Good news! The German Nazi party, a squalid cabal of skinheads and psychopaths, in its longing for the past glories of Treblinka and Dashau, has endorsed “Occupy Wall Street.” If that were not enough to insure the Wall-Streeters a place in the sun the convicted cop killer Mumia Abu Gamal, has generously added his own lyrical endorsement. What more could the Wall-Streeters ask for? Well, President Obama and the Democrat Administration have added their endorsement, first with a not so candid “wink” from President O’bama, and finally with an addled “God Bless-em” from former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Panic is the mid wife of witless strategies.
The good news is that Americans battered by a severe recession, joblessness, inflation, foreclosures, flash mobs, drug wars and government class warfare may take comfort in knowing that only one third of the Wall-Streeters advocate terrorism as a means to the imposition of their agenda.
Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen's firm surveys the mob, and turns up some...interesting results:
The protesters have a distinct ideology and are bound by a deep commitment to radical left-wing policies. On Oct. 10 and 11, Arielle Alter Confino, a senior researcher at my polling firm, interviewed nearly 200 protesters in New York's Zuccotti Park…Our research shows clearly that the movement doesn't represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence. Half (52%) have participated in a political movement before, virtually all (98%) say they would support civil disobedience to achieve their goals, and nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda.
The young and idealistic, Wall-Streeters claim to have discovered in the vacuous labyrinth of their iconoclastic minds a wisdom so perfect and a political science so excellent they need not explain it to the common folk. It is enough to say that they have unchained economics from Malthusian pessimism, from the laws of cause and effect, supply and demand, wealth and ruin, indeed, from reality itself.
Still there is not much new under the sun. In fact, the Wall-Streeters’ protest is centered on a first principle that has been around since the first pickpocket plied his trade. The country singer Hank Williams Jr. expressed this principle most poignantly in his song I fought the Law. Strumming an old, well-worn guitar he warbled out,
I wanted some money cause I had none,
I fought the law and the law won.
The Wall-Streeters also want some money “cause they have none.” Accordingly, they demand that Americans be done with constitutions, elections, and governments. They shout let there be untold wealth, the repeal of American borders, the extinction of corporations and single payer health care. Let there be government paid $50,000 per year salaries even for those who do not care to work, and a free college education for those who already know everything. Let all and every debt be repealed forever and a day— let there be everywhere eternal anarchy. And let us be done forever with addition and subtraction.
But how will Valhalla be financed? Simple really: All that need be done is to take Wall Street in hand, dismiss or behead those “vampires” who are rich because they have stolen trillions of dollars from the illiterate, the pseudo-intellectual and an army of government free loaders who claim a constitutional right to bread, leisure, and ignorance.
Like the sixties hippies addled by the narcissist idea that history and wisdom began with them, the Wall-Streeters claim a transcendent knowledge unavailable to Americans older than say, age thirty.
It is true, however, that many Wall-Streeters have been sorely overcharged for their virtually worthless college degrees. Although they have been taught a large repertoire of dog-tired political epithets, “Power to the People” or “Let the Workers of the World Unite” for example, they have not been taught how to think. They have instead been taught how to “feel.” But ragged, green emissions of raw sentiment and deadbeat political slogans are a poor substitute for reason.
In 1789 the French people stormed the Bastille, executed King Louis XVI in January of 1793 and engaged in that Reign of Terror inspired by leftist Jacobins, in particular Robespierre. The Jacobins promised freedom, justice and a constitution. They promised liberation from the oppression of a corrupt king, a profligate, tax-exempt aristocracy and a queen who told them to go eat cake.
The Jacobins, however, became too attached to the efficiency of terrorism and so resorted to mass murder. Their youthful idealism quickly descended into mob rule. Indeed, Robespierre himself was finally trotted out to take his place in the long line leading to the scaffold of a bloody guillotine. In the end, a once radical Jacobin predator Napoleon Bonaparte destroyed the Revolution, declared himself emperor, caused the military slaughter of millions, brought France down to ruin and finally met his Waterloo.
“I wanted some money cause I had none?” Not all that great a principle. Really.
What do you think?
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