Well, it is official: They Occupy movement is the 1%. They are also secretly planning unlawful “direct action” to disturb the peace and engage in other violations of the property and personal rights of others. After working now for 6 weeks to try to understand what Occupy St. Pete and the overall Occupy movement wants to accomplish, what they really want is clear: socialism, an end to our American political system and the right to violate any law they deem unjust. This reporter has attended numerous public and private meetings, recorded hours of video, engaged in web research and online debates to reach these conclusions. I have worked to try to influence the movement to embrace individual liberty, limited government, free markets and the rule of law. However, the movement is quite clearly embracing the opposite in each case. Rather than recognizing that individuals have freedom that is their right naturally, they embrace that men’s rights come from a big government. While recognizing that crony capitalism is destroying America, they refuse to recognize that this can only happen when corporations do so when they can abuse the powers a large government has granted to itself outside the limits of the Constitution. Instead of seeing the benefits of a true free market that allows the poor the opportunity to become prosperous, they seek to seize the private property of others and redistribute it to people they choose. Finally, they continue to reject the “rule of law” that is the foundation of a civil society and embrace a mentality of the “rule of man”. Under the rule of the self-appointed “benevolent” ruling class they would inhabit, all other members of society are simply to trust that their freedom and rights will be preserved. Sadly, the Occupy the movement has demonstrated that it will not respect the individual rights of others in American society. They continue to lay claim to a self-righteous vision of justice but have no problem occupying public property that the taxpayers own and control –blocking all others from using it. They have no problem attempting to kidnap a bank executive and calling it a “citizen’s arrest”. They seem to believe they have uncovered a crime but offer no evidence, no court system to review a warrant and no police force that is accountable to the people. Instead, they offer a vigilante justice and a drumhead court. They continue to contemplate entering and seizing “unused property” they deem as being “blighted” offering vague references to social justice, while really they merely look to find a free place to crash. No the larger Occupy movement is not about freedom, justice, law or even the safety of individuals in society. It is about chaos, injustice, arbitrary rules by arbitrary people with hidden political agendas they refuse to reveal. In other words, they will be the 1% ruling over us, all while cloaking themselves in the propaganda of claiming to represent the masses. Nothing could be further from the truth. This will become apparent as the Occupy movement escalates its unlawful tactics. Hopefully enough Americans will be awake to this reality, reject their vision and restore America to its constitutional foundation.
Exchange between Reporter and OSP members on the desire of “Direct Action” working Group members Imre Ieandrzykievits and Lenny Flank to secretly decide who they are going to “target” and ensure that they are “safe” in hatching their unlawful plans. Imre has described himself as a “Rhodes Marxist” and Lenny identifies himself as a “general commie socialist anarchist radical agitator” at the “Daily KOS”.
A particularly eye opening episodes is illustrated here in a YouTube video I created at an Occupy Meeting on 11/26 in South Straub Park. First, the good news. The meeting turned out about 20 people – diehards along with an “occupier” from Tampa who is trying to help them grow and occupy public space “when they are ready”. Simply looking at their group compared to the large crowd living and enjoying downtown St. Pete that day revealed them to be the 1% compared to everyone else…the 99%. At the beginning of the meeting a young woman was handed a pre-printed script to read from the leaders (THERE ARE LEADERS). She dutifully read each word verbatim about how this was a “horizontally integrated” organization that is unencumbered by “bureaucracy” and is “transparent” to all and inclusive and diverse. They then proceeded to mention about a dozen committees working on items and intended to discuss 15 mundane items for 15 minutes each including how to or if to take minutes. One of the attendees instantly complained that this was incredibly bureaucratic when he couldn’t get the group to make a simply statement in support of another cause that day without intense committee work. The people who are the clear leaders seem to interrupt the highly regulated, time limited means of speaking with impunity. While most of the attendees are limited to two minutes and must get in line to speak and must obey the process, the leaders can and do interrupt any time they want, take as much time as they need, change the subject, violate the processes and generally demonstrate that the law is whatever the leaders say the law is (kind of like the Queen in “Alice in Wonderland).
However, the most troubling thing I witnessed before I opted to leave and spend some time with my family was the fact that there is a “Direct Action” working group (committee) that is secretly planning to engage in “civil disobedience” or other unlawful activities. The discussion was on keeping minutes for each working group. The other groups seemed to have no problem with minutes being recorded and posted for all to see on the website for the Occupy St. Pete Group. Not this group. The Working Group for “Direct Action” honestly reported what they wanted: secrecy. They admitted that they must act in secret lest their planned “civil disobedience” would be revealed ahead of time and possibly thwarted. In a newspeak twist that only George Orwell could appreciate, they modified their plan to ensure that minutes would not be made public if it would violate the “safety” of those in the Direct Action working group. Well now. What about the safety of individuals they may injury by their direct action through possible Citizen’s Arrests, breaking and entering, those who can’t get an ambulance to reach them if a street is blocked, private businesses shut down due to civil unrest or unruly crowds, economic injury to the public for ports blocked and the like? Apparently the “safety” of those who are engaging in pre-mediated unlawful acts is more important.
It is comical to listen to these “Occupiers” attempt to equate their so called “Civil disobedience” actions to those of Martin Luther King or Ghandi. Those heroes were willing to personally risk their safety and their liberty to do simple things like sit at the front of the bus or at a lunch counter that had been off limits to blacks. In India, they had confronted, peacefully, a global military superpower to gain independence. What do the Occupiers want to change? Do they want to stop high loan payments for college loans? Then be truly courageous and break the law by not paying them! Do they want to get to the heart of what CAUSED corporate cronyism? Then go sit in the halls of Congress where is started and do a sit in to insist that the government get OUT of the college load game. Do they want to truly help the poor who are being hurt by high electricity prices due to our government created monopoly of a public utility? Then REFUSE to pay your electric bill and do a sit in Tallahassee and demand that the public utility model end and that competition be allowed in the energy market place. But don’t try to equate yourselves morally to the civil rights movement when all you are doing is engaging in kidnapping, breaking and entering, disturbing the peace, violating the property rights of others, shouting down others engaged in free speech and desecrating our shared public property.
This rant will continue a little longer so the Sun Beam Times can close the first chapter on this movement and focus on other issue. Clearly the Occupy movement wants to reject and end our current political system. They seek a “direct democracy” where mob rule prevails at the ballot box. They seek to end the system of electing leaders that represent us, as we do in our republic, and replacing them with computerized polling in a constant fashion. This will become apparent as the movement continues. In short they seek an utter end of the American Political System and would have it replaced entirely with something else: pure, unadulterated socialism. Make no mistake, these Occupy movement will expand its unlawful and chaotic tactics as our global economic crisis deepens and the world descends into global war. It will be up to Americans to preserve America and reject their efforts. Thankfully many of the members of the movement are young and they will thank us later.