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What Really Happened with Occupy?

Posted By Washingtons Blog On September 18, 2012 @ 1:30 am In Think Tank | Comments Disabled

The Real Meaning of the 1-Year Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street

 

On this one-year anniversary of the start of the Occupy protests, let’s refresh our memories about what really happened.

Despite the divide-and-conquer tricks [1] of both the mainstream Left and the mainstream Right, Occupy and the Tea Party were originally protesting the exact same thing [2]: the malignant, symbiotic relationship between big government and big corporations [3].  Conservative and liberal protesters both railed against the unchecked power of the Federal Reserve [4].

Indeed, if the partisan shenanigans on both sides hadn’t derailed the protests so quickly, Occupy and the Tea Party would have joined forces in a way which affected real change [5].

Highly-militarized [6], federally-coordinated [7] police used such brutal violence to break up the Occupy protests (see this [8], this [9], this [10], this [11], this [12], this [13], this [14], this [15], this [16], this [17], this [18] and this [19]) that the Egyptian military used the crack down on Occupy as justification for the murder of protesters in Tahir Square [20], Egypt.

(Despite media portrayals, the Occupy protesters were not violent [21].)

While psuedo-conservatives may laugh, true conservatives do not find this amusing.   Remember that according to Department of Defense training manuals [22], protest is now considered “low-level terrorism”. And see this [23], this [24] and this [25]).  And an Army colonel has written a paper advocating military methods for “crushing” a Tea Party insurgency [26].

Veterans get it.   They know that protecting all political protesters – Occupy, Tea Party, etc. – is the core of American liberty. See this [27], this [28] and this [29]. Even active-duty police [30] know it.

(While the slur of “dirty hippies, get a job” was applied to Occupy protesters, most of them actually had jobs [31], and many economists supported their demands [32].  Again, people may agree or disagree about specific positions, but true conservatives defend everyone’s right to speech and assembly [33].)

Speak with most Americans today and you will be amazed that they don’t realize (1) how much police violence was inflicted or (2) that the protesters – like the original Tea Party protesters – were standing up for the American people against the incest between big banks in New York and politicos in Washington.

The bottom line is that the powers-that-be used a combination of brutal violence and disinformation to take the wind out of the protests.  Any protests – whether they be of a conservative bent like the Tea party, or a more liberal flavor like Occupy – are doomed to failure unless we can reach the people with the real facts.


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URLs in this post:

[1] divide-and-conquer tricks: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/07/the-founding-fathers-tried-to-warn-us-about-the-threat-from-a-two-party-system.html

[2] protesting the exact same thing: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/the-occupy-movement-is-protesting-the-same-thing-that-the-founding-fathers-protested-at-the-boston-tea-party.html

[3] malignant, symbiotic relationship between big government and big corporations: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/10/conservatives-and-liberals-agree-end-the-malignant-symbiotic-relationship-between-big-government-and-big-corporations.html

[4] unchecked power of the Federal Reserve: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/10/occupy-wall-street-and-occupy-the-fed-are-two-sides-of-the-same-coin.html

[5] joined forces in a way which affected real change: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/10/if-the-occupy-movement-and-tea-party-join-together-we-can-end-the-malignant-partnership-between-big-government-and-big-corporations-which-is-destroying-america.html

[6] Highly-militarized: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/12/the-militarization-of-american-police-and-shredding-of-our-constitutional-rights-started-30-years-ago.html

[7] federally-coordinated: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/04/confirmed-feds-coordinating-brutal-crackdown-on-occupy-protests.html

[8] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/10/police-fire-tear-gas-flashbang-grenades-at-occupy-oakland-protesters.html

[9] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/camera-man-shot-with-a-rubber-bullet-simply-for-filming-police-at-occupy-oakland.html

[10] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/10/police-punch-woman-protester-in-the-face.html

[11] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/oakland-police-strike-army-ranger-with-nightsticks-on-his-back-ribs-shoulders-and-hands-lacerating-his-spleen-and-causing-internal-bleeding-then-deny-him-medical-treatment-for-18-hours.html

[12] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/police-force-peaceful-uc-davis-students-to-open-their-mouths-and-then-pepper-spray-down-their-throats.html

[13] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/10/denver-police-use-tear-gas-rubber-bullets-batons-and-pepper-spray-on-protesters.html

[14] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/police-pepper-spray-84-year-old-woman-priest-pregnant-woman-and-a-blind-woman-with-a-cane.html

[15] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/09/police-mace-use-force-on-and-arrest-peaceful-wall-street-protesters.html

[16] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/01/january-28th-oakland-police-fire-tear-gas-flash-bang-grenades-and-rubber-bullets-at-occupy-oakland-protesters.html

[17] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/police-state-watch-curling-up-in-a-ball-to-avoid-police-violence-may-be-considered-active-resistance-justifying-the-use-of-more-force-including-baton-strikes.html

[18] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/10/more-nypd-police-brutality-against-peaceful-protesters.html

[19] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/police-bludgeon-peaceful-occupy-uc-berkeley-protesters.html

[20] justification for the murder of protesters in Tahir Square: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/american-police-are-so-brutal-that-the-egyptian-military-is-justifying-its-murder-of-tahrir-square-protesters-by-pointing-to-the-crackdown-on-occupy-wall-street.html

[21] were not violent: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/handful-of-violent-rioters-dont-represent-occupy-protests.html

[22] Department of Defense training manuals: http://open.salon.com/blog/dennis_loo/2009/06/14/dod_training_manual_protests_are_low-level_terrorism

[23] this: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,526972,00.html

[24] this: http://www.aclu.org/national-security/aclu-challenges-defense-department-personnel-policy-regard-lawful-protests-%E2%80%9Clow-le

[25] this: http://www.contracostatimes.com/politics/ci_12589887

[26] “crushing” a Tea Party insurgency: http://www.examiner.com/article/army-colonel-ignites-firestorm-with-article-on-crushing-a-tea-party-insurgency

[27] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/veterans-stand-up-for-liberty-if-you-continue-to-assemble-in-peace-and-solidarity-justice-will-come-to-pass.html

[28] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/10/hero-navy-sailor-stands-tall-in-the-middle-of-oakland-tear-gas-firestorm-holding-up-the-constitution-and-a-veterans-for-peace-flag.html

[29] this: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/10/marine-navy-army-and-airforce-vets-and-police-vow-to-protect-innocent-protesters.html

[30] police: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/undercover-oakland-police-officer-supports-protesters-twenty-years-from-now-this-movement-could-be-the-turning-point-the-tipping-point-it%E2%80%99s-about-time-your-generation-stood-up-for-som.html

[31] most of them actually had jobs: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/most-occupy-protesters-have-jobs.html

[32] many economists supported their demands: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/12/economists-support-occupy-movement.html

[33] true conservatives defend everyone’s right to speech and assembly: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/10/conservatives-support-protests.html

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