By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
That's okay, though. For now, the protests in OC seem genuine. Warped, entrenched political interests don't yet respect the newborn movement enough to either infiltrate or co-opt it.
But as if to remind the Irvine protesters of the difficulty of their mission, an old, beat-up van drove by, the couple inside honking the horn. They weren't supportive honks. The woman—who looked to be in her mid-to-late 60s and not a patron of fashionable Newport Beach salons or swank oceanfront restaurants—angrily screamed out of her passenger window an anti-Barack Obama rant. "Nothing changed," she repeatedly yelled. "Go, George W. Bush!"
This column appeared in print as "Playing the Percentages: Even Orange County has far more 99 percenters than 1 percenters. Can Occupy OC turn their discontent into real change?"