The Right is so upset about the occupying wall street brats that they fail to see the real story here. Once again, The Pink Flamingo will state that the wall street brats are the very same ilk as the tea partiers. The only difference is their political ideology and the fact that tea party “patriots” have good hygiene.
In many ways the wall street occupiers are the mirror opposites of the tea parties, and here in lies the humor of it all. A heck of a lot of the tea partiers are basically recycled hippies. They’ve been there, done that, have the ratty t-shirts, and wrote the book on protests. They were protesters when protesting was groovy, man.
This is a very convoluted story, with a convoluted cast. The following have basically endorsed the occupation of Wall Street. Perhaps the most important story is that Ron Paul and his Bots are showing just how liberal they actually are. Maybe someone will notice.
- Van Jones
- Ron Paul
- Obama Administration
- Ron Paul Bots
- Alex Jones
- Reason Magazine
- Ralph Nadar
- Dennis Kucnich
- Nancy Pelosi
If you don’t think this is a group of strange bedfellows, then please, look again.
Three things are going on here. By the Right having their undies in a wad, they are missing several amazing stories.
- Ron Paul Bot libertarians are sticking up for the protesters. This is a very big deal because it will eventually dilute the power of the tea party libertarian Ron Paul Bots. Some of the major tea party dudes are getting involved in this. Ron Paul is all for it.
- Obama is using this as a way to keep the Right’s undies in a wad so that they will ignore the other scandals and his tanking poll numbers. This is about an incompetent president who is incapable of governing.
- The actual protesters are neither libertarian or Dem, but basically uneducated and very ignorant anarchists.
“...Note to all readers: This introductory article has been up online less than twelve hours and has already spawned a range of reactions, most of which are pre-judgments rendered by readers who do not have the full story. That is my fault, and I apologize to those readers. Please let me explain what this article is about. Oath Keepers has an assessment of what is currently happening in America regarding the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, which is spreading. On Tuesday, October 04, 2011, we came up with a plan, a new initiative which shall be Oath Keepers’ response to the demonstrations billed as “Occupy Wall Street”.
Our initiative is to place Oath Keepers’ message of Constitutionality in front of the demonstrators who show up at the rallies.
Oath Keepers is not involved in the leadership of “Occupy Wall Street”, but we have a keen interest in some subtle forces at play in all this, and we have a plan for countering those forces.
We have had numerous reports from our people who have attended some of these rallies, from Occupy Seattle to Occupy Los Angeles to Occupy Boston. Our reports indicate that most youth showing up at these events are people who have been suddenly awakened to the realization that this nation is in serious trouble. Many are frightened, more are angry, and most are confused. Oath Keepers notes that certain forces are attempting to co-opt their awakening by pointing a finger at Wall Street and using the corruption which is certainly documented and obvious to all to attack “capitalism”. They are attacking “capitalism” in order to persuade our youth that socialism (a soft form of communism) is to be preferred over the madhouse tactics of berserk corporate America, or, “Wall Street”. This is a lie being sold to our nation’s youth. Oath Keepers intends to redirect that lie back to the truth, which is the fact that the Federal Reserve is at the heart of the problem and without the Fed the bad boys of Wall Street could not do so much damage to our country.
Therefore, Oath Keepers sees good reason to stand in the streets with these awakening souls and protect their right to free speech, to peacefully assemble, and to redress their grievances to their government, as the Constitution prescribes for all Americans. That is one thing. Another facet of our initiative is to use these public gatherings to reach and teach many who now hunger for the truth — we can show them how the Constitution will protect them better than an oversized, bloated Federal behemoth hell-bent on controlling every aspect of each citizen’s life….”
It’s a Ron Paul Bot thing!
This is from a Ron Paul Bot occupier:
I don’t expect you to believe me. I want you to read this, take it with a grain of salt, and do the research yourself. You may not believe me, but I want your movement to succeed. From a former tea partier to you, young new rebels, there’s some advice to prevent what happened to our now broken movement from happening to you. I don’t agree with everything your movement does, but I sympathize with your cause and agree on our common enemy. You guys are very intelligent and I trust that you will take this in the spirit it is intended.
I wish I could believe this Occupy Wall Street was still about (r)Evolution, but so far, all I am seeing is a painful rehash of how the corporate-funded government turned the pre-Presidential election tea party movement into the joke it is now. We were anarchists and ultra-libertarians, but above all we were peaceful. So, the media tried painting us as racists. But when that didn’t work they tried to goad us into violence. When that failed, they killed our movement with money and false kindness from the theocratic arm of the Republican party. That killed our popular support.
I am sharing these observations, so you guys know what’s going on and can prevent the media from succeeding in painting you as violent slacker hippies rebelling without a cause, or from having the movement be hijacked by a bunch of corporatists seeking to twist the movement’s original intentions. If you think this can’t happen, it happened to the Independence Party and the tea party movement. Don’t let it happen to your movement as well.
Here’s how they turned our movement into a bunch of pro-corporate Republican Party rebranding astroturf, and this is how I predict they are turning your movement into a bunch of pro-corporate Democratic party rebranding astroturf. I believe many of these things are already happening, so take note.
1- The media will initially and purposely avoid covering your dissenting movement to cause confusion about what your movement is about within mainstream audiences. It might feel like this is to enrage you and make you appear unreasonable. Perhaps you will feel even invisible.
2- While the obsfuscation is happening, stooges will infiltrate and give superficial support, focus and financial backing to the targetted movement. In the tea party movement’s case, it was the religious Republicans and Koch Brothers. In this case, it’s many unions that cozy up to the Democratic Party (the organizations as quasi-human entities, not the members themselves) and Ultra Rich liberals who pretend to care, but frankly do not serve liberators and freedom seekers but rather the interests of some union leaders and the Democratic Party. Democrat, Republican, these parties are all part of the same corporate ruling system. Case in point: http://www.debates.org/
3-The media will cover the movement only after this infiltration succeeds. Once the infiltration is completed the MSM will manufacture public media antipathy towards the movement by using selective focus on the movement’s most repulsive elements or infiltrators on the corporate Conservative media side, while the corporate Liberal media will create a more sympathetic tragic hero image — this is the flip side of the tea party, but same media manipulation tactics. I go into greater detail on this tactic: http://vaslittlecrow.com/blog/2011/09/08/how-the-media-and-ideological-groups-manipulate-your-beliefs/
4- Someone in the Democratic Party will feign sympathy for the movement and falsely “non-partisan” entities provide tons of funding and unwanted organization, just as was done with the tea party movement by Republicans. Once people assume that the pro-corporate government operatives are their friends, they will hijack the movement and the threat of your movement will be neutralized.
If this new Occupy Wall Street movement is to survive, here’s what needs to be done.
1- Loudly denounce violence and disavow the violent rabblerousers of the movement. They do not help the cause.
2- Be image conscious. Present your best face and call out those who act like fools within the movement. People are more likely to pay attention to you in your Sunday dress and bringing homemade food, than when you are drinking a bottle of Snapple and chomping on Big Macs while you are looking like a slacker rich hipster/unwashed hippie stereotype.
3- Accept that you’ve already been infiltrated by the corporate-funded government, and work hard to say, and state what your movement is and is not about. “No, this isn’t about unions or liberals, conservatives or bored spoiled brats. This is about 99% of our population being exploited and manipulated for the sake of profit.” “No we will not resort to violence.” “Yes, all we want is for for the end of government collusion with corporate entities that are illegitimately recognized as people.” And, so forth…
4- Don’t forget who you are as the illusions are thrown at you. Corporatists are masters of illusions. That’s the most powerful weapon they have. That’s how they sell products you don’t need and convince you to justify accepting atrocities for the sake of products Don’t fall for it. Otherwise, your cause will be lost. Be wary of large donations from special interest groups or non-profit corporations that were not involved this movement from the inception. Special interests groups are not your allies. Non-profit corporations are still corporations, and unfortunately, too many of them care more about donations than doing the right thing. Killing a movement with kindness is easy.
5- Remain independent and focused. If you can, pick a face to represent your movement. Rosa Parks wasn’t just a random lady in a bus. http://l3d.cs.colorado.edu/systems/agentsheets/New-Vista/bus-boycott/ — She was chosen. You too can use the power of illusion against those who oppose you.
6- On the web, you can prevent a lot of hijacking simply by checking the small print, or going to the about pages of a group or individual. Non-profits and political action groups are legally obligated to disclose a lot of things, and you need to be aware of this. If the information is nowhere to be found, do a whois page search — if the information has a third-party privacy service or if it belongs someone in a partisan group, be alert. For example, I found one individual who was claiming to be non-partisan, but when I went to his website, I discovered that he wasn’t an individual at all and that his organization was actually funded by the biggest partisan fundraiser organization of its kind in the United States. If someone says something fishy, it probably is.
7- If you hear people who you know are part of the machine saying stuff like, “Progressives need to be more like the tea party,” don’t accept it on face value. Always follow the money, study past statements and groups they claim to be part of. If such people are suddenly telling you to emulate organizations that they once consistently denounced as evil or racist, without any rhyme or reason, they are lying to you.
I wish your movement better luck than we had with the tea party movement before it got hijacked by the theocrats and corporatists. We used to be non-partisan too. We were the older version of you. But, I believe that as the media apparatchik and infiltrators start to twist your cause, you will understand the frustration us early adopter tea partiers felt and that we were not your enemy after all. A fascist oligarchy on the verge of winning is our common enemy. This should be your focus. Don’t be dazzled by the illusion as we were. For the sake of our future, know who you are.
Thank you for reading. I would love to read your ideas on the subject. Correct me where I am wrong. Explain what is going right. This is ultimately your fight….”
“...Today, however, the future of the Tea-Party – and in fact Tea-Party Republicanism – is in doubt. The reason is simple: the Occupy Wall Street message, which to all who are listening is loud and clear despite the deafness of those caught up in the old paradigm of Twentieth Century politics, resonates with the Libertarian faction of the so-called Tea-Party and the Republicans.
So much so that on the ground in New York City and across the nation, from Wall Street to Main Street, Libertarians are fleeing their Tea-Party meetings and joining in the critical mass that has organically developed around the latest challenge to the status quo of wealth and power: the Occupy Wall Street movement.
This dynamic will certainly fragment the Tea-Party and drain it of its most significant resource. That primary asset is not the multi-millions of dollars it has been made available to it through its corporate sponsors. Instead it is the more fundamental and limited resource of bodies … the people that make up a movement.
The result of this shift of the Libertarian element in the Nation from an always already questionable alliance renders the Tea-Party vulnerable to becoming insignificant in the future of American politics.
As libertarians take to the street to protest the fat-cats and the greed of the 1%, finding an identity with the 99% of those negatively impacted by the overlap of wealth and power in American politics, the Tea Party loses its strength. The result will be that the faction currently controlling the Republican Party will be once again seen as simply the far-right social “Conservatives,” the extremist-Christian fundamentalists seeking to impose their will and their personal views on the masses, and will leave the Republican Party left with little real force behind its current agenda….”
Pardon me while I laugh. I don’t see a revolution here. We’re looking at a group of idiots who can’t get along in the world playing with one another. They are people who don’t do the system thing, don’t trust government, and are protesting because they can’t get their way. From what I’m reading, there are more third party types than Dems. The libertarians are out in force. So are the creepy Oathkeepers.
Obama’s re-election campaign is so disparate, they’re busing in their usual suspects. The libertarians are busing in theirs just as quickly.
Let’s just sit back and enjoy the show.
P. S. On the different occupier forums, they are stressing hygiene, cleanliness, hiding tattoos, piercings, and wearing deodorant – thank heavens!