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Occupy Wall Street Mainstreams Communism

by Matthew Vadium

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occupyThough many have declared the Occupy Wall Street movement a failure, it won a major propaganda victory when it forced the phony political issue of “income inequality” into the national political debate, according to one of its leaders in a new article.

The article, titled The Triumph of Occupy Wall Street, appears at the Atlantic, the home of radical leftists, market participants in the racial grievance industry, and mushy moderates.

It was written by radical left-winger Michael Levitin, a co-founder of The Occupied Wall Street Journal, an OWS “affinity group.” (Its website had not been updated in 1,000 days at time of writing.) The article is a mixture of truth and bald-faced lies that slavishly defends a philosophy of failure and a movement that is based on Marxist lies, as David Horowitz and John Perazzo demonstrated in their pamphlet Occupy Wall Street: The Communist Movement Reborn. Despite the various problems with Levitin’s article, he points to an unfortunate side-effect of the short-lived movement: the left has become more bold in its open promotion of communist themes and ideology and is pushing them into mainstream politics like never before.

The fairly recent sharpening of rhetoric in which the mythical “one percent” are depicted as the class enemies of everyone else is new in the American experience. Not everyone accepts the frame, but few challenge it, even among conservatives.

This national brainwashing through the power of repetition has boosted left-wing causes such as organized labor’s destructive push for a $15 an hour minimum wage. It has helped greens advance their antisocial causes such as opposition to fracking, opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, and a divestment movement on college campuses that claims to have forced universities and institutional investment funds to unload $50 billion in fossil fuel investments. It has also emboldened left-wingers to push for student loan forgiveness and step up their attacks on the First Amendment by pushing a constitutional amendment that would reverse the Citizens United ruling and overturn the ancient legal principle that corporations are “persons” capable of raising funds and suing and being sued. In other words, the Left is waging a full-scale war on both the Bill of Rights and the legal concept of limited liability, the beating heart of free enterprise.

The protests and rampant criminality on display with Occupy Wall Street distracted from the endless scandals and policy failures of the Obama administration. This helped to get President Obama reelected in 2012 in an election that he should have lost big time. By nominating Mitt Romney whose net worth was said to be at least $250 million, Republican primary voters unwittingly helped to advance the false leftist narrative that the GOP was the party of out-of-touch rich people.

This allowed the media to run all sorts of hit pieces disguised as human interest stories. For example, the media focused on the fact that Romney’s wife, Ann, owns several champion dressage horses and competes in tournaments in what most people would consider to be a rich person’s sport. Always deemphasized was the fact that she suffers from multiple sclerosis, a terribly debilitating disease that among other things robs its victims of muscle control, and that riding has been so therapeutic for her that it, in her words, “saved my life.”

Occupy Wall Street has had a discernible impact, Levitin writes.

Nearly four years after the precipitous rise of Occupy Wall Street, the movement so many thought had disappeared has instead splintered and regrown into a variety of focused causes. Income inequality is the crisis du jour—a problem that all 2016 presidential candidates must grapple with because they can no longer afford not to. And, in fact, it’s just one of a long list of legislative and political successes for which the Occupy movement can take credit.

He is correct when he writes about the words Americans now use when discussing politics. “Until recently, Occupy’s chief accomplishment was changing the national conversation by giving Americans a new language—the 99 percent and the 1 percent—to frame the dual crises of income inequality and the corrupting influence of money in politics.”

As this writer observed three years ago, the Occupy movement that began in lower Manhattan, complete with “rape tents” and rampant crime, has reframed the political debate — for the worse.

It is now impossible to turn on the radio or television without hearing public affairs and political issues framed in Marxist terms, as matters of so-called economic equality pitting the “1 percent” against the “99 percent.”

In an act of self-congratulation, Levitin took credit on behalf of Occupy for Hillary Clinton telling Iowans in April that “the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top.” Clinton’s rhetoric has gotten even sharper in recent weeks as she sharpens the blade on her class-warfare guillotine.

“[T]he debate over inequality sparked by Occupy has radically remade the Democratic Party,” he contends in one of his more dubious assertions. Levitin ignores the fact that the far Left captured that party in 1972 in Miami when it nominated George McGovern to take on President Nixon. “There won’t be any riots in Miami because the people who rioted in Chicago [at the 1968 Democratic convention] are on the Platform Committee,” then-Democratic delegate Ben Wattenberg wrote of the 1972 convention.

Occupy has merely cleared the way for Democratic lawmakers in Congress to become more in-your-face about their beliefs without causing much of a backlash.

Occupy Wall Street has shifted perceptions. That admitted socialist Bernie Sanders, whose career is devoted to regurgitating tedious Marxist cliches, is even being taken seriously as a Clinton challenger is more proof of how Occupy has changed the nation’s political culture. Levitin implies that Occupy somehow moved Sanders to the left, as if such a thing were possible.

Sanders is Occupy Wall Street. Not surprisingly, Sanders was the first U.S. senator in 2011 to declare his support for Occupy Wall Street, praising its activists for focusing a “spotlight” on the need for “real Wall Street reform.”

Bernie has long believed in the doctrinaire drivel he has been spouting since he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont. He displayed a Soviet flag in his mayoral office and in 1985 visited Nicaragua to celebrate the sixth anniversary of Daniel Ortega and his Marxist-Leninist Sandinista government’s rise to power. According to AIM’s Cliff Kincaid, in the 1980s Sanders “collaborated with Soviet and East German ‘peace committees’” whose aim was “to stop President Reagan’s deployment of nuclear missiles in Europe.” He also “openly joined the Soviets’ ‘nuclear freeze’ campaign to undercut Reagan’s military build-up.”

But now, courtesy of the Occupy movement which has de-stigmatized certain aspects of the Marxist faith, people no longer laugh at Sanders when he waxes ignorant on his worldview.

Republican candidates for the White House, too, have swallowed the Bolshevik bait, Levitin writes gleefully:

Even leading Republican contenders have jumped on the inequality bandwagon: Jeb Bush, through his Right to Rise PAC, asserted that “the income gap is real,” while Ted Cruz admitted that “the top 1 percent earn a higher share of our income nationally than any year since 1928,” and Marco Rubio proposed reversing inequality by turning the earned-income tax credit into a subsidy for low-wage earners.

Levitin’s article is yet more proof that left-wingers struggle with economics and basic math and that facts are never an obstacle when trying to advance the narrative.

Rubio doesn’t want to convert the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) into a subsidy for low-wage earners because it already is one. EITC is a welfare program that provides a taxpayer subsidy for low-wage earners. The IRS acknowledges that last year it paid out more than $66 billion in EITC benefits to nearly 28 million eligible individuals and families. Because it is a “refundable tax credit,” many recipients got benefits even if they had no tax withheld.

Rubio has offered an as yet vague proposal under which EITC would continue to function as a subsidy for low-wage earners. The Florida senator proposes changing some of the details of the program such as sending benefits monthly instead of once a year at tax-filing time.

Although Ted Cruz, a Republican senator from Texas, did say what Levitin attributes to him (on Fox News Channel on Jan. 20 of this year), Cruz wasn’t necessarily buying into the idea that income inequality is a problem. He was pointing out that Obama’s policies have worsened this so-called problem about which the Left incessantly whines. Unfortunately, he refrained from attacking the premises on which the leftist complaint about “income equality” rests.

Still, the fact that Cruz felt the need to discuss the income inequality boogeyman at all is a testament to the effectiveness of Occupy Wall Street.

How America has changed in the Obama era.

Few could have imagined just a few years ago that Marxist class-consciousness would nowadays be taken seriously even by Republican presidential candidates. The GOPers don’t seem to realize that they should not grant this communistic claptrap even a smidgen of legitimacy by helping it enter standard political discourse. It won’t appeal to good, patriotic Americans, or to that much sought-after creature, the Independent voter.

This so-called issue should not be addressed by Republicans at all, unless they seek to discredit it as a concept. Economic inequality, as the Left calls this non-problem, is not a glitch; it is an essential feature of capitalism.

It is a virtue, not an evil. The fact of economic inequality is proof that freedom exists; in fact the two ideas are inextricably bound together. A recognition that people are different and that forcing them to behave a certain way is generally a bad idea, are what made this country great and prosperous. Americans should never, ever apologize for these foundational ideas.

At risk of sounding pedantic, it needs to be said that sometimes people have to be reminded of the obvious fact that human beings have different abilities and characteristics. This is as it should be. Some are tall; some are short. Some are physically attractive; some are plain or unattractive. Some are smart; some are simple-minded. Some have marketable skills; others less so.

This is simply the way it is. This is reality and in a sane America this would be where all political discussions begin. The Framers of the Constitution knew this and they designed the Constitution with human nature in mind. Many Americans seem to have forgotten this basic point. They don’t understand that only those at war with reality want to perfect humanity or redistribute wealth. From V.I. Lenin to Kim Jong-un, the utopian schemes of those who refuse to accept human beings as they are have generated oceans of blood.

There is no upside for Republicans to pander to the media or the mobs in the streets on economic inequality because those who consider it to be a legitimate issue are so far gone that they won’t vote for Republicans anyway.

On the positive side, apart from Obama’s reelection, not too many Democrats, the natural beneficiaries of populist, class-warfare politics, have benefitted from what OWS did. Democrats were crushed by Republicans in the congressional elections last year. Voters flipped control of the U.S. Senate to the GOP and strengthened the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Republicans’ majority control of state legislatures and governors’ mansions only increased as a result of an election that was, depending on the psephological metrics used, the Democratic Party’s worst showing of all time.

George Soros, the Chinese Communism-loving anti-American hedge fund manager, certainly got his money’s worth. The international pariah dubbed the uncrowned king of Eastern Europe by one critic, helped to overthrow the governments of Serbia and Georgia. He has cut checks to generate unrest in Turkey and Egypt, and strongly supported Barack Obama’s candidacy. Supporting Obama makes sense because Soros believes that “the main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.” It is no coincidence that Obama holds the same belief.

Naturally, Soros is an ardent supporter of Occupy Wall Street which he has praised as “an inchoate, leaderless manifestation of protest.” According to Soros, the movement has “put on the agenda issues that the institutional left has failed to put on the agenda for a quarter of a century.”

Levitin agrees, acknowledging that short-term electoral conquest was never the goal of the community organizers, dirty hippies, and rapists of Occupy Wall Street.

The objective was to infect the national political conversation with Marxist tropes and ideology, which is unfortunately a new reality in America.

The Summer of Disruption in America

By Boyd Richard Boyd

As the summer of 2012 heats up, the George Soros financed Occupy Walls Street will be more about disruption of the working class than trying to get the working class to join. The OWS strategy to cause a major disruption could be as simple as turning a knob.

When OWS was still just a dream in the minds of Van Jones, Anonymous, the unions, and the like, these people and entities must have had in their heads the wishful scenario wherein the majority of Americans, known by OWS as the working class, would see the justness of the Occupy cause and with their greedy little hearts run to the streets, lugging tents behind them, demanding unearned money from the rich and swelling the numbers of Occupy into a political force to stand toe-to-toe with the Tea Party.
Instead, OWS, unlike the Tea Party, showed no purpose it was willing to make explicit and no demands it was willing to reveal, while exhibiting rampant lawlessness, racist and sexist incivility, and a startling lack of depth.

OWS leadership most likely assume that their failure to get the working class is the fault of the 1% — or the bourgeoisie, as Lenin called them — who, thanks to capitalism, are “in a position to bribe the upper strata of the proletariat; these strata, so bribed, naturally behave as ‘traitors.'” You, your friends, and your neighbors, through imperialism (capitalism), are being bribed (earning a paycheck) by your bourgeoisie overlords (bosses) to be traitors (non-communist) — and that’s why the working class haven’t shown their solidarity to OWS.

The gloves are about to come off for the Occu-Proletariat, and they are about to target all the class traitors to the cause. The venom they have been reserving for the rich and/or Jews will now be spewed at the majority of their class peers — the turncoats who have chosen to keep being productive each day instead of camping in their own waste at Zuccotti Park.

How can they completely disrupt the nation, cost millions of dollars to major industries, and really put the screws to the working class? Occupy Air Toilets, of course. The strategy would be simple. OWS members in each state would book flights on different airlines over one day. When the planes go up in the air, the Occupiers simply get up from their seats, walk into the restrooms, lock the doors and refuse to come out. The little “Occupied” sign would even be lit up — what a YouTube moment! Don’t be surprised to hear rumblings on the progressive grapevine about the Occupy Air Toilet J5SDS (July 5th Sit-Down Strike) to be held on the 87th anniversary of the Wagner Act, which set up the National Labor Relations Board.
Occupy Air Toilets would only be a first, high-profile strike at the transportation and service sectors — two sectors which have many friendly and sympathetic unionists willing to aid or simply look the other way. And after pulling similar stunts in buses, trains, bars, restaurants, and even elevators in high-rise office buildings by overcrowding them and refusing to leave, what will be the next step on the OWS agenda?

Things will escalate to explicit, widespread, coordinated crime and violence. Of course, it will be directed at the cops at first. At first. OWS will probably even bring back their original Day of Rage moniker from September 17, 2011. Why the “newfound” thirst for violence from the self-labeled non-violent movement?

OWS will remember these words of Lenin:
The revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat is won and maintained by the use of violence by the proletariat against the bourgeoisie, rule that is unrestricted by any laws.
And if not, surely OWS will remember the words of former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers, from page 2 of Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism:
The only path to the final defeat of imperialism and the building of socialism is revolutionary war. [snip]

Revolutionary war will be complicated and protracted. It includes mass struggle and clandestine struggle, peaceful and violent, political and economic, cultural and military, where all forms are developed in harmony with the armed struggle.

Without mass struggle there can be no revolution.
Without armed struggle there can be no victory.

After all, George Soros and Ayers is standing right there with OWS, cheerleading them into the toilet.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/the_summer_of_disruption.html#ixzz1wGBJ6Qk

George Soro’s Occupy Wall Street Plans to Start Again with Global Protests in May Day Resurgence

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, whose anti-greed message spread worldwide during an eight-week encampment in Lower Manhattan last year, plan marches across the globe today calling attention to what they say are abuses of power and wealth.
Organizers say they hope the coordinated events will mark a spring resurgence of the movement after a quiet winter. Calls for a general strike with no work, no school, no banking and no shopping have sprung up on websites in Toronto, Barcelona, London, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, among hundreds of cities in North America, Europe and Asia.

The Occupy movement in New York has relied on demonstrations and marches around the city since Nov. 15, when police ousted hundreds of protesters from their headquarters in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street, where they had camped since Sept. 17.
Banks have pooled resources and cooperated to gather intelligence after learning of plans to picket 99 institutions and companies, followed by what organizers have described as an 8 p.m. “radical after-party” in an undetermined Financial District location.
“If the banks anticipate outrage from everyday citizens, it’s revealing of their own guilt,” said Shane Patrick, a member of the Occupy Wall Street press team. “If they hadn’t been participating in maneuvers that sent the economy into the ditch, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.”
Police Prepared
New York police can handle picketers, according to Paul Browne, the department’s chief spokesman.
“We’re experienced at accommodating lawful protests and responding appropriately to anyone who engages in unlawful activity, and we’re prepared to do both,” he said in an interview.
About 2,100 Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York have been arrested since the demonstrations began, said Bill Dobbs, a member of the group’s media-relations team.
In U.S. District Court in Manhattan yesterday, four City Council members accused JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Brookfield Office Properties Inc. (BPO), Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, of suppressing free speech and using excessive force against protesters.
Organizers describe the May Day events as a coming together of the Occupy movement, with activists also calling for more open immigration laws, expanded labor rights and cheaper financing for higher education. Financial institutions remain a primary target of the protests.
Bigger Banks
“Four years after the financial crisis, not a single of the too-big-to-fail banks is smaller; in fact, they all continue to grow in size and risk,” the group’s press office said in an April 26 e-mail.
Five banks — JPMorgan, Bank of America, Citigroup Inc. (C), Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC), and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) together held $8.5 trillion in assets at the end of 2011, equal to 56 percent of the U.S. economy, compared with 43 percent in 2006, according to central bankers at the Federal Reserve.
Occupy Wall Street began planning for May Day in January, meeting in churches and union halls with a decision-making system that avoids a single leader. Instead, participants rely on group “break-out” sessions in which clusters discuss such tasks as crowd-building, logistics and communications.
About 150 attended an April 25 meeting at the Greenwich Village headquarters of the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union, making last-minute preparations for how to deploy legal and medical help; site selection for picketing; purchasing, production and distribution of protest signs; and how to talk to reporters.
Blockades Planned
The meeting convened inside the union hall basement, where attendees arranged chairs in a circle as three facilitators asked each of the assembled to identify themselves by first name and gender — he, she or they. Most appeared under age 30, though gray-haired baby boomers also participated. One of the older attendees pulled a ski mask over his head to protest the presence of a photographer from Tokyo.
Today, beginning at 8 a.m. in Bryant Park, scheduled events include teach-ins, art performances and a staging area for “direct action and civil disobedience,” such as bank blockades.
Tom Morello of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Rage Against the Machine along with 1,000 other guitar-playing musicians will accompany a march to Union Square at 2 p.m., according to the maydaynyc.org website. That will be followed by a “unity rally” at Union Square at 4 p.m.; a march from there to Wall Street at 5:30 p.m.; and a walk to a staging area for “evening actions,” which organizers at the April 25 meeting said would be the so-called after-party.
Golden Gate
Occupy-related events are planned in 115 cities throughout the U.S., from college towns such as Amherst, Massachusetts, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Philadelphia.
In San Francisco, a group calling itself the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition abandoned a plan to close the span while carrying on with a day of picketing to support bridge, ferry and bus workers seeking reduced health-care benefit costs, according to its website. Protesters still plan a rally at 7 a.m. at the toll plaza, without blocking the bridge, the group said in a statement.
Across the bay in Oakland, protesters said they intend morning marches on banks and the Chamber of Commerce, followed by an afternoon rally and a march downtown.
“We’re looking forward to vigorously asserting our constitutional right to protest and giving a loud outcry about Wall Street and greed,” Dobbs said. “We’re hoping this will make a splash. We hope it will bring a lot of more people into the Occupy movement.”
To contact the reporters on this story: Henry Goldman in New York at hgoldman@bloomberg.net; Esmé E. Deprez in New York at edeprez@bloomberg.net
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman at smerelman@bloomberg.net

Organized Anarchy Leads to One Last Question

In the topsey turvey world of 21st century America those who live by the kindness of strangers wish to dictate how much kindness they deserve changing the strangers from benefactors to victims.  We have reached a point where our national motto should be “Stand and Deliver” as a runaway government devours everything in sight in an effort to satisfy the growing demands of their pre-programmed supporters. 

America has taken such a bizarre turn that oxymorons are the only things that make sense any more.  Organized anarchy has exploited militant apathy to create regulated liberty so that producers must provide for slackers and the informed must follow the dictates of the willfully ignorant. You can’t fix stupid but there is a cure for ignorance.  If we could just get these products of public education and sports hypnosis to take off the blinders long enough to understand the meaning behind the matrix perhaps we could garner one more electoral victory to stop us before we step off the cliff.  Except of course the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media are working as hard as they can to make sure our choice comes down to Tweedle De and Tweedle Dum. 

Our Progressive era seeks to change the old adage, “Those who refuse to learn from History are doomed to repeat it” to “Those who refuse to learn from History doom the rest of us to repeat it.”  The patients have seized control of the asylum.  The land of the free and the home of the brave is transforming into the land of the free lunch and the home of the knaves.  Symbiosis is the living together in more or less intimate association or close union of two dissimilar organisms as in parasitism. What we are witnessing today is symbiosis on steroids wherein the parasite isn’t merely along for the ride but instead demands the driver’s seat. 

Looking at the almost bewildering explosion of reality we call today our minds behold the organized anarchy of the occupy everywhere movement that is spreading around the world.  We are now witnessing a government supported revolution akin to Mao’s Cultural Revolution. This isn’t a revolt of the 99% seeking to devour the 1% it is the 46% that pay no federal taxes seeking to increase the production from their 54% milk cows. To call forcing one segment of the population to work to support another segment of the population paying your fair share makes theft a contribution and bondage a responsibility.  

The people involved express a variety of causes.  They want a bailout for home owners who are upside down or in foreclosure.  At the same time they want those who accepted the bailout on Wall Street prosecuted.  They want student loans forgiven, wars stopped, big corporations downsized, and an end to capitalism.  Many politicians and their major media publicity machine have embraced the movement labeling it the Progressive version of the Ta Party.  This is a window on the future.  Showing the silent majority what is to come: a shabby world where the Lilliputians have not only bound Gulliver they have harnessed him to the cart and forced him to be their beast of burden. 

By seeking the destruction of capitalism instead of seeking to break the umbilical cord between the crony capitalists and their bought and paid for politicians what they really seek is to force us to worship the myth of free enterprise as we sacrifice the energy and inventiveness of the productive on the altar of the indolent. 

It is time to lay our cards on the table.  It is time to call a spade a spade.  Capitalism is an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined by competition in a free market.  Socialism is an economic characterized by collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.  Fascism is an economic system that exalts the nation above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government with severe economic regimentation.  Essentially fascism is socialism pretending to be capitalism since private ownership exists in a government straightjacket. 

Which of these systems do we have?  Which of these systems is staring us in the face every day? 

I challenge anyone and everyone to take this test.   Watch the stock market for one month.  Watch its ups and downs.  What you will see is that the market does not move because of innovation or production it moves in response to government actions, statements, and policies.  While we still have private ownership the government is increasingly regulating and controlling the economy.  Take the test.  Review the definitions above and you decide.  Which of these systems do we have?  Or does it have us? 

America has never experienced a truly capitalistic system.  We were born under mercantilism. We grew to power under Henry Clay’s American System of nationalistic paternalism.  We have flirted with socialism in a mixed system since FDR reshuffled the deck and institutionalized the New Deal.  And now we struggle to maintain some visage of freedom at the edge of a crony capitalism whose Progressive public-private security blanket has become the pillow that smothers all incentive.  We have morphed from a representative republic operating on democratic principles into a state wholly owned by a good old boy coalition composed of the perpetually re-elected, the unions, and the crony capitalists: the Outfit

The over educated under informed lemmings that call themselves the 99% are being duped by the Outfit.  They are a collective battering ram assailing the last remnants of American individualism.  They are using the threat of social unrest to demand the final triumph of “I want what I want” over “I get what I earn.” 

What’s the cure for the Great Recession?  Is it more government spending and more government control as the Outfit and their 99% fellow-travelers tell us?  Is it “Drill baby drill” and a return to a golden-age of pure capitalism that never really existed?  

First we must understand our situation.  What is the cause of the chronic state of our anemic recovery?  Is it as our president tells us and the world: Americans are soft, arrogant  and lazy?  Or have we finally reached the tipping point?  Have we finally reached the point where all the Peters being robbed to pay for Paul’s vacation have decided to change their name to Paul? Is this a recession or is it a strike?  The central planners look at the wreckage of a once great economy that their programs have gutted and say, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.”  They should be asking “How many omelets can they make if the goose doesn’t lay any more golden eggs?” 

Which leads to one last question: “Who is John Galt?” 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2011 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

Who Votes for Democracy?

Democracy! Democracy! Democracy! This is the mantra that we hear from Tahrir Square to Yemen from Belarus to Wall Street protestors are on the march around the world demanding Democracy!

Democracy has long been the cover for all manner of despotic totalitarian regimes creating hellholes for their own people and nightmares for the rest of us.  One needs only to recall that even though the popular myth of Hitler being elected is demonstrably false, he lost the only election he ever ran in, he was however appointed Chancellor in 1933 after his Nazi Party became the largest single party through democratic elections.  His ghoulish regime achieved total power when 90% of the German people voted to make Hitler the Führer or undisputed dictator of their nation. And who can forget the many Democratic People’s Republics that have graced the world with their despotic presence, East Germany, Cuba, Laos, Vietnam and North Korea.  The cover of democracy and the votes of the people have been used to legitimize the most insidious forms of human depravity.

It is popular among conservatives to decry the nation-wide and world-wide demand for democracy as if it were something new under the sun.   It is also popular to point out that the United States of America was founded as a representative Republic not as a Democracy.  The representative nature of the Republic was enshrined in both the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.  The difference is proudly pointed out that we are a representative republic which operates on democratic principles NOT a democracy.

It is not quite as popular to point out that though our representative Republic has always operated on democratic principles in the beginning that democracy did not spread out very far.  The franchise was restricted only to males of the Caucasian persuasion who owned a certain amount of property.   The dirty little secret teachers of American History Survey classes fought for years to keep from their impressionable students was that even though Wilson led America into fighting World War I to make the world safe for democracy and FDR led us into World War II as the Arsenal of Democracy the Founders of our country went to great lengths to protect our Republic from the perils of democracy.

Examples of the Founders distaste for democracy are easy to find:

James Madison said, “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”

John Adams said, “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide” and, “The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.”

Alexander Hamilton said, “It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity.”

The circle of American democracy was at first drawn closely around the ruling circle of intellectuals, lawyers and men of property because they feared the tyranny of those unable or unwilling to learn the rudiments of History, Economics or Governance.  However, as time passed spurred on by a combination of their desire to participate and the cajoling of those who wanted to rule them people began to agitate for an extension of the franchise and for one reason or another the circle began to expand until by the 1830s throughout the United States most Caucasian males could vote.  By comparison in Britain at the same time less than 10% could vote.

The watchword in America became democracy, not in the speeches of the first Progressives in the 1890s but in the voices of their great grandfathers in the second generation after our Revolution.  Within a generation leadership passed from Washington, Jefferson, Madison and other statesmen with grand visions of liberty and freedom to partisan leaders of political factions.  The stirring and deeply reflective tone of the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers was replaced by clever slogans designed to move the masses and win votes.

Alexis de Tocqueville is often quoted to show the high state of American involvement and participation in the democratic process.  He is less often quoted in his assessment of that process, “The most able men in the United States are very rarely place at the head of affairs.”  He pointed to the character of a democracy where people ignored important issues, disdained intellectuals who were informed of these issues and instead were moved by “the clamor of a mountebank [a demagogue] who knows the secret of stimulating their tastes.”

In the recent past President Bush in 2005 during his second inaugural speech declared the doctrine that bears his name by saying, ‘‘it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.’’ Since that time democratic elections have brought us Hamas as the elected representatives of the Palestinian People, Islamists have won the first post-Arab Spring election in Tunisia and who can forget that Hugo Chavez has won multiple elections in Venezuela and then there is our new partner in our latest military adventure Yoweri Museveni Uganda’s President-for-Life who was democratically elected as was his more famous predecessor Idi Amin Dada.

The democratic revolution which began in America a generation after the establishment of our representative Republic has grown through the roughshod years of Jackson, the tax, tax, tax, spend, spend, spend, elect, elect, elect days of FDR and has morphed into the Occupy Everywhere movement currently polluting our cities and clamoring for the predictable goal of pure democracy, “From each according to their ability to each according to their need.” 

We are witnessing the tyranny not of the majority but instead of the majority of voters coming to fruition.  In America in a typical election only 50% or less of eligible voters bothers to cast their ballot.  Many congressional districts are gerrymandered into personal possessions, local counties, cities and states belong to good-old-boy networks and the Senate is the province of millionaire media stars.  The uninformed elect the unqualified to give them what is unearned.

Or as our old friend Alexis de Tocqueville also said, “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

The democratic revolution begun in America 200 years ago has circled the globe.  The leaders of the Egyptian revolutionaries have come to New York to join the protesters at Zuccotti Park to chant, the mantra, “Democracy Now!”  Looking at the paradise on earth replicated from New York to Oakland in these demonstrations supported by the unions, Democrats and the President I only have one question, “Who will vote for that?”

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2011 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

Why everyone needs to get involved

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Occupy Phoenix with AR-15’s

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WHY WAS JOHN ZUCCOTTII PARK PICKED FOR OCCUPY WALL STREET?

The 74-year-old Zuccotti is co-chairman of the board of the $3.2 billion dollar Brookfield Properties, a multi-billion dollar real estate development firm.

Mr. Zuccotti has longstanding ties to parks and city government as 40 years ago he was a paid, part-time member of the city planning commission and in the mid-1970s was appointed deputy mayor of New York City.

Additionally, Brookfield Properties has links to city government — Diana Taylor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s frequent companion, sits on the Brookfield Board of Directors co-chaired by Zuccotti. (To be fair and accurate, Ms. Taylor is more than just the mayor’s girlfriend. She happens to be an accomplished businessperson with an impressive resume that includes high-ranking positions in banking and a large utility company.)

And then there are the financial connections between Brookfield Properties and the Obama Administration.

The Union Leader of New Hampshire reported that the Obama administration has backed a local wind farm (tied to Brookfield) with taxpayer dollars. The title of the story, “A NH Solyndra? Wind farm gets fed loan” leads one to believe that the project is probably on shaky financial footing. The Union Leader connects the dots from the White House to Brookfield and then, in the wake of the Solyndra bankruptcy, questions the financial wisdom of this loan.

Why would a company created by a $3.2 billion company and backed by a $2.7 billion private fund need federal loan guarantees? That would be an important question at any time, but it is more pertinent after the bankruptcy of Solyndra, a solar-panel maker that got a $535 million federal loan guarantee from the Obama administration last year.

You might wonder how the Obama administration chose Brookfield from all of the companies looking to cash in on the government stimulus money. The answer to that question is a simple one: Joe Biden. Biden’s son, Robert is a partner in Oldaker, Biden, & Belair, a DC lobbying firm that in their start-up years (2002-2003) was hired by Brookfield.

The New York Times recently interviewed John Zuccotti about the Occupy Wall Street protests and his park, and one of the statements he made to the writer makes you wonder if he has actually been to lower Manhattan and seen what is happening in the 33,000 square foot park.

“If you go there, you can’t tell the protesters from the tourists,” he added. “It has a kind of festive atmosphere.”

As someone who has visited OWS several times in the past five weeks, I can state without reservation, you can easily tell the protesters from the tourists. And in many cases this can be accomplished using just your sense of smell.

One wonders if Mr. Zuccotti’s wife would find the anti-Semitic statements made by many protestersto be a “festive environment?”  Susan Zuccotti is an award-winning author of four books about the Holocaust, two were honored by the National Jewish Book Council.

 

WHY ZUCCOTTI PARK?

 

Why was this park chosen over the dozens of Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) found in Manhattan?

 

In the area below City Hall, the NYC lists 41 POPS, so we ask again, why Zuccotti?

 

The easy answer to the question is the standard first rule of real estate — “location, location, location.” Zuccotti Park is located in the heart of the Financial District and it happens to be one of the largest POPS in the city.  Combine these realities with the friendly connections to NYC’s government as well as the White House and Zuccotti Park is without question the best possible base of operations for Occupy Wall Street.

 

Since this protest movement claims to have no formal leadership, no central organization, and no official declaration of demands, it seems slightly suspicious that this alleged spontaneous gathering ended up in the largest free, public space in the Wall Street area.

The Occupy Wall Street Dream

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, while all over the spectrum in their demands, have one thread in common (beyond their inconceivable level of ignorance): they hate capitalism, are spoiled by living in a prosperous society, and have a socialist/Marxist vision of utopia.  While refusing to admit the failure of this mindset in other nations, the American incarnation appears to be convinced that by their sheer determination and self-assessed superior intellect, they know the key to a “fair and just” society: themselves and redistribution.  It is little wonder why Barack Obama was so quick to endorse this juvenile and narcissistic movement; he would be there organizing it if weren’t for his day job.

Unfortunately, in the United States, there are just not enough true-believers, so a well-covered combination carnival atmosphere and faux revolution are in order.  Much is dependent on the mainstream media, living in their own fog of self-importance, to play up the so-called virtues of the movement and their really, really genuine empathy with the downtrodden exploited by the cigar-chomping oppressors of mankind — anyone who may own a business, or worse, work for a bank or on Wall Street.  The very sound of the word “corporation” conjures up the specter of Godzilla trampling innocent women and children as it devours anything in its path.  Accordingly, there must be a better, more equitable economic and political system to replace capitalism, the scourge of the human race.

To them, there is.  And this success story is only 1,300 miles south of the United States: Venezuela, the home of Hugo Chávez, the darling of the Hollywood left and the Occupy Wall Street crowd.  You see, Hugo really hates capitalism and those who pursue wealth and create jobs, so he has nationalized hundreds of companies and trumped up charges against their owners, all in the name of social justice.  There are now virtually no privately owned major corporations (so that evil word can now be struck from the Venezuelan lexicon).

As a further benefit to the Venezuelan society, nearly all of the owners of these businesses and the vast majority of the country’s private sector have shut up shop and fled the country, taking their capital with them.  Not to worry, however — Venezuela must now import many goods it used to produce, as non-oil exports have ground to a halt.  Petroleum exports used to account for 78% of the nation’s dollar intake a mere 10 years ago; it now accounts for 92%.

However, the ideal socialism of Hugo is also helping the nation with its cash needs by selling even less oil now than in 1998.  As part of the “revolution,” the former managers and operators of the state oil firm PDVSA had to be replaced — and they were, by good Chavez loyalists.  The result: oil production has fallen from 3.3 million barrels per day in 1998 to 2.25 million barrels today.  However, because of domestic needs and commitments to regional allies, 1.0 million barrels are sold at subsidized prices, leaving just 1.25 million barrels to be sold at full export prices.  Not a problem; instead of reinvesting cash in the industry for the future, just spend nearly all of the money on subsidizing domestic oil, clothing, and a myriad of newly imported products that were once produced in-country by those evil capitalists.

Unfortunately, human nature sometimes rears its ugly head, and black-market trading in currency and hard-to-get goods sprang up as the result of the arbitrary peg of the Venezuelan bolivar against the dollar, necessitated by an effort to maintain a higher value for the oil exports while in reality the market value was two or three times lower.  The solution is simple in socialist nirvana: black-market trading is now punishable by up to seven years in jail.  That crackdown worked, as foreign exchange is now scarce and Venezuelans have begun asking friends from abroad to send them necessities such as diapers, sanitary towels, and baby milk.  But Hugo and his fellow-travelers really do have it all under control.  Just ask them or any of their good friends in the U.S.

In a development that should warm the hearts of the public-sector unions in the United States, the government of Venezuela, in a further attempt to even out oil and currency fluctuations, has looked to the understanding of the workers.  So much so that public employees have staged frequent protests over unpaid salaries, worsening conditions, and a freeze on collective bargaining.  Certainly not as repressive as Wisconsin and that awful Governor Walker.

But Hugo, if nothing else, is resourceful.  His primary solution to these short-term problems is to borrow from the Chinese.  Since 2008 the country has borrowed $12 billion, and China is being repaid in discounted oil shipments, cutting the annual oil revenue by a further 20%.

But in what can be described only as a foreign capitalist plot, inflation has intruded on this idyllic paradise.  Venezuela has the world’s highest inflation rate.  By mid-2011, food prices were almost nine times higher than when price controls were introduced eight years ago.  In 2010, consumer prices had increased by 28% (2009: 27%; 2008: 19%).  (For those in the Occupy Wall Street crowd that incurred $200,000 in student loans in order to major in gender studies, that means a Starbucks 12-oz. latte that cost $3.00 in 2008 would cost $5.80 today.)

Enter our hero, Hugo.  President Chávez has used legislative powers granted him by parliament to decree a “Fair Price and Costs Law.”  He has made inflation illegal, and the state will set “fair prices” across the entire economy.  Bravo — why didn’t Jimmy Carter think of that in the late 1970s?  Those loyal Venezuelans that cannot and will not be able to find cooking oil or powdered milk or sugar will no doubt be assuaged in their unending search for life’s necessities.

So the Occupy Wall Street crowd and their cheerleaders in the White House, the media, and academia are right: let’s get rid of capitalism.  Then the United States can have an economy that has shrunk by seven percent since 2007, whose GDP per capita has fallen by nearly nine percent since 2007, whose inflation rate exceeds twenty-eight percent, whose real unemployment is stuck above sixteen percent or higher, and whose people are relegated to a daily search for life’s basic necessities.

Or perhaps they and Barack Obama might consider growing up, learning some facts, and leaving their egos and narcissism behind to concentrate on growing the American economy and not government and the entitlement mentality.

HERE WE GO …FIRST EXPOSING PRIVATES TO CHILDREN… NOW OCCUPY PROTESTER KIDNAP/RAPES FEMALE SUPPORTERS

Here we go people, the cannibalization of America has begun. Yesterday we posted a report on the grown man protesting in the Occupy Movement showing his “Thang” to children. Now we have a man who kidnaps and rapes 19-year olds. How many times in media are we told that the 9/12 groups and Tea Party groups are inferior to the highly educated masses in the streets.

I have never heard of a Tea Partier raping women or flying his thang in front of little children. The phrase that so justify attaches to this scenario is: Birds of a feather flock together. Hey, if your going to lay down with dogs you just might be waking up with fleas.

Where is this young woman’s parent? I feel bad for this girl and I pray she recuperates seeking the help she needs, but what is her mother doing allowing her to go down to that poop hole of a protest?

Anyways, CBS Local is reporting the kidnapping and the rape. I pasted the link to the article below so they don’t sue me saying I wrote it when actually it is CBS Cleveland’s article….

“CLEVELAND, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – An “Occupy Cleveland” protester tells police she was raped in her tent over the weekend.

Cleveland police are investigating an alleged sexual assault incident Saturday at the “Occupy Cleveland” rally involving a 19-year-old female student from Parma.

According to police reports, the 19-year-old student was instructed by “Occupy Cleveland” personnel to “share a tent with the suspect due to a shortage of tents.” The suspect identified himself as “Leland” to the woman. The woman told police that after she had thought the suspect went to sleep in his own bed, she slept in a sleeping bag provided to her by the rally.

The student went to school Monday and told a teacher about her sexual assault incident in Public Square — which is being classified as “kidnapping/rape” — prompting the teacher to immediately contact the authorities.

“Occupy Cleveland” is one of many movements taking place nationwide in the wake of “Occupy Wall Street,” which is protesting against corporate greed.