There are multiple swirling rumors (and some information that's not-so-rumorish) about the "raids" that have been directed against "Occupy" folks across the country in various cities.
The tactics and coordinated dates of the actions strongly suggest central command and control -- and that's exactly what's swirling around -- that Washington DC is behind it, even the Department of Homeland Security.
Got that folks? You're a terrorist if you wave a sign and demand reform or, God Forbid, you choose sleep in a park or speak in public. Never mind that the First Amendment says nothing about a time limit on your right to "peaceable assembly."
Oh, and who's in the White House right now and who was accused of organizing these groups by the hard right, with the claim that this was some sort of Saul Alinski (or worse) attempt to overthrow civil order and thus institute an effective Marxist dictatorship?
How's that claim looking today now that the white hot spotlight of a cop helicopter has shone on both the facts and those hard-right "pundits"? Scattering around like a cockroach looking for a good place to hide aren't 'ya? Why my mailbox has gone oddly silent where it was once filled with those charges on a literal hourly basis.
Oh no you don't go slithering away in the grass when your "big lie" is blown to bits. Not around here anyway. All of those so-called "Tea Partiers" who have made repeated claims that this group was part of Obama's "underground" team and in fact were nothing more or less than an outright Marxist plot coordinated from the White House to seize this nation and destroy its republican form of government now have egg on their faces to an extreme degree.
I'll take the retractions now, thank you very little, from the spittle-dripping hard right mouth-breathers.
Of course I know I won't see retractions and admissions of error from them, and neither will anyone else who has said from the beginning that this movement is not an organized effort by the "Leftist in Chief" but rather is a bunch of*****ed-off ordinary Americans who have correctly identified the bad guys. Many, perhaps most don't understand exactly how they got screwed, but this should not surprise. Some of the "Smartest Guys in the Room", including Fleckinstein and Celente, recently got caught up in the MF Global collapse and have large amounts of money that is magically "missing" -- if they can get caught in these complex schemes what are the odds of the ordinary man "nailing it" when it comes to exactly how the crooks and schemers robbed the entire nation?
That a handful of black-hooded crooks and anarchists showed up and tried to take advantage doesn't surprise. Neither does it surprise that a handful of gang members and dope dealers found reason to hang around. Is that really any different than the streets of NY or Chicago? Oh hell no, and in fact there are allegations that the police quietly pointed at known bad elements in one part of their town and "suggested" that they might find a good place to hang out at the local Occupy movement. Gee, really? So the difference between a gang banger in The Bronx and one in Zucotti is..... what, exactly, other than the fact that the powers that be ignore the one in the Bronx because the Wall Streeters don't live there! While you were busy wringing your hands over a shooting in Oakland in what appears to be a drug deal that went bad there were probably two of them in Chicago -- there usually is one a day or thereabouts. It just happens "over there" where the rich and famous don't dare go. Having lived in that town for more than a decade I was fully-aware of the parts of that city where it was unsafe to operate a motor vehicle, which "L" stops you didn't dare get off at and where you'd never consider jogging through simply based on the fact that my skin was the wrong color. Never mind the factual reality that were drug dealers able to apply to the courts for redress when someone ripped them off because our nation came to its senses over our expensive and futile "drug war" they wouldn't need to settle their disputes with guns in the first place, would they?
But this belies the central point, which is that the obvious coordinated nature of these raids puts the lie to any claim that the Democrats and specifically Obama and his "friends" on the "hard fringe left" were behind organizing, funding and "feeding" these protests.
There's no better proof that a movement wasn't organized by one of the political parties than when that party, which happens to be in power in the Executive, is without question tied to the efforts to break it up as two of their agencies are the ones coordinating that effort!
This is no less true than it was during the Civil Rights movement; the Democrats (who were in power) certainly did not support MLK and his freedom marches and were engaged in trying to put them down. In fact the Democrats had a decades-long factual history of being hostile to civil rights; how the hell else does a former Grand Wizard of the KKK wind up the nation's longest-serving Senator in history?
It was only when it became inevitable that MLK's movement was not going to go away and they were not going to lose that Washington DC suddenly became "supportive" of passing The Civil Rights Act.
Such is political power folks. It's quite simply "how it all works." And nothing, in the grand scheme of things, has changed in this regard, except that this issue is a hundred times larger simply because the amount of money involved is a hundred times larger and the tentacles of graft and corruption extend like an impregnable cable from NYC straight into the Capitol Building in Washington DC.
But like MLK and Civil Rights, there's a fundamental problem with sending in the cops to raid various groups of people who are standing around and waving signs, beyond the obvious First Amendment implications: You can't kill an idea with a police raid. In fact, when you do that, all you've done is validate the idea itself and, if it's "real" and not some sort of manufactured political game, attempted repression simply draws in more people who are outraged at the abusive tactics.
That is, attempting to "attack" the Occupy movement is likely to simply make it stronger.
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