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Above is a photo of the Occupy Wall Street protesters tussling with police as they blocked off the Brooklyn Bridge:
About 700 protesters were arrested after a horde of anti-Wall Street demonstrators swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday, halting traffic for more than three hours and clashing with cops on the famed span. Up to 100 cars were left stranded as the loud, angry crowd covered the crossing from end to end in an inflamed day of demonstrations against high unemployment, bank bailouts and financial pain for the masses.
One irate driver, a Ground Zero construction worker, was livid. “I work my ass off all day, and these goddamned hippies close down the Brooklyn Bridge so I can’t get home?” he said. “This ain’t right!”
No, it certainly ain't right, but the OWSers don't care about that. In their quest for attention, they don't care about anyone else's rights, just their own. I'm not sure how the OWSers associate the Brooklyn Bridge with Wall Street greed, or how they think blocking traffic for hours is going to accomplish anything other than pissing people off. The arrest of the 700 was the largest mass arrest since 1200 lefties were arrested at the 2004 Republican National Convention. I bet the media is going to be all aflutter over this spectre of left-wing violence....or not. Media hysteria is reserved for peaceful right-wing protests. When lefties get arrested, the subject magically morphs into police brutality.
I have a few observations:
1) Who knew there were still hippies ? Far out, man. Let's have a concert ! We can call it it Wallstock.
2) Isn't this anti-Wall Street protest about three years late ? At least the Tea Partiers showed up to protest the bailouts AS THE BAILOUTS WERE HAPPENING. Where were the OWSers ? I assume they overslept, as hippies are prone to do.
3) If the OWSers were really looking for jobs, they wouldn't be protesting for weeks on end. Also, as stated in the above link, lots of OWSers are making trips to the ATM machine in between railing against corporate personhood and chanting "People Over Profits". They don't seem to mind when the corporate machine spits out twenty dollar bills at them.
Btw, has anyone noticed that the OWSers are overwhelmingly white ??? This seemed to be a big issue with the Tea Party protests for some reason, so I thought I'd mention it. I know how concerned liberals are about this type of thing.
The Occupy Wall Street protesters, to date, have been rebels without a cause. No, strike that. They have a cause, or at least a vague idea of a cause. The OWSers know they're against capitalist greed, namely Wall Street, but unlike most protest movements, the OWSers haven't had any list of demands or solutions. Their message, if there is one, is muddled. You'll see a guy with an "Equal Taxation For All" sign standing next to a guy holding an "Eat The Rich. 90% Top Tax Rate" sign. Rather than rebels without a cause, you might say they've been rebels without a clue.
But a message of sorts is forming. This comes from the Brooklyn Bridge fiasco:
Once the demonstrations began, the crowd bellowed together as they marched: “Show me what democracy looks like. This is what democracy looks like!” Organizers of the amorphous group issued an ominous “Declaration of the Occupation of New York City,” Thursday night.
“No true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power,” the group declared. “We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments.”
And there you have it. According to the OWSers, democracy looks like, um, a small group of people imposing it's will on the general public. Yes, how very democratic of the OWSers, assuming the word "democratic" is synonymous with "mob rule". I'll have to check my Webster's. Something seems amiss. The rest of that OWSer philosophy sounds all too familiar. If only we could get rid of those private corporations who "run our governments", then we'd live in a world of "justice", without "oppression", and....blah, blah, blah. It's all been said a thousand times before. Some countries have even succeeded in getting rid of those private "robber barons" (USSR, Cuba, pre-market Communist China, etc). The only thing that has ever happened when free enterprise is repealed is that the government becomes an all-powerful tyrant where the people have no rights whatsoever, and no economic recourse whatsover. The people become serfs controlled 100% by their government overlords. At least with corporations, the participation of the public is voluntary. We don't have to buy their products or do business with any corporation. When the government is all-powerful, it FORCES you to bend to it's will. In the "true democracy" of the OWSers, individual choice is obliterated. What emerges from the ashes of free enterprise is totalitarianism. If that's OWS "democracy", you can count me out.
It seems some of the OWSers have developed a list of demands, which I call 'Repeal Reality And Replace With Economic Suicide'. Some of the individual ideas are not terrible, but when you take them all together...what a disaster:
Demand one: 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 two: 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 three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.
Demand four: Free college education.
Demand five: 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 six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.
Demand seven: 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 eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.
Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.
Demand ten: 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 eleven: 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 twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.
Demand thirteen: 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.
Hopefully, I won't have to explain how insane the above collective demands are to anyone...except to the Reverend, of course. The debt forgiveness proposal alone would collapse our financial system in a hearbeat, while the $20 minimum wage would skyrocket unemployment at the same time the government is spending trillions and trillions of dollars and the open borders policy would bring in millions looking for jobs....oh sorry, I'm starting to explain the insanity, after I said I shouldn't have to. Maybe I should call the OWSer plan 'How To Turn America Into A Third World Country Overnight', because that's what it would do. God forbid these lefties ever get what they are asking for. I have too much compassion for them to wish them such a fate.
I have a special Homer Simpson "DOH!!!" shout-out for Demand Three, where people get a living income whether they have a job or not. Hippies everywhere will love that one, but, how many people would go to work if they were paid whether they did or not ??? Answer - not many. God, lefties are dumb. I never stop being amazed.
You can see some of the OWS signs here. Below is my absolute favorite Rebel Without A Clue OWS sign (Don't look if you are offended by obscene language):
Yeah, man !!! We're offended by sh*t ! It's bullsh*t, and we want it replaced with different sh*t !!! F*ck !..and oh yeah, Peace !
How eloquent. A product of the public school system, no doubt.