Sunday, October 16, 2011

Laughable Occupy turnout demonstrates who the ‘one percent’ really is

Canadians would be flabbergasted if we ever held an election with a turnout of only 0.1%.  We’d be asking ‘what’s wrong with our system?’, ‘why aren’t more people coming out?’, ‘what are we doing wrong?’ and so forth.  We’d also quickly declare that a government elected by so few people was certainly not representative of all people – that the other 99.9% did not vote for the body elected by that 0.1%.

Yet that’s exactly the turnout at these Occupy Wall Street protests.

Protesters were quick to call themselves “the 99%” and state their frustration with “the 1%.”  But after months of failed protests across the globe, we’ve seen anything but 99% of the world’s population voice their frustration.

The truth is that this fringe group was always the 1%, complaining about things the 99% of us accept as reality.  The proof is in their miniscule turnout numbers.

Take, for example, Occupy Ottawa: 2,863 people said they’d be attending yesterday’s protest in Canada’s capital, and yet roughly 500 people actually showed up.  Only one tenth of that number – 50 to 60 people – stayed the night.  That’s not even a 20% turnout in the city where Canada’s legislature sits and makes government decisions.

Or consider the same event in Toronto.  There they only managed to boast perhaps 2,500 people.  In a city with 5.5 million in the area, that equates to a 0.045% turnout rate.

Or what about Vancouver – a city of 2.3 million people, and the hub of many socially progressive ideals (such as drug safe haven Insite)?  They too only held an ineffectual protest with 2,500 people turning out – barely one tenth of one percent.

It’s just further proof that this “movement” isn’t a movement at all – it’s a resistance group, trying to slow progress.

This resistance was never “the 99%” protesting “the 1%” of society’s elites.  This resistance has always been the 1% of society’s complainers, protesting what the 99% of us accept as good.  It’s unions demanding more money.  It’s entitled students upset they have responsibility.  It’s protesters who make a career protesting the fad of the day.  It’s people wishing they had more money.

Their despicable turnout highlights a group committed to clicking “I’m attending” an event on Facebook, but clearly not committed enough to come out and protest.  Or perhaps it illustrates that these protests were never representative of the 99% grassroots in the first place – it was Astroturf all along.

These protests are already dwindling and will soon be dead.

Good riddance.