Democrats’ Dangerous Allies

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Associating with Occupy Wall Street also links Democrats to their other causes, which are equally extreme. For instance, the Boston extension of the protests, Occupy Boston, held a rally this week in support of one Terak Mehanna, a Muslim pharmacist from the Boston suburbs. Protesters declared that Mehanna was a victim of anti-Muslim bias and formed a “support committee” to aid his cause. But bias is not the reason Mehanna is on trial. According to the U.S. government, Mehanna provided “material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization,” and acted as a “media wing” for al-Qaeda. Among other charges, Mehanna is alleged to have conspired to attack civilians at a shopping mall, American soldiers overseas, and American government officials. Mehanna’s case is not yet settled, but it would hardly reflect well on Democrats if they became backers of a movement that cheers al-Qaeda terrorists. In this connection, it does not help the Occupy Wall Street campaign’s image that it has received the endorsement of Iran’s theocratic dictator Ayatollah Khameini, who enthused this week that “Ultimately, [Occupy Wall Street] will grow so that it will bring down the capitalist system and the west.”

Dubious allies aside, it is also the case that the protesters themselves are not exactly a picture of wholesome democracy in action. The New York Post reports that the Occupy Wall Street rally in downtown New York is now full of drug addicts, drunks and convicted criminals. Some have been violent, assaulting medical volunteers and scuffling with police. Then there are the crazies who are part of the protests, including neo-Nazis and racist and anti-Semitic loons. It’s true of course that there are some reasonable people taking part in the rallies. But it’s also true that there are many radicals in the crowd and more and more they are shaping the popular impression of this chaotic campaign.

Ironically, the group that stands to gain from the Occupy Wall Street protests is the Tea Party the protests are supposed to counterbalance. Tea Party activists are already planning a national ad campaign that would contrast the Occupy Wall Street’s anarchic and unruly crowds with the orderly middle-class folks who show up at Tea Party events. Portrayed as extreme by the Left, the Tea Partiers look more than reasonable compared to the radicals in the ranks of Occupy Wall Street.

Given how desperate things are for Democrats, it is understandable that they want some way to drum up populist enthusiasm and mobilize supporters. But the Occupy Wall Street protesters – disorganized, disgruntled and politically radical – are much more likely to blemish the party’s brand than to boost it.

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  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Riiiight, Jacob. Right. Al Qaeda, the Neo Nazis, heroin addicts and lunatics from the asylum all got together with their canned goods and laptop computers to organize a fight against Israel. They are going to annihilate the Jew by forming focus groups and having sex.

  • StephenD

    This is a crisis they don't want to go to waste. All they have to do is get the focus of the grievance shifted to portray the Republicans as the instigator. Then they can sit back because the focus won't be on the failed policies of the Obama Administration. How many of these dolts realize that "Wall Street" gave more to Obama than any other Presidential Candidate IN HISTORY? His closest friends are the CEO of GE, his Chief of Staff was the #2 man at JPMorgan & Chase, and the list goes on. But the link will be established that big corporations ARE the Republican Party…they are the bad guys. This actually could work for them. But I see it blowing up in their face before long. After all, it doesn’t appear there are too many disciplined and clear thinking folks in these mobs who will be guided but rather will more likely need a cattle prod.

    • Anamah

      Democratic Party is dead. Openly the Supreme Leader became the Great Divider. Under this Administration America risks to be drowned. Soros network the Unions mobs and other are in charge of logistic…but while enough decency remains our exceptional country will be saved for our children.

  • mrbean

    Ann Coulter says that the protesters really arewingless, bloodsucking and parasitic. and refers to them as the flea party in her column today.

  • lscott

    If things remain relatively peaceful, OWS will eventually collapse on its own. The filth, the stench, the weather, and the lack of any coherent objectives will take their toll on the protesters' enthusiasm, and the public's attention will wander on to some other issue, and it will be over, having left a bad taste in everybody's mouth.

    What they need – and the true revolutionaries know it – is for some violence and conflict to erupt, and for the authorities to start cracking down. Now you've got what they really want – the start of a revolution.

  • dan

    I have the image of the Demo-Covet Party trying to somehow reign in and ride, not a Tiger, but a Wild Boar (essentially a Pig with horns). They'll have to both stroke it and get gouged. I wonder if the Demo-Covets are up to the "hunt".

  • MKS

    Which message do you prefer?

    "Please reduce taxes so that I may keep more of my paycheck, and use it as I think best."

    "Please take money from someone else to pay for my college education, and cancel my current debts."

  • Rifleman

    Never try to stop opponents from making fools or *sses of themselves. In a year or two the dp will be blaming the GOP, FOXNews, and Koch brothers for these fools. They make a wonderful contrast to tea partiers.

  • maturin20

    You forgot that Occupy Wall Street is secretly run by Count Chocula from the secret salt mines under Zurich.