Is this a true grassroots protest? Or is the Establishment actually pulling the strings?
Protesters who have been camping out in Manhattan’s Financial District say their movement has grown and become more organized, and they have no intention of stopping as they move into their third week, following the second weekend in a row of mass arrests.
The Occupy Wall Street demonstration started out small last month, with less than a dozen college students spending days and nights in Zuccotti Park, a private plaza off Broadway. It has grown sizably, however, both in New York City and elsewhere as people in other communities across the country display their solidarity in similar protests.
The event has drawn protesters of diverse ages and occupations who are speaking out against corporate greed, social inequality, global climate change and other concerns.
Other protests around the country are beginning to pop up:
In Los Angeles, protesters gathered in front of City Hall and danced on buses with “peace” emblazoned on the side.
A smaller protest was held in Chicago’s financial district where protesters held placards demanding “Jobs Not Cuts”.
Protesters also turned out in Denver, gathering downtown before marching into the city chanting, “Occupy the streets.”
All the protests were inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement which has seen hundreds of people camping out near the financial district in New York City and conducting marches calling for an end to home foreclosures and high unemployment.
Things got a little heated in Beantown, also:
Police have arrested two dozen protesters for trespassing during a demonstration against Bank of America’s foreclosure practices at the banking giant’s offices in downtown Boston.
The Boston Herald reports that the event was an act of civil disobedience that the organizers intended to send the message that the lender’s practices were unfair.
‘They wanted to be arrested, and we obliged,’ Boston police Commissioner Edward F. Davis told the newspaper.
Organizers say about 3,000 people joined the protest.
Bank of America spokesman T.J. Crawford dismissed the demonstration as a publicity stunt.
There was no mention of Bank of America’s planned debit card fees, which recently have generated headlines and frustrated customers nationwide.
The Bank of America website crashed yesterday after being overwhelmed by angry customers following the decision to charge them to use $5 a month if they use their debit cards.
The site went down for hours in the morning and hours later service was still intermittent.
The breakdown came less than 24 hours after the bank revealed it will roll out the fee early next year.
All of this civil unrest breaking out at the same time appears to be giving retired hippies LSD Flashbacks.
Some coincidence, huh? As NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs would say, “I don’t believe in coincidences.”
Paul Joseph Watson, writing for infowars.com, also thinks something smells…and it’s not Teen Spirit:
Something is very wrong with this picture.
The usual suspects, mega-rich foundations and elitists behind the young radicals have also started to emerge – George Soros, The Ruckus Society, the Tides Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
“The belated crusade against Wall Street is even more pathetic as it is coordinated by groups who wouldn’t exist without men like Soros, who made their money from deals that make the Street look sparkling clean. It’s class warfare as a cynical jab at the populist center, the people who mutter to themselves that the Street is full of crooks and so is Congress,” writes Daniel Greenfield.
The thousands of Americans currently expressing their disgust at Wall Street and the bankers who have ruined the economy to the detriment of the poor and middle class should be commended for getting off their hind ends and doing something, unlike the millions who will continue to watch American Idol, drink beer and laugh in ignorance as the country is flushed down the toilet. It should also be added that there is a sprinkling of “End the Fed” demonstrators who truly understand the root cause of the problem.
However, the fact that the majority of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are advocating “solutions” which the very elite they claim to be protesting against also want should set alarm bells ringing.
The official Occupy Wall Street website vehemently supports Obama’s tax agenda, again in the deluded belief that Obama, the ultimate Wall Street puppet, genuinely wants to go after big corporations who use loopholes to avoid paying income tax.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but back in the 60s, didn’t the protesters despise “The Man,” not idolize him?
Saul Alinsky wrote a book titled “Rules for Radicals”, a favorite of the 60s counter culture, which was also on the reading list of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, and his Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Let’s look at Rules #8 through #13:
8. Keep the pressure on with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.
9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
10. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.
12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
It appears that somebody’s read Alinsky’s book. And the “protesters” are following it step by step.
My question is: Who is pulling the strings?