"A Marxist ... logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage -- the political paradise of communism."
Saul Alinsky (1909-1972)
I woke up very early on Sunday morning and thought the Relentless Conservative (RC) should head on down to see what Occupy Wall Street (OWS) was all about. The night before, the protestors had trekked up to Times Square to help the NYPD spend untold millions more protecting them and others from themselves.
A video was sweeping the Internet--but not the mainstream Liberal media--of a mob of OWS beating a black, NY policeman. To make matters and perceptions much worse for the OWS mob, apparently one of their own who was HIV positive hurled some type of liquid at the same police officer.
So I was eager to see if these protestors had anything articulate to say for themselves.
Having been heartily endorsed by no less than President Obama and then been cheered with "God bless them" by Nancy Pelosi, the Occupy Wall Street protesters remain in the makeshift, outdoor, 'Woodstock-style' campground in lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park.
Obama said, "Dr. King would want us to challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing those who work there" adding the dramatic flourish of equating these squalid squatters to the leader of the civil rights movement.
Don't politicians like Pelosi and Obama have any common sense? They're like Czar Nicholas before the October Revolution or Marie Antoinette before the French Revolution; they seem to think these people would never turn on them and they should befriend them. Beware Obama and Pelosi.
After reading copious media endorsement from the likes of Rachel Maddow who tweeted chirpily about the "great band" and other charming entertainment while jawing happily with Bill Maher who called the OWS protestors, "a great thing," I was appalled.
We've got disgraced former New York governor, prostitute-frequenter and short-time CNN talking head, Elliot Spitzer talking about what "the single best public relations" was for Occupy Wall Street, as if he should know. Keith Olbermann egging him on was an unexpected treat in hypocrisy.
And in the surreal world of Hollywood where actors think they can take the lead on political and governmental issues, we've got 'Johnny-come-lately' Mark Ruffalo, showing up at the NYC park when he's not filming his new movies or promoting one of them and then tweeting incessantly about OWS. Ruffalo drones on and on endlessly in this article, as if anyone cares. (Sadly, I had to read the article to comment on it.)
Dapper gentleman Kanye West, Russell Simmons and husband/wife anarchist team Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins have all showed their support in some way. Omnipresent bag-o-wind Michael Moore was of course weighing in heavily too.
So after all this excellent 'objective journalistic coverage,' why did I feel the RC might have a different view? Because I smelled a rat with all this submissive coverage of a band of seeming slackers with nothing better to do than muck up one of the world's biggest tourist centers.
Arriving shortly before 6am yesterday and walking up the subway stairs, I immediately encountered the pungent odor of urine and this was more than a block away.
The first thing I witnessed was also a real delight: a white and black man in a near fist fight with cursing and yelling over--get this--a pack of cigarettes. This kind of set the tone for the following four hours I spent trying to understand these, for the most part, unintelligible imbeciles.
Here's a blurry photo of the "Cigarette Scuffle" being broken up by another OWS protester while police look on.
After taking a few photos and seeing this near brawl, I spent the better part of the next hour trying to find intelligent life forms. It wasn't easy because the 20 people I talked with in this hour or so were homeless, just out of jail, uneducated, on drugs or drunk and therefore inarticulate (or NY Times' staffers).
Though the OWS people rail on continuously about how "there were way more people there than the press estimated," I had to estimate the total amount of protesters who spent the night at only about 200 or so. It's just not all that impressive and once again the Liberal media is blowing the number out of proportion to justify their anti-Wall Street position.
I had heard reports that the unions were down there giving money, supplies and "organizing" this loose band of fragmented riff-raff and that the Socialists, Communist Party USA and even the American Nazi Party were present too, so I was constantly asking about who the protestors themselves were seeing involved.
In what is undoubtedly an extension of and first step in the "Cloward-Piven Strategy to implement socialist revolution," these mob sit-ins replete with violence, arrests, injuries and in Europe extensive looting, have spread like the Ebola virus to Denver, Chicago, Washington DC and numerous other American cities.
The unions' dirty, little fingerprints are all over these ugly uprisings. I was told by more than 10 separate individuals that they had either talked to or received money and support like food and blankets from union organizers. They told me the AFL-CIO was there, the Teamsters, SEIU, ACORN, the UAW and a number of others including the TWU (Transit Workers' Union) who actually walked down en masse to support OWS.
It is the TWU, any New Yorker will tell you, that has singlehandedly created an irreversible $800 million deficit in the MTA, NYC's mass transit system. (See the slide show for UAW signs and table with union hardhats and list of unions involved.)
Also a motivator and hero to these myriad malcontents is Saul Alinsky, whom both Obama and Hillary Clinton adore. To get a Conservative viewpoint on Saul Alinsky, this video of William F. Buckley interviewing him is rock-solid.
So it was, that I walked around this squalid 'public park' for more than four hours, and in that time found only two examples of the aforementioned intelligent life forms. Everybody else I met were what society calls 'unfortunates.' They were either homeless, drunk, stoned out of their gourds, mentally unstable or were grinding political axes like the Marxists, union goons or "OWS staff" ... the latter of which was conveniently never around.
Other media were reduced to scouring the site for articulate commentary and having little success, just like me.
The first intelligent people I met were these students who were all there together.
These kids were committed and passionate. And they were ready to talk, intelligently.
Chatting for more than 30 minutes in the early morning, these young people had most of the answers and when they didn't, they admitted that they didn't. The young lady was particularly convincing, as she outlined her reasons for being there because she started off with "I'm not really protesting anything, I'm just here because my friends are." I thought, "How refreshing;" a little honesty for a change. No political diatribe, no union organizing-speak and no Liberal nonsense about "Jail the Bankers" or "Put the Corporations Out of Business."
One of the men told me: "I'm just very afraid. I want to be a teacher and don't know if there'll be a job for me. I don't know what's out there. Will there be a place for me in society?" Wow, that really hit me between the eyes. I remember asking myself the same thing in college. "Will there be a place for me??" Profound.
In a splendidly ironic end to my nice talk with these great students, a man with waist-length dreadlocks who looked like he hadn't showered in weeks, sat bolt upright in his sleeping bag and screamed threateningly at me, "Shut the F&$% Up."
The second example of a really sharp person I found was Stacy.
Stacy was 'manning' a booth offering "Free Empathy." Seeing as how I was absolutely surrounded by people needing advanced empathy, I stopped by to chat with her.
What I found was a mother of four from Florida who had come all the way up for a week and was staying "for as long as it takes." Stacy made me proud to be a human being.
Before approaching her, I listened as she listened as intently as anybody I've ever seen to sob story after sob story with a lot of blame for others and political acrimony thrown in for good measure.
It is people like the college students I met and Stacy who compose the best and most endearing part of this rag-tag assortment of miscreants, serial malcontents and societal deviants. I don't know how or why they can hang out with others who are not thinking as clearly as they are but it's interesting to think about. Perhaps they bring such positive vibrations to the party, it infects and makes the others more positive, I don't know.
There are a couple of restaurants and a Brooks Brothers store on the edges of Zuccotti Park. I thought I'd check with the proprietor's of these businesses to see how they've been faring financially since the OWS 'occupation."
When I asked the people in Charly's if business was "better or worse" since the mob took over the park; they didn't hesitate: "worse." Asking the same thing of the Burger King manager, I was treated to the hilarious reply that, "business is way down, the protestors' don't have any money but business in our bathrooms is way up." When I bought some coffee and tried to use the restroom, ironically it was 'Out of Order.'
I decided that I didn't even have to ask the Brooks Brothers' management how the OWS residents affected their business; it seemed so obvious.
As I spent my early Sunday morning trying to boil down the real reason or reasons for this big media brouhaha, I received very little cooperation from the participants themselves. They went back and forth from issue to issue, vacillating wildly.
It seemed to me in the final analysis that their protest was about greed ... about what they didn't have rather than what they had. And in the end, there was a lot of petty jealousy on their part toward others. As Nobel-winning economist Milton Friedman tells Lib whiner Phil Donahue here, "Is there some society you know of that doesn't run on greed? Do you think Russia doesn't run on greed? Do you think China doesn't run on greed?"
I asked all those who said "greed" was the reason they were there, if that wasn't silly, "that greed has always existed, why protest it now?" None of them had anything other than a blank look on their faces. No cogent answers.
As I headed home, I had a fleeting thought: "Wouldn't it be nice if I felt strongly enough about something that I could spend a month without showering, the threat of getting arrested ever-present, living outdoors with a bunch of others believing as I did?"
"Nah," I decided. I went right home to take a good, long shower.