Yesterday was a beautiful, spring-like day, so after lunch The Bus-Riding Conservative and I decided to take an extended walk. To our surprise, when we walked past the Ohio Statehouse we learned that “Occupy Columbus” is still there.
To be sure, the tents have moved since I last visited Statehouse Square months ago. They used to be right in front of the McKinley statue in the middle of the block; now they’ve been repositioned down the block to the south.
The “Occupiers” have a large white party tent, carefully taped to keep out the weather. On the front is a big sign advertising their website, as well as an ersatz American flag in which the fifty stars have been cleverly replaced with corporate logos like McDonald’s and Chevron. (Does that mean that corporations are taking the place of the fifty states, or that corporations are the true stars of the country? The message could be misconstrued.) I tried to check out the “Occupy Columbus” website shown on the large sign, but when I did Firefox sent me a warning saying that the website connection was untrusted and that I would be proceeding at my peril — so I decided the prudent course was to not satisfy my curiosity.
There were two people sitting behind the tents, enjoying the lovely weather. Other than that, there seemed to be nobody there, and there was no other activity to be seen. In short, “Occupy Columbus” is still there, occupying their little patch of Statehouse Square, but that appears to be about it.