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Furthermore, the Occupy D.C.-ers are particularly bothered by scheduled discussions titled “From Fidel to Chavez: How Do We Stop the Resurgence of Socialism in Latin America?” “Is the ‘Arab Spring’ Good or Bad for America?” “The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the Pursuit of Diversity is Weakening the American Identity” and “Islamic Law in America: How the Obama Justice Department Is Selling Us Out.” They are also upset by what they characterize as “frequent bloviation” regarding “American exceptionalism.” Their website claims their “mission” is to “Occupy CPAC. Create as much non-violent resistance as possible, and make this a conference the attendees will never forget.”
Unlike their assault on the Americans for Prosperity Washington Convention Center, the protesters are facing a different set of logistics here. The Marriott Wardman Park is on private property, and is set back from the street. Thus, any attempt to “occupy” CPAC meetings would likely result in a confrontation with DC police before the protesters could engineer any serious disruptions. Furthermore, the hotel itself, along with the American Conservative Union (ACU), which hosts the annual conference, claim they have their own security. Both groups say that security has been increased, and they are “confident” in their ability to deal with any threats.
However, the protesters and the unions have accounted for these obstacles. Although the union denies it, an attendee of the Thursday Occupy D.C. meeting, who claimed to handle relations with labor organizations, said the AFL-CIO had booked rooms for Occupiers at the Marriott Hotel, with the intention of allowing them to bypass security measures at the door. Occupy representatives from American University and George Washington University claim they will register their members for CPAC, which would allow full access to the conference. They also claim they’ll produce counterfeit credentials for non-students who want to join the protest. Still others intend to adorn themselves with “Ron Paul 2012″ gear because they believe Paul supporters “generally look like hippies,” and they won’t have to dress any differently in order to attend. That last bit may backfire: Paul will not be attending this year’s conference.
Barring outright violence, what will assuredly be on display at “Occupy CPAC” will be the Left’s fervent attempt to quash the free speech and assembly rights of their political enemies. This is a boilerplate leftist tactic that has been employed innumerable times, especially on college campuses. If one is a betting man, bet the farm that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s speech, already on the protesters’ “must attend” agenda, will be four-star opportunity for those who wish to suppress Mr. Walker’s right to speak.
He won’t be the only one. All three Republican presidential candidates appearing at CPAC have been shouted down at campaign stops this year. Occupy Tampa protesters attempted to disrupt a speech by Rick Santorum in Florida. The same thing happened to Mitt Romney in Iowa, and Newt Gingrich at Harvard University. Former Republican presidential candidates speaking at the event were also shouted down this year. Herman Cain was heckled in Tennessee, and Michele Bachmann was forced offstage by Occupy Charleston protesters in South Carolina. Numerous other CPAC speakers have been subjected to such tactics as well.
Ironically, the Occupy crowd invariably claims their rights have been suppressed whenever the numerous cities they’ve occupied grow tired of their long and often illegal encampments, and force them to disperse. Their intent to disrupt CPAC demonstrates how oblivious they are to their own hypocrisy. In the Occupier/Big Labor world view, they are entitled to endless free speech rights, to demand more and more from the public square, even as fiscal budgets have been busted protecting their rights, their monopolization of common spaces have deprived local residents of their rightful use, and much of their ill-advised, disgusting, anti-Semitic and criminal behavior has been largely “overlooked” by politicians fearful of being labeled unsympathetic and/or oppressive. Meanwhile, their political enemies are entitled to nothing. Conservative free speech and assembly rights are there to be suppressed, trampled on and terrorized at all costs. Tolerating the promulgation of ideas that are antithetical to leftist orthodoxy is simply a liability the mobocracy cannot afford.
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