Tea-party activists are salt-of-the-earth, hardworking Americans who, previous to their activism in 2009, had never marched with placards or attended rallies or town halls. Their rallying cry is the rule of law and getting government off their backs. On the other hand, the Wall Street Occupiers are jobless, directionless riff-raff who don't think government can ever be big enough if their every need is not being addressed.
And who are the "occupiers"? Have you heard them interviewed? Do any of them sound like they know what they are talking about? Do they have a plan other than to agitate and make noise? Do they really not understand they are promoting a form of tyranny rather than liberty? Do they seem like people who understand the way the world works? Are they people of accomplishment? Do they have a work ethic? Are they the kind of salt-of-the-earth Americans you would like as neighbors?
Maybe it's just me, but that's not what I see.
These demonstrators sound like spoiled children.
I've yet to hear a cogent articulation of their grievances from any one of them.
It sounds like they hate free enterprise and blame capitalism for the economic crisis America is experiencing – when, in fact, what we are experiencing is a government-made economic mess that is getting worse with each new initiative from Washington.
-- Joseph Farah, Oct. 11 WorldNetDaily column
Former Gov. Huey Long of Louisiana once said, "Fascism will come to America, but they'll call it 'Americanism'!" Strike out "fascism" and put in "communism," and you've got the wisest comment so far on the matter of the "Occupy Wall Street" vent-a-thon. If Stalin were alive he'd drop dead from hearing all the pure communist battle cries reverberating through the capitalist canyons of Wall Street. Even Stalin's Communists felt the need to accuse rich capitalists of illegality. Now the mask is off. Now it's OK to say, "Nobody needs that much money," and "Share the wealth!" Communism killed and enslaved many more people over much more of the earth's surface for far longer periods than even Hitler's Nazis. Obviously, American communists would prefer to call themselves "progressives" or "redistributionists." Sometimes they don't call themselves anything. They just say, "Here are some bills we have to get passed!"
My concern goes far beyond any foothold communism under any name might seize in America. We know the danger of firearms and high explosives in the wrong hands, trains carrying ethanol that turn over and burn, fallen electric wires sputtering in the grass, bears popping up in your pup tent and others. A mob is a "wild animal" that can likewise explode and kill.
(Forgive me again, Mark Twain. The difference between a mob and an orderly demonstration is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug!)
Condoning a mob, as the president has done along with hordes of prominent Americans, is quite literally condoning someone driving at top speed with a glass of straight vodka in his sipping hand. (Beer doesn't work here; it's not strong enough or fast-acting enough.) Condoning a mob is allowing a male pilot to fondle a female flight attendant in the cockpit of a fully loaded passenger jet at 32,000 feet. And that's just CONDONING! Encouraging, promulgating, organizing are even higher crimes.
And that's "flat-field-sunny-day," when national nerves are normal. In today's America such mob-ism is pleading for catastrophe. And Nancy Pelosi says, about the mobsters, "God bless them!" How odd that those who hate guns love mobs!
-- Barry Farber, Oct. 11 WorldNetDaily column
I have heard that rich left-wing knuckleheads are paying some of the folks camping out on Wall Street and in financial districts around the country. At first, it only amused me to think that people who refuse to be paid minimum wage to flip burgers, which is at least a job that can lead to better jobs and is understood by everyone to be an actual job, were quite willing to be paid a minimum wage to stand around in filthy clothes and defecate on the sidewalk.
As a career, I suppose it offers certain advantages; namely the freedom not to shower, show up at a given time or deal with those pesky dry cleaners. On the other hand, I had always assumed that even liberal-arts majors generally aspire to become something other than a bum.
If today, as my wife's magazines keep insisting, 70 is the new 60, 60 is the new 50, and 50 is the new 40, these young guttersnipes remind us that 20 is the new 10.
That's not to say that they are all young and spoiled, because some are obviously old and spoiled. They are the aged hippies, still hanging on to their granny glasses and ponytails. They're the sad relics who show up at the airport, having no place to go, but merely in the hope that some obliging TSA agent will pat them down.
-- Burt Prelutsky, Oct. 11 WorldNetDaily column
As the Internet and social media help increasingly well organized Marxist protesters bring their "Occupy Wall Street" mobs to cities across America, the sense that history is repeating could not be more keen. Not since French peasants dragged nobles to the guillotines have so many been so excited about emptying the pockets of so few.
In Glorious Leader Obama's America, this is not a fad, and it is not a passing trend. This is, instead, a cultural shift that sees whining entitlement, peevish jealousy and naked covetousness become the public norm for the liberal left and the Democratic Party in America.
A hilarious image posted online sums up the hypocrisy of the protesters, who snarl and growl about "evil corporations" while clothed in, decorated by, transmitted across and connected through the products of the capitalist industries they mindlessly condemn. Amusing as this may be, there is nothing funny about the proliferation of "occupy" protests. These demonstrations are blooming like fungus throughout our beleaguered nation. They are a threat to every productive citizen.
Occupy Wall Street – and the contrived movement growing from its ranks – is warning writ large. It is not surprising that the loitering, bleating legions of spoiled communist hippies have trashed the areas in which they squat, nor should anyone be surprised that they've graduated to terrorizing business executives and their families at home. What too few people understand is that the twin calls for violence and redistributive social justice are inseparable. You cannot take the contents of a man's wallet without first shoving the barrel of a gun in his face or the point of a knife in his ribs – and you cannot have a revolution without lopping off a few heads.
Violence, which liberals so adore when it serves their re-imagining of our free republic as an "enlightened" totalitarian state, is the pragmatic means to their impractical egalitarian ends. Exhortations to this violence, so perfectly expressed by lib union thugs, are not theoretical, figurative, or metaphorical. They are real, and they are the future of a society whose leftist president has done everything he can to further a national narrative of class warfare. Every time Obama mewls about those who are not "paying their fair share," he is really demanding that government thieve from producers under threat of violent retribution.
The mobs will kill you to take what they believe they're owed. They'll do it in the name of a social "contract" you've never signed. They'll do it en masse, with rage in their eyes and Marxist slogans on their lips.
When the occupation gets to your lawn, remember that.
-- Phil Elmore, Oct. 12 WorldNetDaily column
The dreams-from-my-father moment appears to be nearing as riots, sit-ins and protests grow throughout the country. "Social-justice" miscreants – a whole new generation of '60s hippies – have escaped their cages and are running wild in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago and other U.S. cities. And, make no mistake about it, they're looking for red meat.
This weird mixture of commies and cuckoos are ecstatic over what BHO's policies have done to the U.S. economy in less than three years, and must surely be drooling over the thought of five more years of economic destruction. They believe – or at least they believe they believe, in the greatest of all contradictions – that by destroying wealth, there will be more wealth to share with "the masses" … you know, like in Mao's China, Lenin's and Stalin's Soviet Union, and Castro's Cuba.
-- Robert Ringer, Oct. 12 WorldNetDaily column
The occupiers of Wall Street were silent as the president of the United States approached the podium in downtown Manhattan and began to speak. Obama was expected to embrace the protesters, but much to their surprise, he delivered a stinging attack.
"You have disgraced yourself by your public displays of indecency, the disrespect for your fellow citizens who live and work here and by trashing this park and the restrooms of nearby merchants. Just look at some of the signs you are carrying. 'Jump you F---ers,' pigs in police uniforms and 'Shoot Sperm not Bullets.' Is that who you really are?
"I know that many of you are worried and frustrated with this economy, but don't take it out on the job creators. While some in my party have expressed solidarity with you, I cannot condone a group that blocks traffic and defecates on a squad car. You should be ashamed of yourselves!
"Go home and make this country a better place. If you don't have a job, take advantage of one of our programs to retrain for the jobs that go unfilled. While you are collecting unemployment checks, do something positive with your time. Begin cleaning up your neighborhood or work as a volunteer at a local hospital."
The alarm clock jarred me from my sleep. It had all been a dream!
-- Jane Chastain, Oct. 12 WorldNetDaily column
I've been following the antics of the Wall Street protesters over the last few weeks with a combination of amusement, pity, tolerance and disgust.
On one hand, their list of (cough) demands is so laughable that they defy logical response. Open-borders migration? Free college education? Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment? (That was probably the funniest.)
But I also feel some pity for these poor people. They can't help what they feel. All their lives they've attended liberal bastions of progressive brainwashing (government schools) and have never been exposed to any diversity of thought or opinion, much less real-world experience. They've been thoroughly indoctrinated into socialistic ideals, slurping down the progressive agenda like candy.
These protests are so valuable to the dark forces that are now controlling the actions, demands and purpose of the protesters. Yes, it's true: These young people are coming over to the Dark Side of the Force.
I call it the Dark Side because this force – progressivism, socialism and ultimately communism – is antithetical in every way to the principles laid out in our Constitution. Up to this point the protesters have been comparatively innocent, the natural offshoot of a lifetime of privileged existence and socialist education. But now they're being actively programmed by the Dark Side. These evil influences are altering the protesters' lines of thinking and behavior into paths that ultimately will shape not only their future, but potentially the future of our nation as well.
But our modern Darth Vaders don't paint it that way. They say they want to be "compassionate" and promote "equality" and "social justice." What they don't say is that these goals can only be achieved at the point of a gun and at the expense of freedom and liberty. It's a seductive thing, this Dark Side, and the young and gullible are easily swayed by it, particularly after a lifetime of being spoon-fed government educational twaddle.
-- Patrice Lewis, Oct. 14 WorldNetDaily column
For the past month, the liberal fascist mobs have been protesting American exceptionalism, capitalism and its symbolic embodiment, Wall Street in Manhattan. These legions of largely white hippie-types, are unwashed, unshaved, unemployed, unemployable masses; prone to violence, conspicuous drug use, rantings, cursing, public defecation on police cars and promiscuous sex – yet are clueless as to what, why or who they are even protesting.
For example, some of the young liberal fascists say they are protesting Wall Street corruption, government bailouts of Wall Street, capitalism and the banking industry, yet they seem ignorant to the fact President Obama and his socialist and crony-capitalist policies are behind all of the Wall Street bailouts – TARP I, TARP II, QE1, QE2, GM/Chrysler bailouts, Obama's green energy scams like Solyndra, First Solar, SolarReserve, SunPower Corp. and Abengoa SA.
Don't these nitwit socialists know anything about Obama's union bailouts, which are naked slush funds and kickbacks schemes to his $1 billion re-election campaign? Moreover, 20 percent of Obama's campaign contributions in 2008 were from Wall Street money, and surprise, surprise, surprise … these Democrats want to elect this same Marxist-Leninist in 2012 who gave us higher taxes, higher deficits and more job-killing regulations.
As the useful idiot mobs rant and rave daily against capitalism in New York and throughout America holding their fancy iPhones, iPods, iPads, Blackberries, Twitter and Facebook accounts, wearing their Gucci gym shoes and marijuana-scented designer clothing, we are witnessing Lenin's famous prophecy come to pass before our eyes – "The capitalists would sell us [communists] the noose to hang them with."
-- Ellis Washington, Oct. 14 WorldNetDaily column