San Diego 1 PM, November 15, 2011 marks another turning point in the struggle for human freedom. Well, not really, but Rhonda Deniston of StopTaxingUs.com and several Tea Party supporters, including myself for the SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition, had a press conference at the #OccupySD location in support of Centre City Coffee owner Linda Jenson.
The Issues at HandLet's get real, the Tea Party arrived to support a small business woman, but there is a lot more to that story. I got the other side of the story, the occupiers' side. Let's look at both sides and you can decide who is right.
Occupy/Tea Party InteractionBeyond the reason for my attendance of the event, I attempted to discuss politics with a group of Occupiers. As mentioned above, they were engaged and courteous. A young man calling himself "Nexus" spent quite a bit of time talking to me, as did a large occupier named "Durg" who carried a red and black flag. Several of the group claimed to be veterans and one wore a "veterans for peace" tshirt.
My main point of discussion was about cannon fodder. When a group of "expendables" are used to engage enemy forces not knowing that cannons will be used upon both the enemy and themselves once entangled in battle. I supported the calls for nonviolence that Rhonda espoused during the conference, adding that calls for restrictions upon occupier liberties will be applied to all other groups who stand up against big government or its cronies.
Occupy Movement Political Implications"Idle hands do the devil's work" is the adage that comes to mind. The occupiers are unemployed and free from commitments to attend to. Tea Party members typically work and cannot attend 1 PM news conferences, let alone sleep in tents for weeks and months. The occupy movement, in my opinion, is a plan by the elitist left to employ the idle hands their policies have created in pursuit of several goals:
- Battle harden their next generation of political insurgents as they see colleagues harshly treated by authority and media figures.
- Demonize opponents of the statist, big government agenda by desensitizing the general public to activism. Activism will be slotted as a dirty, fleabagger, dangerous and possibly criminal activity.
- Harsh Darwinian "Sink or Swim" political training that will force certain individuals to survive and become useful pawns to advance the extreme left anti-capitalist agenda in the future.
- Create a false impression of a large, dangerous, extreme left movement that makes the "moderate" socialists look reasonable.
- Triangulate "moderate" socialists between the extreme left occupiers and the "right-wing" Tea Party.
- Advertise - make the public aware of Occupy's existence.
- Demonize - show the public that Occupy is a "bottom-up" danger. (Create the need)
- Criminalize - call for authoritarian "top-down" solutions to the problem of protestors. (Fill the need)
Any movement, living in squalor, beset by radicals and including fringe elements, will eventually have individuals commit heinous and deplorable acts. The movement will react to those events and be an easy target for public outrage, outrage focused upon both the individuals involved and the movement as it reacts. The sixties and seventies radical left activists remember this, teach this, and use this. This tactic is often used against conservatives who aspire to a set of high standards but, being human, make mistakes that can be exploited as "hypocritical." The application of this tactic is only slightly different when creating groups to demonize as opposed to demonizing opponents. Machiavelli would be proud, but the myth of the compassionate left is clear.