May Day (of Rage)
I’m not surprised Occupy is back. After all, Van Jones’ latest venture “Rebuild the Dream” promised to have more 99% rallies during May and even helped with a website to organize them. I’m also a little amused how they have to make it a point to say, “non-violent,” because a lot of people remember the mass arrests during the fall.
It’s great not all of the protests were violent. However, it’s pretty obvious the Occupy movement attracts more people who are willing to make their point through damage and destruction. I certainly don’t remember any mass arrests when the Tea Party first got started in 2009.
So why is Occupy tied to police clashes and the property damage?
A part of it has to do with who attends the rallies. There are definitely “true believers” who are mad about corporate welfare and want higher taxes. However, Occupy hasn’t kept their troops in line and let them run amok. These troops are “mad as hell and won’t take it anymore.” So they lash out at anyone in their path, including police and those who are just watching. Some protestors in Oakland went after businesses because they weren’t “on strike.” In fact, Breitbart reports several Occupiers, including one leader, were involved in a plot to blow up a bridge in Cleveland. Occupy Cleveland has denounced what happened, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
This type of violent mentality actually falls in line with what happened after the Russian Civil War. Ayn Rand describes it in “We The Living.” Those who weren’t in the Community Party were kept from participating in anything. I don’t know how full of Marxists the Occupy movement is, but there were several organizations trumpeting May Day’s actions. This includes the SEIU and Storify which have no problem posting photos of the destruction on their websites.
One thing I do know is that Occupy is full of anarchists looking to cause chaos. I’m actually reminded of the fantastic Sex Pistols song “Anarchy in the U.K.” with the lyrics, “Don’t know what I want. But I know how to get it. I wanna destroy the passer-by. ‘Cause I wanna be anarchy.” This is the anarchist mentality and why they’ve been able to get into Occupy. They want to see chaos and are using the movement as an outlet.
Now the groups have every right to protest. It is protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution. But they have no right to injure others, cause damage to property and general chaos. That isn’t guaranteed under the Constitution.
Actually, I think Misfit Politics put it best.
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