“Wall Street Occupiers” should be protesting Washington politicians, not impacting the 99%.
By Sam Person
November 18, 2011
The “Occupy Wall Street” movement roars right along, having been given impetus by high ranking Democrat politicians, assorted Americans clearly in the “1%” group, and accomplishing the most ludicrous abuse of American cities in the history of the Republic.
Those who seek to see what is going on might need to access “extreme right wing” media outlets, since the mainstream media seems to find reasons and/or need to justify the movement, or, at least, to minimize the lawlessness.
There is no doubt, however, that what is taking place in our cities is bringing out a modicum of genuine protest and a maximum amount of lawlessness coupled with chaos. There have been criminal activities of all types, including murder, rape, the use and sale of drugs, robbery, and instances of Anti-Semitism.
In addition, the orderly pursuit of life and the right to the use of property has been severely restricted in several cities – including the blocking of the Port of Oakland, and the trashing of a Whole Foods store in that city.
Those who believe that the Occupy Movement is a grass roots movement are denying reality.
Some observations concerning the “Occupation” should be noted.
-From the very beginning, President Barack Obama has encouraged the movement, giving further evidence of the degree to which he has fomented race and class divisions. One wonders whether he is to share blame for the ensuing damage.
-Vice President Joe Biden has been an ardent supporter. Interestingly, this long-time insider who might qualify as a “1%er” himself has never been known to share the wealth as he obviously feels others must. The amount of his charitable contributions should be an embarrassment given his reported income level – even excluding the amount he bills the Secret Service for use of a cottage to protect him and his family.
-House Minority Leader (and former Speaker) Nancy Pelosi has stated she supports the movement, which is incredibly ironic since she is one of the wealthiest members of Congress, and has allegedly been the beneficiary of insider trading information (as have many other Congressional figures). Pelosi’s office should be a focal point for protestors.
-Rep. Charles Rangel (former Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee) has come out in support of the protestors. It is certainly a contradiction for him to do so, since his alleged abuses of the Internal Revenue Code are legendary, indicating a disdain for paying his fair share.
-Wealthy celebrities who support the movement provoke much head scratching, since they are clearly part of the “1%” group. Perhaps they believe by showing up at protest events they are shining the spotlight away from themselves and directing it towards others. These are the same people who advocate for "green energy" solutions, at the same time living in huge homes and flying in the “corporate jets” ridiculed by Barack Obama.
-Unions have been active, and have invested much time and money into organizing “spontaneous” protests. Videos circulating through cyberspace show how leaders armed with prepared scripts lead in virtually dictating the chants that are heard.
-Unions are not the only professional forces at work. Allegedly, the long arm of George Soros lurks in the form of moveon.org.
-In railing against the 1%, the protestors are causing harm to many fellow Americans in the “99% group” who represent business people, professionals, and the like who have committed much time and effort to attain success. As such, disruptions of economic activity brought on by the protestors are harmful to a substantial number in the “99%” group.
-The protesters’ ire is not directed as it should be. If Wall Street is to blame, so are those in Washington who effectively encouraged people to buy houses they could not afford - for the wrong reasons. In point of fact, this dates back for decades, to Congresses and Presidential administrations long since gone – as well as those of more recent times.
I am deeply concerned that the chaos being seen on the streets is planned – as was once noted, “never let a good crisis go to waste.” It is not impossible that the confrontations will lead to serious physical confrontations - or worse.