This Is What the Left’s Democracy Looks Like

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None of it matters. In Boston, shouts of  “F**k capitalism!” and “Tax the rich!” were yelled, even as speakers rallied against funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and home foreclosures. Another participant bewailed the lack of public housing. “They’re closing down shelters,” said Nicole Sullivan, a self-described poor person. “We can’t get food, we can’t get housing, we can’t get education. What I’m looking for out of Occupy Boston is a way to change it.”

In New York, protesters spoke of “taxing the rich” and overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which deregulated the campaign finance system. Others rallied against corporate greed, global warming and social inequity. In San Francisco, demonstrators held several signs that said, “Make banks pay” and “Take it back. Tax Wall Street,” even as city supervisor and mayoral candidate John Avalos opened up the protest with a speech demanding banks be held accountable for the bailouts they received from the taxpayers.

Yet despite the seeming number of unrelated agendas, there is one unifying theme: Us against Them. But it is Us against Them filtered through the lens of progressivism. Thus, it is no surprise that dedicated leftists such as film maker Michael Moore and actress Susan Sarandon have offered support to the group in New York, along with Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), who showed up for the Brooklyn Bridge demonstration. He didn’t stay long. When he tried to speak, a protester hassled him, and Rangel left. Spokeswoman Hannah Kim denied he was chased away. “He knows people are frustrated and hurting badly from the financial meltdown,” she said. “He is glad that he went.”

Who hasn’t shown up at these demonstrations? No one among these protesters is suggesting that government, save for “obstructionist” Republicans and most notably the Tea Party, is to blame for the current crisis. No one in this movement has suggested reining in runaway spending, which has gotten the country $14 trillion in debt, or undoing the massive amount of government regulation strangling a business community essentially on strike as a result. And no one is championing public sector employee reform, despite the fact that government worker salaries, pensions and health benefits far exceed those in the private sector, and are blowing holes in state budgets across the nation.

The real agenda? “This is a liberal version of the Tea Party, especially with young people who are getting mobilized and expressing their grievances,” said Dorian Warren, a Columbia University professor who “specializes in the study of inequality and American politics” according to the university website. “I think this could potentially carry over into the 2012 election and get people to the polls.”

One can only imagine if the Tea Party used the same kind of tactics to get its message across. Prior to the 700 demonstrators who were taken in on Saturday, police had already made at least 80 other previous arrests in New York, including one for assaulting a policeman in another demonstration which took place near Union Square. Authorities were forced to use pepper spray to keep that mob in check. Another 24 protesters were arrested by police at a Bank of America demonstration in Boston on Friday. “These individuals choose to ignore the facts and instead focus on increasingly aggressive PR stunts,” said Bank of America spokesman T.J.Crawford.

That may be by design. One of the complaints being made by the protesters is that they’re not getting enough attention from the mainstream media. Keith Olbermann accused the MSM of hypocrisy, with Michael Moore echoing that sentiment on Olbermann’s Countdown TV show. Thus, it becomes quite possible that the movement may resort to upping its level of obstructionism and/or violence in an effort to garner greater attention from the so-designated “corporate media.” By contrast, this writer searched for stories involving mass arrests of people involved in Tea Party demonstrations, virtually all of which have received substantial levels of media coverage. Ten people were arrested for demonstrating outside Nancy Pelosi’s office on Nov 5th, 2009 during the healthcare debate.

Meanwhile, a core group of protesters remain in Zuccoti Park, where they have created a semi-permanent encampment. Brookfield Office Properties, the real estate firm that owns the park, has released a statement saying that it would like to work with the city to restore the park “to its intended purpose.” Yet as of now, there are no plans to remove anyone, according to police. As a result, approximately 200 people sleep on air mattresses, organize meetings, play with computers, and bang drums. Occasionally, they traipse over to Wall Street and yell, “This is what democracy looks like!”

More like mob rule. And one can only wonder how much further this movement will go. In New York, the United Federation of Teachers and the Transport Workers Union Local 100, which has 38,000 members, have pledged “solidarity” with the protesters, adding to the possibility that they could provide important organizational and financial support–and perhaps muscle as well–to the demonstrators. The prospect of further involvement by organized labor remains a distinct possibility as well, when one recalls Teamster President Jimmie Hoffa’s Labor Day rallying cry. “President Obama, this is your army,” Hoffa said at the time. “We are ready to march. Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.”

The president didn’t offer a whit of criticism to such ill-tempered remarks. Nor has he said a word about the current protests. If the level of violence and obstructionism ramps up, it will be quite revealing to see if our self-proclaimed Class Warrior-in-Chief is willing to take responsibility for the resultant fallout. Fallout largely engendered by his own ongoing determination to stoke the fires of class warfare.

Or is that credit for it? It is remarkable how far the man who ran on hope and change and uniting Americans in 2008 has fallen in less than three years.

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  • Bill O'Reilly

    The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

    Occupy Wall Street 2011

    • Axe

      The Landscape is Blighted, Where Hippies Sit Daydreaming!

      GO~ TEAM!

    • davarino


    • UCSPanther

      Law and Order will never be defeated!

      Clear Wall Street of all the varmints, and bring in the riot squad 2011

      • guest

        said the fascist.

        • UCSPanther

          Suck it, commie.

        • Foolster41

          Being anti-anarchy, pro-law and order and pro-capitalism is not fascism. Nice try though.

          • guest

            law and order uber alles or as an ideology is fascism. stop being such a good little german,

          • UCSPanther

            Nice try. Communism and fascism both are foes of capitalism.

            Fascist states create the illusion of free enterprise, but the control lies in the hands of the government's central planning committee.

            And try doing this in Havana or Pyongyang (Both so-called socialist paradises) and we'll see how long you last…

          • Foolster41

            Ah, so law and order = fascism. I see. It's not an ideology. It's law and order pure and simple. If you're against L&O your an anarchist.

            Also, your attempt at Reductio ad Hitlerum is double fail. "Uber alles" has nothing to do with nazis (predates by almost 100 years). At any rate, that I am for Law and Order does not make me a nazi, and so your implication is absurd and shows your inabillity to argue reasonably.

    • Rifleman

      They'll be back in mom and dad's basement playing x-box as soon as the temp drops below freezing.

  • Axe

    "hope and change"

    Now it's just creepy.

  • Chezwick_mac

    One can imagine the state of affairs if Republicans win all three "houses" in the next election and implement promised spending cuts and fiscal reforms. Today's demonstrations will likely pale in comparison. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if we witness a rebirth of the kind of urban violence and rioting we saw in the late 60s and early 80s. And instead of holding demonstrators accountable for their actions, the media will naturally put the onus of responsibility on the new governing party.

    Yep, the paradigm is indeed predictable; Obama's profligate spending and trillion dollar deficits ushered in the birth of the Tea Party…and the coming corrective austerity measures will likely usher in the rebirth of the radical New Left.

    Will our country's fate be decided at the ballot box…or in the street? It really depends on Republican resolve. One way or the other, it's going to get real interesting folks. Stay tuned.

    • davarino

      Na, these guys are a flash in the pan. They are going to forget what they were protesting here in a few days and go back to smoken dubies down by the river.

  • ApolloSpeaks


    It's finally here, after two and a half years, the long awaited Obama Effect-the offspring of his class warfare rhetoric. The leftist analogue of the Arab Spring: the anti-capitalist FRINGE SPRING. Don't ask me for analysis. Half my brain disintergrates just thinking about it.

    Click my name to continue reading this short piece

  • Citizen-Comrade

    As long as the riots all occur in Democrat-controlled cities, who gives a darn? I long for the day when i shall see Seattle, Portland and San Francisco burning. Let them eat ash and charcoal.

  • PhillipGaley

    The picture's a pretty good opening act in representation of What the Left coast's Democracy actualizes into, in reality, . . . but it reminds me of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, in what ease and luxury without effort and perspiration can do to the soul of man, "For, whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad."; and the Greeks were a bit more refined about the whole thing: "For, whom the gods would destroy, they bless.", . . .

  • Coachwkr

    Ann Coulter, as usual, is way ahead of the curve: Demonic, her latest release, is a history of the liberals and their mob activities.

  • Loupdegarre

    During the War of 1812 the British over ran Washington and began to set fire to the city. A hurricane came from nowhere and doused the fire with heavy rains and as the Bristish began to run a tornado raced through their ranks and blew them out of town. These insipid litle brats deserve nothing less for trying to destroy the Republic. PRAY FOR RAIN AND WIND TO SWEEP THEM FROM THE STREETS.

    • Larry

      What a load of garbage. The British were very targetted in their arson, including doing things like putting a guard on George Washington's house so it wouldn't be looted or burnt. They did their job and left. Hurricanes and tornadoes has absolutely nothing to do with it.
      Get your facts right before producing ignorant rants.

      • Trebuchet

        Washingtons home was in Mt. Vernon, VA not Washington. The closest thing he had to a home in Washington was in Newburg, NY. The British sacked all the government buildings looted the White House and set fire to it and the Capitol Building. One thing I did have wrong, the year was 1814.

  • AJ Weberman

    Of course the pawns of big business and the global warming in denial crowd will come down on these demonstrators cause that is where Horowitz's money comes from. But by bailing out the banks and AIG the federal government has destroyed that best part of capitalism and replaced it with some weird kind of socialism that only benefits the rich. Let AIG fail. It would have been replaced with a more efficient less corrupt company. This is a case of hood robin, stealing from the poor and giving to the rich.

  • TOM

    So, the boy-king wants million/billionaires to pay the same tax a plumber pays? Does that mean an average of 28% (most middle-class taxpayers pay this) as opposed to the 35-38% they currently pay?

    This is why a flat tax should be passed. If you make a hundred times more money, you pay 100 times more tax.

  • Zena

    I think someone with a good sense of humor, car insurance, and a few hundred bucks to blow on a good laugh, should drive through this crowd throwing dollar bills out of the window to watch these people battle each other to get their greedy little hands on a few free bucks. Now that would be hilarious. :)

    • Trebuchet

      Better yet they should fly over the crowd in helicopters dumping 100 dollar bills on the crowd and watch them tear each other to bits over it, and they should have this old Badfinger tune blaring over the speakers:

      If you want it, here it is come and get it
      Mmmm, make your mind up fast
      If you want it, anytime I can give it
      But you better hurry cause it may not last

      Did I hear you say that there must be a catch
      Will you walk away from a fool and his money
      If you want it, here it is come and get it
      But you better hurry cause it's going fast

      • Foolster41

        Basically, the scene from Batman (1989), well, ,the music was prince, so not as good music. :P

  • maturin20

    These protests are good for the country. They reveal the false populism of the Tea Party, and suggest that the American Left might finally be on the comeback trail.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Just kind of curious…can you list all the Marxist countries in the world that are economic powerhouses and bastions of freedom and prosperity? How about in history? In addition, could you also please explain how profits can be deemed evil, especially when companies and corporations that don't earn profits inevitably go out of business?

      • maturin20

        Right now, every country is Marxist, even the ones that pretend otherwise.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          You shouldn't smoke crack and post at the same time.

          • maturin20

            I only get high on America.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            You really mean on the dream of a Marxist America.

          • maturin20

            I appreciate your superior insight.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    This is an indictment of our education system federalized by Jimmy Carter during his administration. Education must be put back in the hands of the states and local governments, as our federal government has been completely co-opted and hijacked by the delusional left and couldn't be more dysfunctional.

  • Flipside

    I noticed your link to the Occupy Boston group. If you follow it, you will be misled to believe that our protest of the economic failed state is run from Boston University by Keegan O’Brien. He is just a writer for Socialist Worker with criminal record for assault and battery on a woman.….
    That is not the true nature of the protest of this economic collapse. Taking a few isolated rich vegans from Wellesley at face value as the voice of an entire country angry about being pseudo-pegged to the Euro is a gross miscategorization of domestic politics.

  • UCSPanther

    I see these fools are still trying to push their irrelevant causes despite the overwhelming lack of interest…

  • Ben

    The clever move of the administration to trip the capitalism up for Obama`s faults.This looks like the Israel`s protests .We see the stright Obama`s support of leftist organizations!

  • Ghostwriter

    To quote Bette Davis' character from "All about Eve,""Fasten your seatbelts,it's going to be a bumpy night!"

  • Bill

    These protestors and a lot of American people do not understand the complexities of the financial situation. Wall Street is blamed, yet the Left, with the help of Liberals in the government, forced banks to give mortgage loans to people who could not afford those mortgages. After that, some on Wall STreet, within the law, profited greatly when they sold those mortgages around the world. Then the mortgage holders defaulted, and the whole house of cards collapsed and got us into this economic mess. Then Bush acted on the fiasco in the fall of 2008. Immediately Obama was elected and start pushing his big government policies into a crippled economy and the rest is history, which brings us now in October 2011, to leftists almost rioting in the streets over events they don't understand except what the "professional leftists" tell them, or what they learned in public schools and universities, from their Marxist oriented teachers and professors.
    Let's hope this does'nt blow up into full scale anarchy and violence.

    • DeportThemAll

      Read the book ” the constitution failed”… Then all that is happening will all be clear! Excellent book.

  • guest

    "More like mob rule" said George the III to the colonists.

    Yet another lame attempt to portray these protestors as pawns of the Democrats. I was in Boston and there is more anger directed at Obama than at the Republicans. Most of this movement is against a corrupt two party system in the pockets of the latter day robber barons. I know that's hard to wrap your little heads around. Ironically the Tea Party deserves some of the credit, as they raised the issue of popular mobilization on a national level. Too bad they are a minority. Now the true majority has awoken. Tremble ye who cling to your guns and bibles, a greater power is on the move.

    • neocon1

      Bwaaaaaaa ha ha ha

      cling to this, we will crush you commies with the wrath of God and the barrell of a gun

  • Ellman

    The Left has become cognizant of the country's renunciation of their ideology and tactics. These demonstrations will only intensify their rejection, so I welcome what they are doing. It is political suicide on their part and only makes voters more aware of how radical Obama's ideology and agenda are. The pronouncements of their guru, Saul Alinsky, will motivate them to self-destruction. They are mindless robots following self-defeating behavior. They follow the example of the Bolsheviks in Russia in 1917 but this is not 1917 Russia and they are not marxist revolutionaries but desperate law breakers and obnoxious recalcitrants. Their demise is not far in the future.

  • Non Dhimmicrat

    We have the TEA Party,the Dhimmicrats have the ME party.

  • socal

    No income taxes or other taxes except a National Sales Tax!! EVERYONE contributes to the system. No more using the TAX SYSTEM as a POLITICAL to promote class welfare. People then have control of their own purse strings and how much of their money they are willing to sacrifice vs save buying junk they may not need! Do I really need that extra whatever, with the taxes that go with it, or can I wait! The decisions are all ours. Obviously those with more income will tend to purchase more, and tax revenue will reflet that accordingly. Nobody escapes.