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November 13, 2011

Another Day, Another Round of #Occupy Child Abuse Updates

Occupiers around the country appear to be heading home, and #Occupy Portland kids packed up a few days ago.  Still, #Occupy San Francisco is hanging on, now armed with shivs.  As I mentioned earlier, #Occupy San Fran solicits family participation.

Occupy child abuse

99% of #Occupy kids need a nap.

I’m sure everyone heard of the Denver, CO High School teacher who took her students to disrupt a conservative blogging convention.  I suppose somebody has to show them how to violate the rights of others, but it doesn’t have to be her.  #Occupy Denver already had a parents group.

A woman is raped at #Occupy Philadelphia, and I hope it’s not this newlywed:

Occupy Phili child abuse

A gallery of bad decisions: This single mother brought her 2-year-old to the camp, met a man, and, a month later, married him.

According to this video, the scene is changing in Zuccotti, prudent occupiers are leaving, Zuccotti lung and all, but some children are still around.  (Via Instapundit.)

Personally, I would not take my young family to any kind of political event because I feel that it’s exploitive.  Others make a point that older children need to observe their parents exercising their their 1st Amendment rights.  When parents feel compelled to participate and have no alternative child care, they bring their children to rallies.  I respect their choices.

#Occupy is no ordinary political rally.  The breakdown of social order at the squatter sites was predictable.  That parasites and airborne diseases will turn up at the camps was only a matter of time.  At the time Zuccotti announced its first family sleepover, it was already notorious for poor hygiene and drug use.  Perhaps some parents were naive.  Still others thought this kind of lifestyle is the norm.  All volunteered to put their children’s sweet faces on a very nasty happening.

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13 Comments »

  1. Good post! Whenever I have gone to Tea Party events, there are no kids. Because there is always a potential for trouble at a demonstration, kids do not belong. So we hold our rallies, clean up, and go home. The idea is to show we have numbers, not to blackmail the public into giving us what we want.

    Except to worsen the reputations of those people who were foolish enough to associate their name with them, these occupy people have served no useful purpose.

    Comment by Citizen Tom — November 13, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

  2. what a buch of re treads!..UGH!!! .Hope u had a nice weekend~!:)

    Comment by Angel — November 13, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

  3. This is getting uglier and uglier!

    Were the Right to treat children in this manner, the mainstream news would be all over the story.

    I grow SO weary of the double standard. It’s going to be America’s undoing!

    Comment by Always On Watch — November 14, 2011 @ 7:02 am

  4. Ignorant parents first, child safety second. How sick is that?

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — November 14, 2011 @ 11:39 am

  5. Citizen Tom,
    I never went to any Tea Parties, in part because I have little children, but also because I’m in the closet. I’m sure if I were to show up there with two little ones, somebody would snap our picture. But most of all, I just didn’t see how I can meet my kids’ needs and attend a political rally.
    Tea Parties didn’t issue any call for parents to bring kids to the rallies the way #Occupy does.

    AOW,
    I’m sure the issue would be on the front cover of NYT, and CPS would be taking the kids away, and rightly so.

    Comment by edge of the sandbox — November 14, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

  6. Now if only our useless spineless, manless, testicle-less mayor would get rid of Occupy Wall Street here in NYC. Never going to happen.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — November 14, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

  7. That’s a good point about the way OWS folks specifically seek the faces of children in order to validate and normalize their group. Tea Parties never needed any normalizing, of course.

    I took the boys to the Restoring Honor Rally in DC 2010 and the Taxpayer’s March in DC 2009, and a handful of local events. It really never occurred to me to do otherwise, as one of us grownups would have to miss it in order to stay home with the kids. The same could be said for many of the OWS parents, except who in their right mind chooses to expose their young to shanty towns?

    I suppose it was selfish to make the boys endure the events, as they were mostly bored. But if you mean exploitative as using the kids as a prop, well, no, that wasn’t the intention.

    cheers my friend.
    Lin

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — November 14, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

  8. That photo of the woman with the 2 year old looks like DC in front of the Old Executive Office Building.

    Comment by Harrison — November 14, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

  9. I used to see some kids at Tea Parties, but they also were being schooled in how to behave. I have some pictures from past events… though I also went out of my way to ask the parents’ permission if the kids were under 18.

    That said, you could at least say these parents are taking an interest in their kids enough to spend time with them during the day. I’m just trying to be an optimist.

    Comment by Jim Fister — November 15, 2011 @ 10:07 am

  10. Infidel,
    I think you are getting your wish.

    Linda,
    I don’t think it’s a parent’s job to provide non-stop entertainment for their kids. I don’t think a single Tea Party mother endangered his child’s well-being by taking her child to the event.

    Jim,
    I actually thought about blacking out kid’s faces in the pictures, but I think it’s important to show the expressions. If people take their kids to political events, they should expect pictures to be taken. In fact, that’s the point.

    Comment by edge of the sandbox — November 15, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    • WOW.
      You leave your kids home because you are NOT proud of your organization, tea party is not for children, that is true.
      We are proud to have children at OWS. They are our future while yours are at a day care shooting people on video games.

      Comment by Randy Jones — November 26, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

      • Can’t figure out if it’s a real occupier or a tea partier channeling one. Either way, hilarious.

        Comment by edge of the sandbox — November 27, 2011 @ 8:24 am

  11. […] mothers in my liberal neck of the woods either stay home or wish they could.  A few days ago, an occupy troll stopped by to make a comment that “[Occupy kids] are our future while yours are at a day care […]

    Pingback by Why Have Kids If Not to Spend Time With Them? « sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue — November 28, 2011 @ 2:04 pm


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