By Gary Starr for the Neville Awards Oct. 17, 2011
New York is filled with touchy-feely liberals and Leftists. We certainly hope they are happy...this is what they voted for. The Occupy movement is rolling along, to where we are not sure. One thing is certain though. Everyone in the mainstream media and some in Congress are trying to embrace it or make excuses for it.
After two and a half years of vilifying the Tea Party, the standard Leftist mainstream media line likens Occupy Wall Street to.....wait for it.....the Tea Party, with comments like, "I'm not condoning lawlessness, but I can see their point" or the two movements have "certain things in common."
Really?!? The Tea Party message was simple and to the point: Cut Taxes, Cut Spending, return to Constitutional principles.
Occupy's message is detailed in their 13 demands as listed on their website:
Demand 1: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending "Freetrade" by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.
Demand 2: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.
Demand 3: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.
Demand 4: Free college education.
Demand 5: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.
Demand 6: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.
Demand 7: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America's nuclear power plants.
Demand 8: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.
Demand 9: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.
Demand 10: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.
Demand 11: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the "Books." World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the "Books." And I don't mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.
Demand 12: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.
Demand 13: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.
These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.
The pathetic NY Mayor Bloomberg and Brookfield Properties, the owners of Zucotti Park, showed everyone who is boss by caving to the NY City Council, who implied Brookfield Properties would face "future business difficulties" if cleaning crews moved in. The cave-in handed a psychological victory to the protestors who chanted "The people united will never be defeated," and "Get up, get down, there's revolution in this town."
The Occupy movement has also gone global causing riots in Rome and London. China's foreign ministry said the Occupy Wall Street movement "highlights issues that are worth considering, but that debates generated by the protests should promote global economic growth."
Meanwhile our brave liberal pols are tripping over themselves to have one more "hurrah in the revolutionary sun:
Nancy Pelos (D) CA
"I support the message to the establishment," Pelosi said on ABC's "This Week." "Change has to happen. We cannot continue in a way that does not -- that is not relevant to their lives. People are angry."
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse "The Body" Ventura compares the Occupy Wall Street crowd with the so-called Arab Spring. He thinks great things came from the protests sweeping the Arab world, and therefore great things will come from the protests here.
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Obama: "The protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works," Obama said when asked at a news conference about the "Occupy Wall Street" events.
At the Martin Luther King Memorial dedication he offered more support for protesters against the global financial system after a weekend of demonstrations in cities around the world, but called on them not to "demonize" those who worked on Wall Street.
Referring to protests that have spread from Wall Street to London, Rome and elsewhere, Mr Obama said: "Dr. King would want us to challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing those who work there."
Of course not Barack...you can't jeopardize those millions in contributions you need from those Wall Street "fat cats" that you have been demonizing for three years.
Barbara Lee (D) Texas
"It's about time. I fully understand and support these protesters. This should have happened two or three years ago."
Richard Trumka (President AFL CIO):
Occupy Wall Street has captured the imagination and passion of millions of Americans who have lost hope that our nation's policymakers are speaking for them. We support the protesters in their determination to hold Wall Street accountable and create good jobs. We are proud that today on Wall Street, bus drivers, painters, nurses and utility workers are joining students and homeowners, the unemployed and the underemployed to call for fundamental change. Across America, working people are turning out with their friends and neighbors in parks, congregations and union halls to express their frustration - and anger -- about our country's staggering wealth gap, the lack of work for people who want to work and the corrupting of our politics by business and financial elites. The people who do the work to keep our great country running are being robbed not only of income, but of a voice. It is time for all of us-the 99 percent-to be heard.
Bill O'Reilly and Bernard Goldberg discuss Anti-Semitism at the protests 10/17/11
As always, what leftist protest wouldn't be complete without a dose of good old Anti-Semitism? The following are links to more anti-Jewish protests that have flourished in the Occupy movement:
Infamous anarchist, Lisa Fithian led Thursday's events, attempting to disrupt the Mortgage Bankers conference at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. The protest was one of 5 feeder allies that eventually led to the Art Institute, where protesters threw vulgar comments and screams at families entering the Art Institute.
Columnist Mark Steyn writing on the negative effects of the Occupy Movement in the Orange County Register, Oct. 14:
Beneath the allegedly young idealism [of Occupy Wall Street] are very cobwebbed assumptions about societal permanence. The agitators for "American Autumn" think that such demands are reasonable for no other reason than that they happen to have been born in America, and expectations that no other society in human history has ever expected are just part of their birthright. But a society can live on the accumulated capital of a glorious inheritance only for so long. And, in that sense, this bloodless, insipid revolution is just a somewhat smellier front for the sclerotic status quo.
Middle-class America is dying before our eyes: The job market is flat-lined, college fees soar ever upward, the property market is underwater, and ObamaCare is already making medical provision both more expensive and more restrictive. That doesn't leave much else-although no doubt, as soon as they find something else, the statists will fix that, too. As more and more middle Americans are beginning to notice, they lead more precarious and vulnerable lives than did their blue-collar parents and grandparents without the benefit of college "education" and health "benefits." For poorer Americans, the prospects are even glummer, augmented by ever-grimmer statistics on obesity, childhood diabetes and much else. Potentially, this is not decline, but a swift devastating downward slide, far beyond what post-war Britain and Europe saw and closer to Peronist Argentina on a Roman scale.
It would be heartening if more presidential candidates understood the urgency. But there is a strange lack of boldness in most of their proposals. They, too, seem victims of that 1950 moment, and assumptions of its permanence.