CPAC Braces for Union & Occupier Chaos

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


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The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) will be held in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel for three days, beginning today. It will feature a number of conservative speakers, from politicians (including three of the four presidential candidates) to columnists and conservative celebrities. Yet it may also “feature” something else as well: according to the Heritage Foundation’s Lachlan Markay, the “Occupy DC” offshoot of the OWS movement is planning to disrupt the meetings. How far will they go? “Speakers will be physically assaulted, not just verbally confronted,” a source told Heritage in an email.

Apparently the information was garnered by someone who attended a meeting of the Occupy DC group prior to their eviction from McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. last Saturday. In the midst of intermittent violence and heated exchanges, Park Police dispersed the crowd, confiscating a number of tents in the process. Occupiers were then prohibited from camping out there any longer. On Thursday, two days prior to their disbanding, the Occupiers were engaged in a strategy session regarding the use of tactics to disrupt, or even shut down, CPAC entirely.

What tactics? According to the source, who requested anonymity, protesters suggested pulling fire alarms in the hotel where the conference will take place, screaming “fire” during conference activities, “glitter-bombing” participants, cutting electrical power, and barricading entrances to the hotel. The source also identified members of the New Black Panther Party, who “said they would be disappointed if they didn’t get arrested and planned to ‘make it count,’” and another protester who warned that “Mitt [Romney] has Secret Service now, but [Newt] Gingrich and [Andrew] Breitbart don’t,” implying that the group might go after people they consider easier to confront–or perhaps assault.

Reportedly, most of their antics will take place on Saturday, the last day of the conference — because they don’t want to get in the way of unions who plan to protest on Thursday and Friday. “What do Wisconsin Governor SCOTT WALKER, presidential candidates MITT ROMNEY, NEWT GINGRICH, RICK SANTORUM and House Budget Committee Chair PAUL RYAN have in common?” asks the Washington, DC Metro Council of the AFL-CIO on its website. “They all represent the greed of the wealthy 1% and they’ll all be at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference. WE’VE HEARD ENOUGH FROM THE 1%! Join the rally featuring tents, an inflatable fat cat, puppets, ‘candidate Walmart,’  and more to LET THE VOICES OF THE 99% BE HEARD!”

The unions have scheduled two official protests at noon and 5 p.m. Friday. The 5 p.m. demonstration will coincide with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s speech. “It’s all in good fun, but with a very serious message in terms of representing the 99 percent,” said AFL-CIO organizer Chris Garlock. He also said he expects the protest to be “non-confrontational.”

Garlock has a short memory. In November, the very same Occupy D.C. protesters stormed a dinner held by Americans for Prosperity at Washington Convention Center. During that “non-confrontational” episode, Dolores Broderson, age 78, who had ridden 11 hours on a bus from Detroit to attend, was pushed down the stairs. She ended up in a hospital emergency room with a bloody nose and bruises on her hand and leg. There was also a “pre-planned assault on the Convention Center” as described by an eyewitness who claimed the mob was “hell-bent on shoving their way through the front doors.”

Joining the AFL-CIO will be a group called Change to Win (CTW), an SEIU-led federation that broke away from the AFL-CIO in 2005. CTW staffer Trina Tocca has posted a notice of the protest on her Facebook page. Thus, two union groups will be joining Occupy D.C. in their efforts to disrupt the conference.

That the unions would align themselves with Occupy D.C. is disturbing. According to the Occupy D.C. website, the CPAC event is characterized as “another gathering of bigots, media mouthpieces, corrupt politicians, and their 1 percent elite puppet masters.” Its purpose is to “parade and attempt to perpetuate the radical right wing’s imperialist ideologies with keynote speakers, movies and banquets dedicated to pursuing its racist, sexist, patriarchal and exploitative agenda.”

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  • Fred Dawes

    Obama is behind this BS And his world banker friends its all part of the one world BS And our civil and human rights as a people Obama hates the ideals of 1776 and we must work to stop his evil IDEALS OF 1984.

    • http://na rodney turner

      READ THIS OUT LOUD, WANT TO SEE YOUR LIPS MOVE, I GUESS IT’S HARD WITH ALL THAT CRAP IN YOUR MOUTH.

  • Marylou

    So, only commie agitators are entitled to freedom of speech, right?

    • kafir4life

      As a leftie once told me (very seriously) is that "there is more than enough free speech", as he put his fingers in his ears and said "LALALALALALALALALA".

      • fiddler

        I find the "logic" here ominous. This goes to show that the mentality of these people is that they really WANT to be controlled. I used to wonder how people would possibly espouse and embrace a world dictator (i.e. the "Beast"). It is becoming clearer that this is a possibility in the not too distant future.

  • Harry Martin

    We conservatives are going to start confronting these OWS people and get physical with them! Enough is ENOUGH!

    • fiddler

      Since they love to make noise and shout people down there need to be people on our side on the edges of the crowd with those aerosol "horns" that make LOTS of noise. Perhaps they can out-noise the shouters and blow their ear drums out.

    • Shane

      Its way overdo but it will happen one day here in the near future!!!!

      • hideeho

        I'm pretty sure no OWS would wanna get physical with you Harry, you're too old and too fat.

  • spinoneone

    It is virtually impossible to get a legal gun carry permit in DC. It will be interesting to say if any of the "Occupy" crowd produce one. My guess is that they will.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Law enforcement exists and if anyone's rights are violated or laws broken there must
    be a consequence that goes directly to those who are at the head of the mob.
    Who funds and aids these cretins must be exposed and made to pay for what
    illegal conduct takes place. This is why change in Washington is so imortant, under
    a justic department run by the lawless Holder gang criminal conduct is helped
    by ignoring the law Holder is sworn to uphold, the man should be impeached and
    disbarred……………………………………………………………………….William

    • Jobe

      I am getting tired of hearing that people are "sworn" to do something. Holder is "swon" to uphold the law; obama is "sworn" to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Do you see either of these disgraces doing what they have "sworn" to do? The answer, of course, is no. In our society, obligations have become optional. Look at fathers abandoning children, women spreading for anyone who happens by, welfare fraud, voter fraud, and on and on. To look for politicians to do what they are "sworn" to do is to waste valuable time.

  • kafir4life

    Stinky (BO) and beads Pelosi OWN the "occupy" bowel movement, and are responsible for their actions.

  • davarino

    What happened to the "occupiers"? I thought they were going to shut down the Super Bowl. Guess they didnt have the guts to go up against 150,000 football fans.

  • StephenD

    As soon as they attempt to restrict the civil rights of someone else they should be arrested. There is no room for anarchy. Though while being escorted from the assembly room it would be fun to see them take a stick to the kidney.

  • Wretch45

    The DC police better be in full gear and ready to control these morons and that hotel better be checking their guest list to remove those who are there to cause harm. If any of the candidates or other speakers or attendees get harmed this week the media needs to put in front and center so that the ill informed “get it”.

    • fiddler

      Break out the tear gas!!

  • kafir4life

    I avoid union made products and services whenever possible. I hate the thought of my hard earned money going into the tip jars of the likes of Barry, Nancy, Harry, and kapo Chuck.

  • sononthe_beach

    I hate these miserable leftist AHOLES

  • tagalog

    I guess this latest manifestation of the Occupy movement will end the talk comparing the Occupiers with the Tea Party for good and all.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Now there are threats of violence. These threats are more than credible. It the cops and security are not vigilant there will be violence. These wackos may believe that this is the beginning of a communist revolution.

  • Steve Chavez

    I would also hope someday that someone, anyone, would ask an OCCUPIER: "Do you, or anyone in your group, or supporters, BUY LOTTERY TICKETS and if so, WHY?" To be "Filthy Stink'n Rich?"

  • Spider

    Instead of having Black history month we should have Com-munist history month. Then we can spend an entire month talking about all the wonderful accomplishments of the Com-munist experiment over the last 100 years. Here are some candidates for topics of discussion: Com-munists duping the Hippies (useful idiots) to pull the US out of Vietnam to aid their comrads who subsequently killed 1.5 million people. Purges and revolutions in Russia, China, Ukaaine, Cambodia, Vietnam, East Germany and Cuba resulting incalculabe human misery and 130 milllion innocents murdered. Enslavement of entire countries and peoples behind Iron Curtains. Envirenmental catastrophies in Russia and China. And of course don't forget Obamas OWS brown shirts. Topics worthy of discussion for CHM would be endless

    • tagalog

      You forgot the Terror Famine of 1930-1934 and the Great Terror of 1937-1938 in the Soviet Union, and the famine of the Great Leap forward, 1959-1963 in Red China. Those three events alone involved no less than 50 million murdered. Between 1937 and 1954, a period of 17 years, an average of 1 million Soviets were sentenced under Article 58 to the gulag per year; of these, 1/3 to 1/2 died. That would be no less than 1/3 of 17 million people, or more than 5 million dead.

      If you think that can't possibly happen here, think about Obamacare. If they can make you pay the government penalty in money for not getting health insurance, they can penalize you in other ways, too. It's like once it's established that a person is a whore, the only dispute is over the price that must be paid.

  • mrbean

    The forcible occupation of another man’s property or the obstruction of a public thoroughfare is so blatant a violation of rights that an attempt to justify it becomes an abrogation of morality. An individual has no right to do a “sit-in” in the home or office of a person he disagrees with—and he does not acquire such a right by joining a gang. Rights are not a matter of numbers—and there can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob. The only power of a mob, as against an individual, is greater muscular strength—i.e., plain, brute physical force. The attempt to solve social problems by means of physical force is what a civilized society is established to prevent. The advocates of mass civil disobedience admit that their purpose is intimidation. A society that tolerates intimidation as a means of settling disputes—the physical intimidation of some men or groups by others—loses its moral right to exist as a social system, and its collapse does not take long to follow.

    • fiddler

      This is why we need a SANE leadership and JUSTICE (real justice) department. The Obama administration looks as though it is bordering on despotism. The Declaration says when a government becomes "destructive of these ends" namely imposing tyranny, the people have a duty to perform. After all it is government with authority "by consent of the governed".

  • BS77

    Occupy is strictly for LOSERS…..vandals, bums, drop outs and ingrate entitlement types…..whatever support Occupy had….it's now gone.

    • fiddler

      In other words, they are adult teenagers. Remember Johnny Walker Lind aka "Jihad Johnny"? He was from Merced, CA. Right in Nancy Pelosi's back yard; born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but wanting to bite the hand that feeds him.

  • Asher

    OWS and Union Thuggery is not about Democracy, its about Intimidation tactics to force people into Communism and getting their way. It has been a farce from the very beginning!

  • KKKK

    such a distrbution is amoral and these conservattives should ask for polcie protection. i stand iwth them.

  • maria

    Spider is right: OWS is americans version of Hitler's brown shirts. BHO said in the beginning 2009 that Law Inforcement and Military are not enough as he want some civil Police or other words he meant I believe kind of "Ayattols Iranian Guards". This administration organized mobs and actually BHO openly said that he supported that movement to use them in election time. OWS is well financed as well. Dem's can even intimidate that if BHO will not be elected then civil war happened. So all of those intimidations are only beginning and repetitions.

  • Reason_For_Life

    Why does CPAC insist on holding its meetings in the heart of the beast – DC?

    They should hold their meetings in a state with rational concealed carry laws. No one is going to break up a CPAC convention in Texas.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      I wonder if it is to create a show of the differences for America viewing at home,
      the contrast in the people left and right will be startling and quite telling. The
      problem I see with it is how the MSM………ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS etc., will
      doctor, edit and obfuscate what should be obvious with their propaganda and
      misdirection. Obama it head of OWS and it should weigh him down to defeat.
      William

  • Moishe Pupick

    Th., 02/09/12 common era

    These anarchists should no longer be treated with kid gloves. They pose a clear and present danger to our democratic republic. They have the tacit approval of Barack Husein Obama. I say that the Secret Service and D.C. police should do what they need to do to maintain law and order. These same anarchists would never even consider doing their shtick in Cairo or Damascus; they'd be quickly mowed down without any apologies whatsoever.

    • Flowerknife_us

      They did already.Now some of the ringleaders are in the U.S. Embasy-hiding. The left is always championing freedom but it never is the type the average person expects it to be. It always turnes out to be the only true form of freedom and equality man has ever known. Slavery. Where Color, Creed, Race… matter not. The daily needs are provided as deemed necessary by others. Everyone gets the same no matter who or what you are.

      OWS-demanding slavery by being the the first in line.

  • PhillipGaley

    Would anyone of whole mind suppose that, a dog to be bummed out because he has a tail?

    As appears, the thing which our dear author misses–in the last para.–"Their intent to disrupt CPAC demonstrates how oblivious they are to their own hypocrisy.", they know, they are aware–hypocrisy is simply one of their chosen character attributes, . . .

  • PhillipGaley

    Would anyone of whole mind suppose a dog to be 'bummed out' because he has a tail?

    As appears, the thing which our dear author misses–in the last para.–"Their intent to disrupt CPAC demonstrates how oblivious they are to their own hypocrisy.", they know, they are aware–hypocrisy is simply one of their chosen character attributes, . . .

  • BLJ

    All part of the Saul Alinsky model that Comrade Obama was weaned on. These people can kiss my butt. If they want to get physical then they had better be ready to get some lumps themselves.

    Every one of these lowlife ingrates should be given their walking papers. They do not deserve to live in a great country like the United States. Let them go hang out in a place like North Korea and see how long they last.

    I really do hate these peoples guts and would love to see them get their just rewards. They are lower than the lowest and a blight on the human race.

  • BS77

    Occupy doesn't want to make a better society, create jobs, invent high technology manufactured goods or volunteer to help people etc etc. No , all they want is what you have.

  • BS77

    Open letter to Occupy: Go to work. Clean up your community. Plant trees. Start a garden. GIve to a good charity. Help your neighbor. Do something meaningful for your town.
    Clean up a trashy lot. Volunteer , things like that. Burning garbage dumpsters and breaking windows ain't cuttin' it.

  • Len_Powder

    Because the Left can never win an argument by debate their only recourse is to stop the opposition from speaking. They refuse to TOLERATE the words and ideas of those they describe as bigots, racists, imperialists, etc. They in fact realize that conservatives are far more eloquent and intelligent in presenting and defending their ideas. They feel they have to stop the spread of conservative messages because they are too forceful and convincing. So their only recourse is the one totalitarians have always used: censor free speech, attack the character, intimidate, threaten, injure and, if possible, imprison and torture all views and opinions which contradict their own. They are no different then Nazis and Bolsheviks and this is how they should be characterized regardless of the disguises they may wear.

  • tullamore

    they have names, license numbers, home addresses. Anyone spots them getting out of a car, putting on a mask, carrying a backpack with weapons, photo them, id them and broadcast the info. Then "reach out & touch someone, & just say hi".
    For instance, Drummond Pike, founder & head of the Tides Foundation, funder & main enabler of commiie-rat orgs, lives at 312 Montfort st., Mill Valley Calif., turn off Miller ave., Mill Valley at the "2 AM club".
    And Susan Benjamin Medea, head of Code Pink, which is in all these commie riots everywhere, owns the pink house at 1519 Sanchez st., San Francisco, between Valley st. & 28th st, with her husband Kevin Danaher, head of Global Exchange, and son Adrian Benjamingomez, her souvenir from her years married in Cuba.

  • NotaBene

    I wonder what it’s like to live in so much fear?

    Crack reporting, by the way. If I send an anonymous email about fluoridation being a Communist plot will you print that too?