted to argue with any point I made because he didn't have any of his own. I told him that I don't want to run his life so why do I bother him. Finally I just said I don't want to talk to you anymore because you aren't explaining what you want to do with this country and I moved away from him because it was hopeless. Yikes! Besides that incident, it was an overall success because the soldiers support made my day! Peace.