Starting Saturday, Lake County will have its own version of Occupy Wall Street on Saturday at Wooton Park in Tavares.
Ours may be a little less, shall we say, colorful than the campout currently in progress in New York City.
For those a little confused about all this Occupy business, here's a primer:
On Sept. 17, a group of angry folks who say the wealthy have taken over the government and are using it to make themselves even wealthier and to abuse the rest of us moved into Liberty Square in New York.
They vowed to stay to make their point, and they're still there. The movement has spread to cities across the nation, including Orlando, as well as internationally. The U.S. isn't the only country in economic distress, and Occupy's complaints resonate with people around the world.
They're sick of corporate greed, joblessness, growing inequality, corporate bailouts, home foreclosures and other economic woes.
It's hard not to give them credit. Most average people are just as mad but don't feel as though they can do anything to change it. So they stay home while the wealthiest power brokers continue to use government to trample people.
Everything was fine when two parents in a family could work to provide what was needed, but now the jobs aren't there, and using equity from the family home is virtually impossible, too.
So, the Occupy protesters are mad, but what do they want, specifically? Their website says they want to "restore democracy" to America. That's a bit vague. Clearly, one of their goals is to start having government exist to benefit the average citizen, not the average corporation.
But the question of how to get to that goal remains. Most political watchers believe the energy and strength of the Occupy movement will depend on whether it can establish some clear-cut goals and paths to get there.
A columnist at Forbes magazine, among others, excoriated the protesters as economic dunces. That hardly seems fair. Not many people understand the complicated derivatives created by Wall Street that helped cause the crash in the housing market.
But most everybody understands basic fairness and has a idea of why societies create governments and how they should function.
Greg "Tank" Olson is in that category.
The self-described "broken-down anatomy teacher" and former Social Security disability supervisor is behind the Occupy Tavares movement set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
The 59-year-old Vietnam-era Navy veteran lost his teaching job at a Maitland college in July and hasn't been able to find one since. He's been watching the Occupy Orlando movement and started talking about it to friends.
"Some people in my sphere of acquaintance said, 'We gotta do it here,' and I said, 'Get outta town. You gotta be insane.' But then I started thinking, and I thought this 'No, this will be the perfect place,'" Olson said.
Consider that Lake County has a high number of retirees, and those folks were hit just as badly by Wall Street's economic hijinks as working families.
"This mirrors the civil-rights movement," Olson said. "The power elite have to see this is a freaking groundswell movement, and that's got to be frightening."
Olson said he'll be the master of ceremonies who will be inviting people from the crowd to tell their stories and to suggest what the group should do.
As far as camping out and "occupying" Wooton Park? Who knows, Olson said. It will be up to the group. Ah, well. This is Lake County, and we have a tendency to do things our own way.
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