This Is What the Left’s Democracy Looks Like

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On Saturday, New York City Police arrested more than 700 demonstrators of a group calling itself “Occupy Wall Street,” when they stormed the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge, holding up traffic for more than four hours. In Boston, a crowd of more than 3,000 gathered in Dewey Square, while another demonstration, Take Back the Block, was attended by at least 1,500 people. An Occupy Chicago demonstration of 100 took place in front of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, while Occupy Los Angeles demonstrators marched from Pershing Square downtown to City Hall. In San Francisco, six protesters were arrested for a sit-in at Chase Bank. The common thread? Anti-capitalist-inspired class warfare, courtesy of a progressive movement facing electoral Armageddon in 2012.

Much like the protests that took place in the Middle East, these demonstrations have been organized through social media. Occupy Together, a website calling itself “an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street,” is dedicated to providing people “with information about events that are organizing, ongoing, and building across the U.S. as we, the 99%, take action against the greed and corruption of the 1%.” The site contains a listing of states, regions and even countries where demonstrations have either taken place, or are scheduled to take place in the near future. The individual postings of each event contain a website, a Facebook event, a web IRC chat facility and an email program, all designed to provide potential protesters with details and feedback from other demonstrators and demonstrations.

“We are targeting Wall Street, in particular the big banks and corporations,” Rachel Laforest, the executive director of the Right to the City Alliance, which organized the Boston protest, told ABC News. “The goal is to create a national narrative and have it be known how the states are taking state revenues that are being funneled to banks and corporations and then you layer on top of that the fact that they’re not obligated to pay their fair share of taxes, and so that’s billions and billions of dollars that could be put toward job creation and creating solutions to the housing crisis.”

If such a narrative sounds familiar, it’s because president Obama, who can’t possibly run on his economic record, has decided to make class warfare the centerpiece of his re-election campaign. And he has made it clear that it is Republicans in particular–whose worldview he characterized as one in which “corporations write their own rules, and we dismantle environmental regulations and we dismantle labor regulations, and we cut taxes for folks who don’t need it and weren’t even asking for it, and then we say to you, you’re on your own, good luck, because you’re not going to get any help”–who are making life miserable for Americans.

But he also takes on wealthier Americans in general. “If asking a millionaire to pay the same tax rate as a plumber makes me a class warrior, a warrior for the working class, I will accept that,” Obama proclaimed last Tuesday at Denver’s Abraham Lincoln High School. “I will wear that charge as a badge of honor.”

It’s a brand new badge. During the 2008 election campaign, the president was more than willing to take substantial sums of money from the very organizations being targeted today. The list of the top 20 campaign contributors to Obama and Democrats includes Goldman Sachs (whose contributions to the president were exceeded only by the University of California), JP Morgan Chase & Co., Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley, all of whom contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the cause. Furthermore, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, since January 1, 2009, Democrats have received nearly two-thirds of the $34.7 million donated by the entire securities and investment industry. This is even more than the 57 percent of Wall Street’s donations in the 2008 campaign and 52 percent during the 2006 midterm elections that also went to Democrats. Thus, the president’s attempts to brand Republicans as the “party of big business” and Democrats as the “party of the people” amount to nothing more than outright lying.

As for the truth, there is more than a little bit of irony in the fact that these protests are taking place even as Wall Street has suffered through its worst quarter since the financial meltdown of 2008. The S&P declined 14.3 percent, and the Dow was down 10.6 percent. The “evil” banks?  They took an even worse beating. JPMorgan was down 45 percent, Morgan Stanley 42 percent, Citigroup 40 percent, Goldman Sachs 39 percent, and Bank of America 37 percent.

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  • http://www.foxnews.com/ Bill O'Reilly

    The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

    Occupy Wall Street 2011

    • http://www.nightmist.us/study/NL/UNITEDSTATES/ Axe

      The Landscape is Blighted, Where Hippies Sit Daydreaming!

      GO~ TEAM!

    • davarino

      yawn

    • 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.

        • http://dikaesha.pbwiki.com 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…

          • http://dikaesha.pbwiki.com 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.
            http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ub

    • Rifleman

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

  • http://www.nightmist.us/study/NL/UNITEDSTATES/ 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.

  • http://apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    FRINGE SPRING

    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.

  • http://jewishdefense.org 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

      • http://dikaesha.pbwiki.com 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.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com 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. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/COURTHOUSE+RECORDS….
    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.