What’s the deal with all those we see “demonstrating” in New York, Philadelphia, and elsewhere, vowing to “occupy” something. There were even a dozen or so on local TV this morning, just waking up from having spent a night on the cold concrete slabs of the Legislative Plaza while “occupying” Nashville! What’s in it for them and what’s in it for us?
The media says the demonstrators have no common objective, but one thing does seem to bind them together. They are demanding action on President Obama’s pledge to re-distribute the wealth. To them, of course.
And the President agrees! We must remember that this “community organization” is the fruition of what President Obama devoted so much of his adult life to promoting, and the class envy he espouses daily. The “Occupy Wall Street” crowd is being supported by the familiar group of Socialist suspects: George Soros; www.MoveOn.org; Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), the only confessing Muslim in Congress; MSNBC news commentator, the Reverend Al Sharpton; the NEA; the SEIU; the AFL/CIO; the Teamsters; NY mayor Bloomberg; and the usual Hollywood celebrities.
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is asking our God to “bless them.” Former Minnesota governor Jesse “The Body” Ventura compares the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd with the so-called Arab Spring. He thinks great things came from the protests sweeping the Arab world, and therefore great things will come from the protests here. One of those “great things” was yesterday’s killing of 26 Egyptian civilians, mostly Christians, who didn’t particularly care for the Muslim Brotherhood’s version of “Spring.” Another is the pending execution of a protestant minister in Iran for his refusal to renounce his Christianity.
But in response to media pressure, the group has come up with a manifesto of sorts, with thirteen demands. In the interest of space I had not planned to list them all, but frankly didn’t know which ones to omit. So here they are. I am sure more will be added later:
#1: Raise the minimum wage to $20 per hour.
#2: Institute a universal healthcare system.
#3: Provide a guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.
#4: Free college education.
#5: End the use of fossil fuels, and bring alternative energy availability up to energy demand.
#6: One trillion dollars in infrastructure spending now.
#7: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration and decommissioning of all of America’s nuclear power plants now.
#8: Racial and gender equal rights amendment to the Constitution.
#9: Open all borders to immigration.
#10: Bring American elections up to international standards.
#11: Immediate debt forgiveness of all commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans.
#12 Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.
#13 Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time to have a union represent them or to form a union.
We Conservatives, of course, have no sympathy for the demonstrators, and look forward to the arrival of cold weather which, hopefully, will send them back under their respective rocks. But they do represent a growing unrest in America. Big Government, and the Friends of Big Government are “drowning in caviar and bathing in Perrier” with monies looted from average taxpayers. $ billions are being handed out to political cronies under the guise of “green energy,” while 14 millions of Americans are looking for work, and millions more have simply quit looking.
The thirteen demands listed above, although radical, are reflective of real problems that they, and even the Tea Partiers, believe must be addressed. We must stop government over-spending, and the excessive taxation that accompanies it. We must stop dependence on foreign fossil fuels. We must stop “crony capitalism” which we all see as rampant. We must eliminate overreaching government regulations that create unwarranted cost of production. We must address the currently unsustainable systems of taxation and entitlements. We must stop fighting foreign wars that have no attainable objectives and no end. I could go on, but you get the idea.
Months ago Glenn Beck predicted that we would see a grass-roots
uprising of such intensity that we would demand, and welcome, Big Government control, which has been the Fascist objective all along. It is right out of the Saul Alinski Rules for Radicals and the Cloward–Pivens The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty, the two principle guidebooks of the Obama administration, and its willing accomplices in the Democrat Party.
If there is a lesson to be learned from all of this, it is that unless the more rational among us quickly address these problems with bold and unprecedented action, the unrest that is sweeping the Arab world and most of Europe will run rampant right here. Not only in the urban centers of New York, or Philadelphia, or Berkely, but in the heartland as well. In Paducah. And Peoria. And Murfreesboro. And Nashville. Could you have imagined an “Occupy Nashville” movement just two weeks ago?
I fear this is only the beginning.