Misconceptions About Occupy Wall Street And Comparisons to Civil Rights Movments

October 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm 3 comments

I saw this quote from a conservative blog  and I felt a silent disgust in my heart when I saw it.

“President Obama has been no stranger to the Occupy Wall Street crowd and in fact has gone out of his way to encourage the violent, vile, unsanitary, vitriolic and greedy movement. But, this week Obama took it to a whole new level, dedicating half of his weekly address to vilifying the “top 1 percent,” while claiming the middle class has been losing ground as “the rich become richer.” His message this week is purely “spread the wealth around.” Like I’ve said before, if Obama is going to continue to support the OWS crowd, he better be willing to accept the consequences of their actions too, which up to this point include rape, encouragement of cop killing and rioting”

The concept that Occupy Wall Street encouragement of cop killing, rioting, and rape leaves me aghast. Most of these people are protesting the people drove in the financial crises and not engage in rioting and pillage. Many conservative would probably lust at the sight of the Occupy Wall Street throwing a molotov cocktail at police, starting to break into houses, and engage in looting.

The reality is that Occupy people are learning from Dr. Martin Luther King. You never saw the civil rights engage in violent resistance with the police. It was nonviolent resistance which always works in the long term. Nonviolent resistance led to the Civil Rights Acts, led to the end of apartheid in South Africa, and independence in India.

And for it to work, it takes a long, epic struggle. Throwing a molotov cocktail might be revolutionary romance, but it strike the dagger in the heart for Occupy Wall Street crowd. The 1% wants the molotov cocktail so they can shut down the movement and prevent real reform to Wall Street. Stuff like the return of Glass-Stegall, transaction tax for derivatives, student loan debt forgiveness, and a more fair and equitable tax rates.

And enacting the real tough reforms take an epic struggle because the 1% will not give until they have to.



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  • 1. Scotty Starnes  |  November 8, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I love the hypocrisy that Occupy Wall Street has exposed. Two years prior to this “movement,” the media attempted to show the Tea Party members as violent for just shouting at politicians to stop spending taxpayer money on bailout out banks, Wall Street fat-cats and other politicians.

    Not one act of violence was documented. Not a single police report. No riot police. No rapes, assaults, public urination, drug arrests or any other vile actions as we are witnessing with the Occupier movement.

    I have no problem with the overall message. Everyone should be angry about politicians bailing out Wall Street. Why are the Occupiers at Wall Street instead of the White House? After all, Wall Street is benefiting greatly under Obama:http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/wall-streets-resurgent-prosperity-frustrates-its-claims-and-obamas/2011/10/25/gIQAKPIosM_story.html?hpid=z1

    I agree that the Glass-Steagall Act needs to be brought back. I can back a transaction tax, as long as the money is used to pay down the deficits. As for student loan forgiveness, I can’t agree with that. Education isn’t free and a loan is a loan. Pay it.

    All in all, the Occupy movement will die down slowly. It won’t be around coming election time next year because the majority back Obama.

    The main difference between the two groups: The Tea Party is upset about politicians stealing tax dollars and giving them to Wall Street. The Occupiers are upset with the because politicians stole taxpayer dollars and gave it to Wall Street instead of them.

  • 2. Mel.  |  November 30, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Scotty, you were right on point until that last sentence. Whatever political views you have, you can’t deny that both groups want the same thing more or less. The protesters for OWS don’t want to money for themselves any more than the tea partiers do. *Shakes head*

    • 3. Scotty Starnes  |  December 25, 2011 at 1:39 am

      Sorry Mel, there is no comparison between the groups. One wants to restore the system and save America and one wants to destroy the system to set up something new and un-American. *Shakes head*


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