Dear Governor Cuomo,
You can’t make up for not being as smart as your dad by being meaner than him.
Like I would know, but I think that the point of the sudden and needlessly violent crackdowns on the Occupy movement in various places is to show who’s the boss.
Andy Cuomo, the mayors of Oakland, Portland, New York City, the chancellor of UC Davis—they want it understood that they are in charge.
Who’s meant to understand this, though? I’m thinking it’s not necessarily the occupiers. I think in some cases it’s their chiefs of police.
“C’mon, mayor, if you’re really running this town, you’ll let me and my troops haul these hippies in.”
In other cases, it’s probably local business leaders.
“The holidays are coming up. You think people are going to want to come down here to shop if they got to listen to drum circles and mic checks instead of Christmas carols? You going to let those freaks wreck our businesses? What kind of mayor are you?”
But in some cases, I think it’s themselves.
Deep down they don’t believe that they are the boss or that anybody takes them seriously as the boss.
Except for Bloomberg, who knows he’s king.
Whenever I go looking for an explanation for why somebody who ought to know better is doing something really rotten or dumb, I start with vanity and ego. From there I move on to failure of will, failure of nerve, fear, and just plain stupidity.
Nicholas Kristof thinks the cops and the insecure bully mayors and administrators have done the Occupy movement a big favor.
He’s also pretty sure the evictions and crackdowns are too late, that the movement has occupied the high ground of the national agenda and isn’t about to give it up.