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Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

OUR COMMON TRAGEDY


By

ROBERT HARKINS

The “Occupy Wall Streeters”, in demonstrations across this grand America, have displayed a common character as tragic as the President’s funding of a corrupt “green” Solyndra and as slick as P.T. Barnum’s circus shtick in which he was heard to say, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

There is an amoral basis for their “occupation.” It is evident in the tons of garbage they have piled against stately trees and once immaculate park benches, in their interference with traffic and the lives of people, in their intimidation of local governments and business employees, in the spectacle of an occasional child-rape.

DALLAS — Dallas police have arrested a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a minor at the Occupy Dallas campsite downtown. Richard Armstrong, 24, was charged with sexual assault of child and failure to register as a sex offender. Armstrong was identified as the man who police said had sex with a runaway from Garland. The alleged incident happened in a tent at one of the encampments on or before Oct. 23.[1]

That and mindless expressions of anti-Semitism. In a video published on the Weekly Standard a gang of Wall Streeters, shouting out the names of a number of male Jews accuse them and the Israelis of master minding the 911 massacre as a means to lure the American government into an invasion of the Middle East.[2]

Finally, moral and intellectual bankruptcy finds its grossest expression in public exhibitions of masturbation. This last we may suppose will be characterized by the leftward press and the American Civil Liberties Union as a symbolic expression of First Amendment free speech, much as the symbolic erection of tents, and demands for other people’s money.

City officials temporarily denied Occupy Madison a new street use permit Wednesday after protesters violated public health and safety conditions and failed to follow the correct processes to renew or amend a permit. The permit, which expired Wednesday at noon, required Occupy Madison protesters to relocate from their current space at 30 West Mifflin Street, also called 30 on the Square. A neighboring hotel's staff alleged voiced concerns about having to recently escort hotel employees to and from bus stops late at night due to inappropriate behavior, such as public masturbation, from street protesters.[3]

This much is true. Though many of these young men and women are college graduates they express an irrational vacuity so barren that we may justly see them as naive victims of a predatory educational establishment that traffics more in ideological trash than wisdom. The Wall Streeters know little or nothing of the function and principles of the American Constitution or its birth from a centuries long struggle against secular, religious and aristocratic despotism. They are ignorant of economics and cannot distinguish discourse or debate from simply shouting in one’s face. While they have been taught how to express their feelings in nihilist sentimentalisms or angry outbursts they have not been taught how to think. They cannot tolerate facts. They abhor rational principles born of cause and effect, blood and suffering. They know nothing of political science or the splendid men and women who bequeathed unto their generation a tradition of freedom and liberty. This is our common tragedy.

The Wall Streeters do make one poorly presented point. Wall Street financiers, many of whom are now manning the barricades as appointees of President Obama, have much to answer for in their bundling and selling of worthless mortgage securities; and indeed, making fortunes by betting that these very securities would crash. The Wall Streeters, however, will not recognize the government’s complicity first in bullying banks into the financing of homes to individuals incapable of meeting the mortgage payments and second, by guaranteeing that Wall Street would be held harmless from loss no matter how avaricious its investment strategies.

The Ponzi scheme that brought down the economy was born in the administration of former President Bill Clinton and found its apogee in President Obama’s guarantee of Wall Street’s mortgage security profits even as he socialized its losses—a new euphemism calculated to gloss over the fact that once again the citizen is left holding the bag.

It is no coincidence that in their “spontaneous” expression of protest, the Wall Streeters have not brought to bear even the slightest criticism of President Obama’s “stimulus plan.” They simply ignore his squandering of American wealth on green corporations like Solyndra and Solar Power; profitless companies previously condemned as dark holes by accounting firms, and rational investors this, before the first dollar of stimulus money found its way into their checking accounts.

Solyndra is a company that used to make and sell solar panels. It has not once made a dime in profits—before or after its 55 million dollar stimulus— and was so financially moribund it could not qualify for an IPO, i.e. an initial public stock offering. Authoritative accounting firms trashed its balance sheet. The former President George Bush, to whom according to the president all blame adheres for all and everything, told the company to get lost. President Obama, well aware of its slow-motion collapse, handed Solyndra a half billion dollars which it promptly squandered. Thereafter, in less than a year, it filed a petition for bankruptcy. Solyndra’s high rollers, bundlers of campaign donations for President Obama, will be held harmless even as American taxpayers are once again forced to pick up the tab, i.e. socialize the losses.

Recently, an immigrant from Russia tried to question several Wall Streeters. They immediately began to shout in his face the accusation that the Russian/American did not know what he was talking about. A woman, wearing a Che Guevara tee shirt denied that this Cuban mass murderer was anything other than a people’s hero. However, during the Cuban Missile crisis Che urged Fidel Castro to nuke New York City and was miffed at his reticence. His ideology was communism. His profession was executer. He died like a coward. Hollywood recently produced a two-hour eulogy to Che Guevara entitled The Motorcycle Diaries, in which his virtue is portrayed as a communist saint, a lover of humanity. His saintly character is best characterized in his own words.

Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any enemy that falls in my hands! My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl.[4]

When this woman was asked what she thought of the “communist” North Korea, she answered that it was a great place where the people enjoyed good, steady jobs. She denied that untold numbers of North Koreans had died and are dying of starvation in this dynastic, workers’ paradise.

Up to 2.8 million people may have died of starvation because of North Korea's three-year famine and worsening economic crisis. Former agriculture diplomat Kim Dong-Su, who defected to South Korea in early February, said the figure was the closest possible estimate of deaths because the North's regime had not compiled reliable figures. Kim, who spent three years negotiating with the United Nations to secure food aid for the stricken north, said the country's communist leaders could not deal with the huge scale of the crisis and they face increasing unrest from the population.[5]

Another Wall Streeter denied that the Russian people had ever suffered a casualty at the hands of Stalin. He knew nothing of gulags, or Stalin’s calculated starvation of eight million Ukrainians. Another Wall Streeter denied that the Constitution protected rights in property—because he had found nothing referring to this right when he looked up the word “property” in a dictionary!

While the Wall Streeters’ silence is truly comedic in its calculated avoidance of language remotely critical of President Obama, their demands reflect a species of intellectual psychosis which if somehow accepted would require nothing less than an abolition of the Constitution and the Rule of Law—anarchy in fact. The Wall Streeters have demanded the abolition of contracts, the repeal of all debt, the confiscation of private wealth, and a government guarantee of good salaries for everybody whether or not they are inclined to work. For this infinitely grand largess they have no plan whatever. They will simply camp out until it happens.

They demand no less than a state of anarchy—chaos, the law of the jungle, a rule of tooth and claw— a state of lawlessness that always precedes tyranny. V.I. Lenin recognized it when as the Bolsheviks captured and destroyed a fledging Russian parliamentary government; he saw power free for the taking in the streets.

Anarchy literally means ‘without ruler or government’, and denotes a political arrangement in which there is no framework of laws or a governing authority. Anarchism is the theory that advocates anarchy in this sense; it is the theory held by those who argue for abolition of the state, defined as a body, which exists to maintain a compulsory legal order. Anarchists argue that organic communities will emerge from the common sense of people opposed to living under any form of authority other than what they impose on themselves.

…One can canvass some probabilities to test whether an anarchic arrangement would be likely to work as follows. Contemporary advanced societies function fairly smoothly, in general, within a framework of institutions which give assurance to most people that they can rely on arrangements they have made, contracts they have entered into, and services they depend on. This fact is overlooked by most people because of the very success of its operation; yet it is the result of its being constituted by the enforceable rule of law and well-regulated normal government—in short the opposite of anarchy, either in the colloquial sense of disorder or in the strict sense of absence of government… As this suggests, the anarchists’ belief that people can live in unregulated mutual harmony is touching by naïve. [6]

The Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and American Constitution are the finest expression of a Western Renaissance that held sacred above all else individual freedom of person and conscience, liberty and property. The Founders, however, were by no means idealists. They realized that the principles of freedom and liberty they had set down in parchment were mere words that would fail in the absence of a virtuous, knowledgeable and committed American people. They knew from a disciplined study of history that democracy unconstrained by a constitution and the rule of law inevitably ends always in collapse, injustice, outrage and bloody tyranny.

“In 1936 Stalin’s Soviet Union promulgated a new and beautifully liberal constitution, even as massacres of kulaks and show trials were happening? It enshrined freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and meetings, freedom of street processions and demonstrations (all specifically permitted in clause 125). It stipulated ‘universal, equal and direct suffrage by secret ballot’ (clause 134), and gave ‘each Union republic [the] right freely to secede from the USSR’ (clause 17). These admirable provisions alone might raise a horse-laugh; history and Stalinism between them make the entire rambling document a comedy. [7]

England and the United States, even then, had their own Wall Streeters. Like the Wall Streeters today they were leftists beside themselves with visions of a lethal utopia.

The [Soviet] constitution was hailed by thinkers on the liberal left in Britain and elsewhere as a fresh dream, adding to the popularity among them both of Communism and the Soviet system.[8]

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[1] Man arrested for child sex assault at Occupy Dallas camp by STEVE STOLER

WFAA, 11.1.2011

[3] The Daily Cardinal: The Occupy Madison permit not re-issued by Taylor Harvey, October 26,2011.

[4] Robert Harkins, Renegades, Their Betrayal of America. Her Revolution and Renaissance. (Tate Pubishing, 20 11).

[5] World: Asia-Pacific Millions dead from starvation says North Korean defector, Feb.1988.

[6] C. Grayling, Ideas That Matter, The Concepts That Shape the 21st Century, An Opinionated Guide. 19,20.

[7] AC. Grayling, Toward The Light of Liberty, The Struggles For Freedom and Rights That Made the Modern World, (Walker & Company, New York, 2007), 159.

[8] Grayling supra.

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