|November 23, 2011
Source: Washington’s Blog
Occupy Wall Street Dislikes the Mainstream Democratic and Republican Parties
The mainstream Democratic party is trying to co-opt Occupy Wall Street, and the Democratic party machinery is trying to turn OWS into a Democratic fundraising campaign. And see this.
Indeed, OWS protesters in New Hampshire just heckled Obama for turning a blind eye while thousands of peaceful protesters have been arrested – and hundreds have been attacked with batons, pepper sprayed or otherwise brutally suppressed – for exercising their constitutional rights:
The protesters said (although they were interrupted):
“Mic check, Mr. President.”
“Over 4,000 peaceful protesters have been arrested while bankers continue to destroy the American economy. You must stop the assault on our 1st Amendment rights. Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.”
Here are two photos of a New Hampshire protester handing Obama a note at the event:
As I noted last month:
Everyone’s trying to cash in on the courage and conviction of the Wall Street protesters.
People are trying to associate Occupy Wall Street with their pet projects, in the same way that advertisers try to associate the goodwill of the Super Bowl, NBA playoffs, World Series or Olympics with their product.
But I hear from OWS organizers that the protesters come from totally diverse political affiliations. Many protesters support Ron Paul, many like Obama, others are for other parties or candidates or don’t vote at all.
The protesters themselves are having none of it, tweeting today:
We don’t want to be the democratic tea party or liberal tea party. We want to be our own movement separate of any political affiliation.
[A]nother tweet from the protesters:
We don’t represent liberal interests nor are we the liberal tea party. We represent the interest of the 99%
And Obama and the mainstream Democrats – while pretending they support the Occupy protesters – are working against everything they stand for.
As I noted last month:
Obama is pretending that he supports the 99%.
Americans want our liberties restored, our troops brought home, and the Fed reined in. But Obama has implemented plans for war throughout the Middle East crafted by the Neoconservatives a decade (or more) ago, and gotten us into 7 (oops …8) wars, attacked our liberties even more than Bush and allowed the Fed to dramatically expand its powers.
Americans didn’t want bailouts, but Obama helped to facilitate trillions in direct and hidden bailouts.
Obama doesn’t support the 99%. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
As Yves Smith notes:
A saying I learned in Caracas: “A politician is someone who gets in front of a mob and tries to call it a parade.”
Forget what you’ve been taught … the mainstream Democrats and mainstream Republicans are virtually identical on all core matters. Don’t fall for the old divide-and-conquer trick.
Note: Democratic congressman Deutch just introduced a bill called the Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy (OCCUPIED) Amendment, which would remove money from campaigns and specify – as the Founding Fathers intended – that corporations aren’t people. While I haven’t yet analyzed the bill, this seems like a great piece of legislation. As such, the mainstream Democrats – and their Wall Street backers – will fight it tooth and nail.