"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, October 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street... With Communists

Kevin Williamson has an essential article up at NRO on the true nature of the Occupy Wall Street protests:
I’ve been spending as much time as I can down at Occupy Wall Street, listening to the speeches, reading the literature, talking to the organizers. Here’s something to keep in mind: You’ll hear in a lot of the conservative media that this is some kind of socialist/communist enterprise piggybacking on a populist protest. In reality, it is much worse than even most of the conservative media is reporting.

Almost every organization present at OWS is explicitly communist or socialist.

Almost every piece of literature being handed out is explicitly communist or socialist. I don’t mean half, and I don’t mean the overwhelming majority — I mean almost all of it. Yes, there are the usual union goons trying to figure out how to get OWS to do the bidding of the AFL-CIO and the Democratic party, and the usual smattering of New Age goo (the “Free Empathy” table) and po-mo Left wackiness (animal-rights nuts), the inevitable Let’s-Eradicate-Israel crowd (“Free Palestine, from the river to the sea!”). But, that being said, almost every organized enterprise and piece of printed material I have encountered has been socialist or communist. It’s been a long time since I saw anybody peddling books by Lenin. It’s been a long time since anybody told me the Ukrainians had it coming.

When the protesters were rallying to march to Times Square, out went the call: “Follow the red flag!” Which is what they did, literally and, I fear, figuratively.
Interesting, then, that Barack Obama has decided to lend some presidential legitimacy to the proceedings. OWS isn’t a socialist revolution — I’d be surprised if it ever escalated past the vandalism stage — but it imagines itself to be, and Barack Obama suggests that he is in sympathy with it.

The news media may cover this up, but hopefully Republicans won't.   I can see the campaign commercials now.   Clip 1:  Obama lauding the Occupy Wall Street protesters.   Next a montage of photographs from the protests with the words "socialist" and "communist" prominently featured, and video of screeching OWS speakers attacking capitalism and America and Israel.   Finally, Clip 2:  Obama continuing to laud the OWS protests.  Then, a voice over:  "Mr. President, whose side are you on?"   This sort of thing would be devastating, and I'm sure there are people in the Democratic Party who are smart enough to know that the President has gone out on a limb and dragged the Party with him.  

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