The nation is watching with incredulity as thousands of people storm the Wall Street area in protest. These people occupy the area, not only with signs and chants, but also with (what most people are calling) unacceptable behavior. They defecate on police cars, deface the flag of the United States and have fomented a kind of mob mentality. Their behavior is reminiscent of the Vietnam War protest marches of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
One thing is certain, this is a controversial movement and most people seem to have no clue what to make of it. These mobs/protesters have no organized leadership … or do they? Granted, the Occupy Wall Street protesters are a hodgepodge of malcontents, however, some may not be as “disorganized” as one might think: the Working Families Party advertised on Craigslist (verified) for “… an energetic communicator[s], with a passion for social and economic justice. The payrate is $350 - $650 per week.
What is the Working Families Party? “The WFP is a wholly owned subsidiary of ACORN…”
WFP is essentially a money funnel which pays for an aggressive door to door canvas. Largely funded by unions, the WFP is ACORN’s “political arm” in New York State. Candidates supported by the Working Families Party and issues supported by ACORN are both advocated on the door steps of target voter homes as they share one major voter canvas.” BigGovernment.com
SEIU (Service Employees International Union) is the fastest growing union in America with 2.1 million members. Former SEIU president Andrew Stern, who has strong ties to Obama, Soros and Wade Rathke, ACORN co-founder, summarized the organization’s philosophy:
“[W]e prefer to use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn’t work we use the persuasion of power.”
The SEIU is also deeply involved in the Occupy Wall Street “movement” and issued this statement on their website:
“SEIU has issued a union-wide endorsement of support for Occupy Wall Street and its message about shrinking income inequality, investing in public education, and making the rich pay their fair share in taxes. We're excited to be able to contribute our union's energy, resources and organizing strength to the resilient demonstrations that began in downtown Manhattan more than two weeks ago.”
“We've got your back, we will join you in the streets, and we will not let up until we bring good jobs back to our communities.”
You’ll find an incestuous relationship of thuggery, power-grabbing and leftist politicking between the SEIU, ACORN, WFP, George Soros and others. This is an ugly can of anti-American worms, if one wishes to open it.
They have no list of demands. Many of their actions are revolting to a civilized world, watching from afar. And why march on Wall-Street? Most of these people are Obama supporters, and the people of Wall Street have been primary donors and fundraisers for Obama supporters, as well. George Soros is certainly one of the major supporters of Obama and now this group surrounds his house, rather than the White House. While the Democrats seem eager to co-opt this protest, it will be interesting to see how they resolve the protest turning on its major benefactors.
The people that have stepped up as spokespeople for the protests said they think it makes the movement stronger if they have no list of demands (in my mind, that’s bizarre reasoning).
Human behavior is an often strange and whimsical dynamic. As noted above, large and powerful unions are supporting and funding some of the protests. Interestingly, many local politicians are attempting to join with the group (although they are being met with skepticism). Perhaps these politicians hope this movement will carry the same weight and influence as the Tea Party.
There seems to be no end to the comparisons to the Tea Party. Of course, the Tea Party movement loves this because it can show that this movement is comprised of Americans with similar goals who participate in legal and dignified peaceful expressions of their rights as Americans to redress the government.
Only one concern is distinct from within the Occupy Wall Street protesters: they believe that corporations have become too greedy. In this single, specific message that they send is the reason to fear the movement.
Obviously, these people are also feeling the pressure of the economy as prices go up while wages and jobs decline. At the same time, they see some corporations raking in record profits. This disorganized protest is leading to behavior that disrespects the entire economic credibility of the country in the minds of an ever growing group of dissatisfied people. The fact that this many of them have begun to protest and the fact that their ranks are growing makes it clear that a historically similar action may be growing.
My concern is regarding the philosophy of Marxism which asserts that the people should share in the wealth of the nation equally. Marx believed that this was a natural law that would inevitably play out in all societies. While it has had a long history in operation in many parts of the world, it has certainly never become the absolute standard. When the people of any nation feel that they are helplessly bound by their government and especially bound by the economic system and when economic resources are unavailable to those who need them, it is easy for them to make the next leap of thinking to the concept that they deserve the wealth as much as any other human.
The Russian Revolution of 1917 is a classic example of the progression that Marx envisioned. Facing the inability to own property, those who worked that land began to complain that the land should belong to the ones who worked it. When those who migrated to the cities found work in the factories under the heavy hand of the owners of the means-of-production, they began to protest the treatment. In 1916, workers in metropolitan factories worked eleven to twelve hour days, six days per week, faced harsh rules, fines and even physical beatings at the hands of their foremen. These conditions coupled with the war against Germany (WWI) and the depleted food supplies and other goods that were not available to them, the people began to protest and then revolt. With the weakened level of the military due to the war and lack of military supplies, the increasingly well-organized people created the “Red Army” which fought against the “White Army” creating a revolution that resulted in the ousting of the Tsar and the recognized government of Russia. The final result was that the “Red Army” was able to take over the government, and create a Socialist government.
The first actions of this Marxist government were to kill intellectuals, owners of property and business and move peasants into the mansions and homes of those that were displaced. The unexpected result of this action was that there were not enough resources to go around. Masses of peasants occupied single mansions which quickly fell into disrepair and ruin. In fact, the entire nation fell into this kind of despair and ruin where everyone held everything equally, but never enough to make any of them wealthy.
This history of the Soviet Union is at least recognized by many Americans for its final consequences to the Russian people. However, it seems unclear whether we are capable of recognizing our descent down the same path. Could it be that the Occupy Wall-Street Movement is the beginning of the kind of dissatisfaction that will lead to a Marxist revolution? Is that mentality already becoming a part of the “Me First” generation of Americans? Is it possible in modern day America that we can gravitate to a system that has been proven repeatedly to be a failure and creates the loss of personal freedom?
John Wayne Tucker
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