BlevinsBees, there's nothing wrong with making your voice heard. we have not only a right to speak up, but a duty. you and i may differ on what we protest, but i don't have any problem with people standing up when they feel the need.
there is a difference, and you know it better than most, between exercising our right to speech and assembly, and civil disobedience. we might engage in civil disobedience when we feel our cause if righteous, but we are not excused from the consequences when we make that choice.
as jack pointed out, to many of these groups have moved from protest to criminal behavior. in addition, they have cost those of us who DO pay taxes, 100's of thousands of dollars. millions of dollars over the entire country.
so...a few people with a good complaint, and thousands with their heads up their backside and their hands out for stuff, cost all of us the use of our parks, millions of dollars in damage and security cost, women were raped, people were killed..... the communists and socialist got some new recruits.....and wall street still stands.
you never were protesting against the right people, or protesting in the right place.