It's not that people love bankers or aren't concerned about income inequality. Nor are they oblivious to how a select few - corporations, unions, the politically connected - can manipulate the system to their advantage.
It's just that they apparently don't think a bunch of kooks, loons, communists, anarchists, and dirty necked galoots have the answers:
A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows that the "Occupy" movement has failed to capture the attention of a majority of Americans, indicating either ambivalence toward it or lack of interest.
The poll finds that 56% of Americans surveyed are neither supporters nor opponents and 59% say they don't know enough to have an opinion about the movement's goals.
The survey, however, does show an increase from 20% to 31% in disapproval of the way the protests are being conducted.
Results are based on phone interviews Saturday and Sunday on the Gallup Daily tracking survey, with a random sample of 996 adults, ages 18 or over, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, chosen using random-digit dial sampling.
The margin of error is ±4 percentage points.
OWS tactics might have worked - in 1970 or 80 when the media could be manipulated and played like a violin. Who can forget the theatrical performances of the Chicago 7 whose trial for fomenting the 1968 Democratic convention riots held the nation spellbound for weeks. Those guys had the media in their back pocket and before the trial was over, had people cheering them on. (All seven were acquitted of the most serious charges).
It's like many of these idiots stepped out of a time machine. "Well, it worked back in the 60's, why not try it again?" is the attitude of many. Thankfully, they appear small and petulant rather than heroic to most Americans. In six months, will anyone remember what the fuss was about?