Posted on | November 18, 2011 | 42 Comments
That phrase occurred in one of my posts yesterday as I contemplated MSNBC’s utterly one-sided coverage of Occupy Wall Street’s nationwide “Day of Action”:
Liberals decided from the outset that Occupy Wall Street would be a rallying point, their triumphant response to the Tea Party movement, and they refuse to let it go. It must be defended.
Now that the Left’s movement has disintegrated into what Cupp calls a “public-relations nightmare” — violence, crime, disease, an irresistible scum-magnet for every pervert, schizo and anarchist looking for a deviant thrill — the MSNBC crowd continues stubbornly insisting that this frothing degenerate mob is a broad-based “social movement,” and that everything offensive about it can be dismissed as irrelevant or trivial, in comparison to the movement’s goals, whatever the goals actually are.
What the MSNBC crowd refuses to recognize is that the offensive aspects of the Occupy movement are not incidental to it, but an expression of the movement’s anti-social essence.
The mobs who are attacking “Wall Street” are anti-wealth and anti-capitalism and, if you understand what wealth and capitalism represent, you understand that the Occupiers are also anti-work, anti-thrift and anti-enterprise. That is to say, they are fundamentally hostile to bourgeois values.
Therefore, the outbreaks of criminality (extensively documented by John at Verum Serum) represent the dangerous anarchic impulses that inspire the movement. It does not matter how often the leaders of Occupy Wall Street disavow violence; their demonization of the rich inevitably attracts twisted souls filled with inchoate rage. Young people who hate their parents, maladjusted neurotic personalities seeking scapegoats for their own failures, ranting madmen in the throes of schizophrenia — to such deviants, the “Occupy” protests are a festive celebration of grievances and resentments they have long nourished in their envious hearts.
Knowing that these sociopathic tendencies are fundamental to the spirit of the Occupy movement — having recently spent a few minutes trapped among the riotous mob — I was angered but not surprised to spot a sign in a video of yesterday’s crowd: “F**k the System, NYPD, Bloomberg.” What is “the System” that inspires the obscene epithet?
It is “the System” of private property and market exchange.
It is “the System” of the Rule of Law.
It is “the System” of limited representative government, which is not constitutionally authorized to pick winners and losers, nor to redistribute wealth according to notions of “equality,” “fairness” or “social justice.”
Stipulate that wealthy interests have gamed “the System” to their own advantage, so that Goldman Sachs, General Motors and other corporations deemed “too big to fail” have received windfalls at taxpayer expense, in repayment of their support for the bipartisan corruption in Washington. But the Occupiers aren’t reading Peter Schweizer’s shocking new expose of crony capitalism or demanding criminal prosecution of Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, et al.
The mobs are not focusing their wrath on the politicians responsible for the problem, but instead are raging against Wall Street, that enduring symbol of the free-enterprise “System,” which is merely doing what Wall Street has always done, providing a market where those with capital to invest seek opportunities for profit.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, Mark Halperin said of the Occupiers, “They have not handled their brand well.” But exactly what is their “brand”? The Lonely Conservative’s “Day of Action” roundup highlights one action that adequately epitomizes the OWS “brand”:
In Utah, they bombed a Wells Fargo branch office with Molotov cocktails. I guess they don’t understand that quite a few in the 99% work at banks as tellers and clerks.
Why can’t liberals like Halperin confront the reality that Molotov cocktails are a logical consequence of the Occupy movement? Once more, we quote The Lonely Conservative:
The only positive thing to come out of all of this is that now people can see with their own eyes what life is like in a collective utopia.
“In New Hampshire on Thursday, Cain accused the protesters of ‘trying to destroy the greatest nation in the world’ with plans to stop traffic and subway commuters. He accused them of trying ‘to infringe upon people’s right and liberty to go to work.'”
— CBS News
You can mock Herman Cain all you want, but who can deny he’s gotten this exactly right? The Occupiers are the vilest dregs of humanity, a menace to society, the friends of all that is false and evil, the enemies of all that is good and true.
Criminals is what they are and crime is what they do.
Liberals who have embraced Occupy Wall Street refuse to let it go, and we should not let them turn it loose, because they deserve all the shame and disgrace they gain by that foul embrace.
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