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#OccupyDC ‘What Democracy Looks Like’

Posted on | November 5, 2011 | 92 Comments

“Let it sink in: Their protests now need rape shelters. This is actually happening. And New York City lets it go on. . . . [T]he coverage of OWS protests compared to the coverage of tea-party protests is the worst media double standard in recent history.”
Allahpundit, Hot Air

“These are the people the Democrats and their accomplices in the media stand with.”
The Lonely Conservative

Michelle Fields has posted her crew’s video of the violence and intimidation perpetrated by the “Occupy DC” mob Friday night:

About the elderly woman you see on the video (3:20) who got shoved to the ground by the “Occupy” mob:

Her name is Dolores Broderson, age 78. She rode on a bus for 11 hours from Detroit to get there. She went to the emergency room with a bloody nose and bruises on her hand and leg.”

We can no longer tolerate media assertions that this is a non-violent movement. When your purpose is to inspire hatred, to threaten and intimidate, when you trespass and obstruct traffic, when you chant obscenities and deliberately seek to provoke confrontations — no, you’re not being non-violent, no matter how often you claim to be “peaceful.”

But who can expect honesty from such savages? And who can any longer doubt that the mainstream media are acting as accessories to this criminal movement by pretending that the “Occupy [Whatever]” mob’s regular eruptions of violence and criminality are atypical aberrations? Just look at the headlines:

Occupy Protester Arrested In $10M Arson Fire

Occupy Boston Occupies Israeli Consulate
Ira Stoll

Zuccotti protesters put up women-only
tent to prevent sexual assaults

New York Post

Fear Of Violence Spreading To OccupySeattle
Thomas Ferdousi

“Nothing to see here, move along. Just what ‘democracy looks like.'”
Darleen Click, Protein Wisdom

Yes, in the sense that “democracy” is a mob contemptuous of Western civilization, without respect for private property, ignorant of the Anglo-American Rule of Law tradition, and worked into a fevered frenzy by ritualistic incantations of radical-egalitarian concepts of “social justice” — well, indeed, this is what democracy looks like.

Those smelly hippies probably never even heard of Edmund Burke, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Richard Weaver, Russell Kirk, Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, et al.

Perhaps the malodorous mobsters would reply: “We’re not going to pay money for books, you capitalist vulture!” But even if you offered them Leonard Read’s classic essay, “I, Pencil,” online for free, they couldn’t be bothered to spend the time needed to read its 2,229 words. Even if you could force them to read it, however, they couldn’t possibly understand it, either because they lack the intelligence to comprehend basic reasoning, or else because they’ve been so thoroughly brainwashed into the collectivist mentality as to have become actively hostile to freedom.

As I explained last week, the “Occupy [Whatever]” movement is about “Organized Ignorance.” Once you’ve seen the phenomenon first-hand — chanting slogans or doing their ridiculous “mike check” call-and-response routines — you realize that their insistence on speaking in unison is a function of their inability to think as individuals.

“The good news is that more and more Americans are seeing these disgusting creatures in action. It will help Republican candidates immensely in 2012.”
John Hinderaker, Powerline

Good news? If you look at it from a short-term partisan perspective, I suppose it’s good for independent voters to be reminded of what the Democratic Party’s “base” really looks like. But there is something genuinely tragic, and profoundling troubling, in watching this sorry “Occupy” farce unfold. So many young people have been so miseducated that they can’t tell “heaven from hell, blue skies from pain,” et cetera.

UPDATE (Smitty): Welcome, Instapundit readers!



  • Dianna Deeley

    It’s been painful to watch even a quieter, more mellow set of Occupiers, in San Francisco.

    They somehow think that a government that enforces “fairness”, defined in a shallow and adolescent fashion, won’t interfere with their lives.

    If the definition of non-interference is sex and drugs, I suppose it might work out – but that’s because those remain the cheapest and easiest distractions available. When you want other liberties, though?

    Not so much.

    Poor kids. The very worst thing that could happen is that they get what they so long for.

  • Anonymous

    At the risk of hyperbole once the dogs have gone rabid there’s nothing to save them. As for the leftist education industry being solely to blame not sure I’m buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Are you sure you’re not John McEnroe? He has a bad habit of saying that I’m saying things I didn’t say, too.

    It’s now been about half a century since Flemming v. Nestor. You might want to read it. Social Security is not an “investment” which entitles one to ownership an account balance, nor is it an “insurance policy” in which premiums give one a right to “benefits.” It’s just a welfare program that happens to be — but doesn’t have to be — linked to a particular tax.

    People “pay into” the Department of Agriculture their entire lives, too, but that doesn’t mean they’re entitled to a farm.

  • metalscapeinc

    The Right preaches Down With Capitalism?

  • Anonymous

    As of yet neither has this Donner Party (killed someone for dinner) but they have started to “consume” each other.

  • elaine

    “The Left knows no shame and the Right knows no compassion.”

    Um… really?  The Right knows no compassion?

    I’m so freaking sick of hearing this pile of flaming bull crap.  Did you know that per capita, people give more to charity in flyover country than in the blue states, even though people in flyover country have lower income levels.  That’s not proof of compassion?

    The Right believes that charity is a duty of the individual, not of the government.  We not only believe it, we’re willing to put our money where our mouths are and actually give our own to help others.  That’s not compassionate?

    It’s not “compassionate” to demand the government take money from the “haves” in order to give to the less fortunate.  Nope… that’s SELFISHNESS.  Put your hand in your own pocket and take out some cash if you care so damn much for the poor…

    As for the kids who’ve been duped, it’s true enough they’re regurgitating what they’ve been taught in the public schools, but they probably also heard much of the same stuff from their parents, too.  It’s also true that the government and the schools have been telling kids for decades that getting a college degree increases their earning potential.  So?  But who told them all college degrees hold the same intrinsic value?  Is a degree in engineering as valuable or more valuable as one from Harvard law?  Is a degree in women’s studies or underwater basket weaving as valuable as one in mathematics?  Should it be?  

    What prevented these kids or their parents from asking some questions about what the cost/benefit ratio is for an expensive college degree?  What prevented these kids from getting a job to help defray the costs of their higher education?  What prevented these kids from putting off college a few years while they earned enough money to pay off some of their education before they even started it?  And what prevented them from getting degrees in useful fields where positions can’t be filled because there are no qualified candidates?

    Nothing prevented any of that, except a lack of imagination and personal responsibility for the outcome of their own choices.

    I don’t lack compassion for saying that, that’s just the cold, hard reality.  There are plenty of things you can do without a college degree, but the piece of parchment has become, for some, the be-all and end-all.  It’s the magic ticket to a high-paying job, regardless of the value of the course of study.  And now they’re throwing a tantrum when it doesn’t pan out.  Bloggers like Glenn Reynolds have been writing about the higher education bubble for years.  I had college professors in the early 80s who were incredulous as to how students were supposed to pay for college, given how expensive it was then… and I was attending a third-tier state college at the time.  It’s not like people haven’t seen the trend that college was pricing itself out of the market, just like housing was in many metro areas.  The answer is the consumer didn’t have to consume, but government — in both cases — lent a “helping” hand so that people could buy beyond their means.  And now the bill’s come due.

    That’s not my fault or the fault of anyone who’s managed to live within their means. 

    Let the colleges who foisted worthless degrees and huge debt on these kids eat the bad debt.

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  • Anonymous

    For one Eric Holder doesn’t have anyone protecting polling stations and Justice comes into the picture only after the crimes against voting occurs. I can see these folks attempting to interfere with voting though to what purpose I don’t know. General mayhem? I doubt they’d do it to help the SDs for that matter I’m not sure most of them are for voting at all.

  • Anonymous

    Um excuse me? Not sure what “The Right preaches Down With Capitalism?” had to do with my comment. 

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  • Garym

    What kids? They are fucking animals and smelly hippies. As for spending a fortune on education, why aren’t these freaks occupying universities and colleges? Shouldn’t they be asking for no tuition as well as free loans?

  • Patrick

    three words: KENT STATE PLEASE

  • Adjoran

    Wrong you are, Numbnuts.  We’ll have plenty of compassion for their nexts of kin.

  • Adjoran

    I disagree.

    The way I see it, the zombies will have to eat SOMEBODY first.

  • Adjoran

    Many seem to confuse them with Alferd Packer.

  • Adjoran

    I am so tired of that crap.  AFAIK, the only “community organizing” Obama did for any length of time or as his main focus wasn’t what people assume:  he was an attorney for ACORN.  He wasn’t out there carrying petitions in the ‘hood, Homey.  He wasn’t driving people to demonstrations or meetings.  He wasn’t signing up members.

    ALL the jerk did was file suits and motions for the group, which then as now was frequently in legal trouble, since their entire purpose was corrupt from the beginning.

    “Community Organizer”?  Meh.

  • SDN

    Jeff, if the Tea Party had stopped it, knappy here would have been the first to scream “RAAAAACISM!!!!”.

  • SDN

    knappy, Communism was and is an economic system long before anyone tried to run a country with it.

  • SDN

    “And considering these examples neither would any Democrat in office.”

    Edward, they won’t enforce any laws on their fellow travelers; enemies like us won’t be so lucky. Also, now is the time to be applying as poll watchers, etc.

  • SDN

    No, down with re-education. Privatizing the schools completely would be the best thing for them.

  • Bill Dalasio

    If someone were to train a pit bull to attack people, how would you handle the matter.  The “kids” you refer to strike me as grown adults, at least chronologically.  Did you watch the video?  Nary a one was acting with any semblance of consideration for anyone other their compatriots.  When the old ladies were knocked down, were there OWS protesters urging their peers to stand back and allow the old ladies to get up?  If so, I must have missed them.  Where was the compassion there?  The kids have become the “anarchists” (I use quotes, because none of the actual anarchists I know advocate all-government-all-the-time).  Yes, we should rightfully blame their teachers and professors for turning them into rabid animals.  But, at this point, that transformation has happened.  If we are to show any compassion, it is for those who would be their victims going forward.  And the best way to do that is to put the movement down.

  • ThePaganTemple

    If the “kids” get their heads busted open it will only be because they’ll have brought it on themselves, and by the way, once you’re eighteen years old you’re no longer a “kid” you’re legally an adult. When you commit a crime at that age, you will be charged as an adult.

    Having said that, I do agree with you about the responsibility of what you call the leftist education industry, which has spent decades churning out brain-dead indoctrinated leftist zombies.

    But you’re complaining about the inevitable results of that. If anything, this has been way too long coming.

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  • Garym

    I don’t have a link to anything, but i’m sure that I rea somewhere that he taught Alinski tactics to ACORN members. In any case, “community organizer” addresses a leader of deadbeats as opposed to a leader of people.

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  • Dianna Deeley

    The fellow who particularly relished the pectoral muscles?

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  • Bob Belvedere

    Not true, Adj.  Read Stanley Kurtz’s Radical-In-Chief.

  • Bob Belvedere

    I feel much better.

  • Drbentley11

    what the fuck are talking about  asswwipe. elderly handicapped people are being abused  and you are cracking wise  about compassionate conservatism. I could put a double guage shotgun against  your head right now but of course you will never idendify yourself.  don bentley Niceville Florida bring it on asswipe  

  • Drbentley11

    eat shit and die

  • Drbentley11

    How you ever had like a job where you worked for money?

  • Drbentley11

    Is there any way we can get an id on the guy  if the name Matthew  Patterson  is actully real.

  • Anonymous

    You realize that’s exactly what these #OWS idiots want, right?

  • Anonymous

    I would visit an #OWS rally, but my powered body armor is at the cleaners.

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  • ThePaganTemple

    If it ever came down to where that were to actually happen so would most other people. We haven’t had any full scale riots yet, but  if and when it happens, and the police have to restore order using deadly force, just who is going to object?