Are hard-working dock workers on the West Coast not part of the "99 percent"? Are consumers in that region too rich to worry about higher prices resulting from delays in goods being shipped to stores?
Apparently, that's how "Occupy Wall Street" protesters in California, Oregon and Washington feel. While claiming to be acting only against the wealthiest 1 percent in our country, they shut down several docks in those states this week. Some carried weapons to the dockyards, apparently in anticipation some dockyard workers wouldn't stop unloading ships voluntarily.
When it began, the Occupy movement allegedly was a pacifistic attempt merely to call attention to injustices in the U.S. economy. It has morphed into something very different, including violent confrontations with police in several cities.
In fact, the movement has become an end in itself - an excuse to use force, not reasoned arguments in pursuit of a goal.
At one point, millions of Americans agreed in principle with the Occupiers. That is changing - and those in the movement have no one to blame but themselves.