Bad Timing

Do you know what bugs me about these planned protests this week in New York? Half of them don't even know what they're protesting for, or who they're protesting against.

Few even realize who is meeting in New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel, or further, why they're meeting there.

No matter — when global finance types meet, trouble follows. And that's to be expected.

Appointment protesting, I call it. Down to predictable appointers — Bono and Dick Gregory are just two.

I just think the timing stinks.

This is New York, after all, the scene of the single worst act of terrorism on any soil.

It's hurting. Its people are anxious. Its authorities are nervous.

Look, we all have a right to air our beefs. In a way, that's the one thing the terrorists were attacking that awful September morning. But we also have a right to act responsibly.

Not to glom onto causes and taunt, but to genuinely and honestly air grievances and speak. Not behind masks, but in front of all.

What bothers me about some protesters is that they love to hear the sound of their voices, but refuse to hear the voices of those they're protesting against.

They talk about global poverty — that's real. They don't talk about the steps many in that building are taking to address it — that's real too.

They talk about companies obligated to help their fellow man. But they don't talk about companies that have to make money first before they can help anyone.

They talk about a kangaroo court of financial leaders who set their own agenda. But they don't talk about the kangaroo court of their own judgement — leaders who are doomed to fail, before they even meet.

And when they're done, they talk about New Yorkers saying thank you. They don't talk about the more than a few who will undoubtedly say, no thank you.

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