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The Violent Rhetoric of the Occupation

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:02 pm - October 12, 2011.
Filed under: Media Bias,Misrepresenting the Right

Every single day,” writes Zombie on the PJ Tatler,

more videos emerge from the Occupy movement showing people saying things that, if they had been said by a Tea Partier, would have been front-page news for weeks and discredited the movement forever. But since it’s the Occupy Wall Street movement, darlings of the media and Democratic politicians, they get a pass.

Jim Hoft has been doing a good job linking reports of rude, obnoxious, disrespectful and violent behavior that would dominate the nationals had they but taken place at Tea Party protests.  (Not to mention the evidence of astroturfing.) Commenting on Zombie’s post, Ed Morrissey recalls his experience at the less violent, more civil libertarian/conservative grassroots gatherings:

I’ve been to a few Tea Party events and don’t recall anyone on stage advocating the “bloody” overthrow of the United States.  I have seen on occasions people carrying signs with the famous Thomas Jefferson quote from 1787, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.  It is its natural manure.”  The media usually uses those images to paint Tea Party activists as an angry, violent mob.

And yet our media celebrates this movement as the vanguard of an energized liberal base.  Wonder why they’re so excited about these protests with a paltry (at least compared to Tea Party gatherings) turnout and so disinterested in their violent rhetoric and rude behavior?  (Last link via Instapundit.)

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  1. Wonder why they’re so excited about these protests with a paltry (at least compared to Tea Party gatherings) turnout and so disinterested in their violent rhetoric

    Umm… because America’s “mainstream” media is out of step with the average American? Because they’re utterly leftist? and (risking a redundancy) corrupt?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 12, 2011 @ 1:18 pm - October 12, 2011

  2. Socio-economic violence has always been a tactic of the “Angry Left”, be they Socialist, Communist, National Socialist, Social Democrat or just-plain “Democrat”….usually followed by mob anarchy then hijacked by their-own corrupt leadership in the name of “People’s Justice” complemented with summary arrests, arbitrary confiscations and the gallows.

    The Founders feared this and insisted on a limited-republic built on the rule of law…not the “democracy” of the mob…and generally respected the franchise based on the ownership of property and/or the payment of taxes. There’s a reason why County elected-officials here in NJ are still called “Chosen Freeholders”.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — October 12, 2011 @ 3:51 pm - October 12, 2011

  3. The MSM has Tea Party Envy; the aimless Communist Blob is slowly breaking apart since–aside from the broad Communist strokes–it lacks a coherent nucleus to keep it a singular focus. The blob will eat itself.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — October 13, 2011 @ 10:15 am - October 13, 2011

  4. If anyone doubts either the hypocrisy *or the basic authoritarianism/fascism* of the Left, consider this: Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. is now calling for Obama to suspend the Constitution.

    Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that congressional opposition to the American Jobs Act is akin to the Confederate “states in rebellion.”…

    “I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means, based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion in the past,” Jackson said…

    “President Obama tends to idealize — and rightfully so — Abraham Lincoln, who looked at states in rebellion and he made a judgment that the government of the United States, while the states are in rebellion, still had an obligation to function,” Jackson told TheDC at his Capitol Hill office on Wednesday.

    “On several occasions now, we’ve seen … the Congress is in rebellion… [I want] direct hiring of 15 million unemployed Americans at $40,000 a head, some more than $40,000, some less than $40,000 — that’s a $600 billion stimulus. It could be a five-year program. For another $104 billion, we bailout all of the states … for another $100 billion, we bailout all of the cities,” he said.

    Jackson added that his $804 billion stimulus plan is the only way to solve the unemployment crisis…

    “We’ve got to go further. I support what [Obama] does… if there are extra-constitutional opportunities that allow the president administratively to put the people to work, he should pursue every single one of them,” Jackson suggested.

    To summarize:

    – Jackson likes, um, five year plans.
    – He asserts that his way is the ONLY way.
    – And that Obama should “exercise extraordinary constitutional means, based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion [sic]”, to implement his way.

    So many things wrong with all that, it’s hard to know where to start, but here are some ideas.

    – Lincoln did not face a “Congress in rebellion”. Never, in the history of the United States, has there been a “Congress in rebellion”. Neither is there one now. Jackson gets an ‘F’ in American History.
    – What Lincoln did in the Civil War, was suspend habeas corpus. Since Jackson wants Obama to emulate Lincoln now, Jackson evidently wants (or could only intend for) Obama to suspend habeas corpus and jail Tea Party / Republican opposition.
    – Imagine a Republican representative, in 2005-6, making similar calls for Bush to suspend Constitutional protections and separations of power because of the crisis of the war in Iraq. Hint: NONE DID OR WOULD.

    Lefties spent the Bush years *fantasizing* that Republicans wanted to suspend the Constitution. Now that lefties are in power (and their programs are predictably failing), lefties are actually calling for suspension of the Constitution.

    Socialism, in the broad sense of the term, is the public provision of private goods (like, say, jobs), by central planning. Forms of private property may well be retained to make administration easier, but the substantive rights of ownership – the rights to decide what can/will be done with property – revert to the government. (The contrast is to “socialism in the narrow sense”, where property is nationalized outright.)

    Combine socialism with appeals to patriotism, and for that matter to race-consciousness, and you have… National Socialism. Yes, Jackson’s views are the *American equivalent* of Nazism. In the famous parlor game of Who Goes Nazi? – and given the year 2011, in which “mainstream” American racism is inevitably anti-white – Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is one who Goes Nazi.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 13, 2011 @ 12:06 pm - October 13, 2011

  5. Violent rhetoric? Why they are just expressing the frustrations that Americans are feeling, and it must be so because Nancy Pelosi said it.
    These young people are expressing the revolutionary spirit that our Founding Fathers did, so said Charlie Rangle. If the TEA Party could´ve gotten those two to say those things about them, maybe the MSM probably would have given it favorable publicity.

    Comment by Roberto — October 13, 2011 @ 12:37 pm - October 13, 2011

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