I’d like to take a moment to answer a very important question “whither Cordeiro?”

I guess the best way to answer that question is to borrow a line from the Book of Job and reply “going to and fro on the earth and walking up and down on it.” Over the past four months or so I’ve seen wide swaths of the fruited plain and been across this great nation from sea to shining sea. I’ve availed myself of every opportunity to violate the Obama freedom limitation doctrine and thus I’ve eaten as much as I wanted, driven my (rented) SUVs as much as I’ve wanted, and kept my various hotel rooms at a balmy 68 degrees – just because I can.

In doing so, I’ve also had the opportunity to see the “Occupy (Insert Metro Area Here)” movement from several different vantage points. I’ve seen the tent cities in Washington, DC, Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and St. Louis. From all my observations I have but one piece of advice for anyone desiring to see the “Occupy (Insert Metro Area Here)” cabal:

Never stand down wind of the encampment, or the protestors for that matter. Experience it for yourself if you must, but don’t complain you weren’t warned.

For the most part, the encampments are little more than a disruption in the day to day operations of whichever metro area the Occupy people happen to be in. Life goes on despite the banging of drums and waving of signs – much to the chagrin of the assembled urban campers…ooops…I mean “occupiers”. A few days ago, Fox News’ Neil Cavuto made mincemeat of an Occupy Portland spokesbabe as she tried (and failed miserably) to explain how disrupting port operations in Oregon would result in the desired effect – which evidently is to “stick it to the 1%” where it hurts. Evidently the 1% has a pain center someplace in Portland.

As a resident of the DC metro area, I’ve grown accustomed to the astroturf protests manufactured by the left side of the political spectrum. As a matter of habit I ignore them as most people in DC do. Well, the Occupy DC crowd started to take offense to people studiously ignoring their drum solos and so last Wednesday they took to the streets of DC to storm K Street and other nearby government and corporate offices.

What the story doesn’t tell you is several Occupy thugs also stormed a building housing the DC offices of General Electric. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal except for the fact that this same building also houses the Warner Theatre where 1,500 school children and associated people had come to see my daughter Corderinha perform in the Washington Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. So, while the Occupy crowd may claim they spent their time “sticking it to the 1%” all they really did was terrorize a bunch of young children (all from low-income DC neighborhood schools) whose only crime against the so-called 99% was trying to take in an afternoon ballet matinee.

As this is a politically themed blog, I’m sure by now you’re asking “C’mon, Cordeiro, what’s the political angle here?” Thanks for asking. The Community Organizer in Chief, commonly referred to as The One sees the Occupy (Insert Metro Area Here) thugs not as a menace, but rather as his core constituency. They are, by his own admission, his inspiration. Said The One:

Young people like the ones here today, including the ones who were just chanting at me —you’re the reason I ran for office in the first place.

In some alternate non-bizarro space time continuum where the nation’s Chief Executive is elected according to his/her ability, capacity, and dedication to upholding and defending the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic, The One is huddled in a tent someplace in downtown Chicago trying to convince a few dozen people to occupy an office building. Sadly, that time/space is not ours and we have to live in a reality where Time Magazine declares The Protestor to be the 2011 “person of the year”.

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