The “not-so-spontaneous” protests against “corporate greed” that are popping up across the country are quickly being embraced by the Democratic Party and the Main Stream Media, who are growing increasingly desperate in their attempts to camouflage the rapidly failing Obama Presidency. In fact, yesterday, the news media even tried to start comparing them to the Tea Party.
That’s like comparing Janeane Garafalo to Taylor Swift.
Protesters who’ve gathered under the banner of “Occupy Wall Street” are looking to light a movement, but as hundreds of demonstrators rally against corporate “greed and corruption,” they have a long way to go before becoming a defined cause like the Tea Party, say political analysts.
That’s not to say they aren’t trying.
In three-weeks time, the Occupy Wall Street crowd has attracted high-profile attention. It has the purported backing of unions like the Teamsters and DC-37, New York City’s largest public employees union. It has attracted Hollywood types who love a good cause to drop in on; and has even generated a discussion group at a convention of liberal leaders taking place in Washington, D.C., this week.
Speaking of Washington, D.C.:
The mantra of the Occupy DC protests rang out loudly and clearly through downtown Washington Thursday afternoon.
“Where are the jobs?” protesters yelled outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.“We need jobs” they shouted in front of the White House.
“Banks got bailed out, we got sold out,” they chanted while marching down K Street.
The group plans to “occupy,” or camp out in, Washington’s Freedom plaza until the government creates a serious jobs program, adds an amendment to the Constitution to take “big money” out of elections by repealing the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and investigates Wall Street bankers that were involved in the financial crisis, said protestor Peter Burr, 64.
“There are very, very few people in the United States who are not being impacted by this, and I don’t know if it will take weeks or months but gradually they are all going to speak up,” said Burr, who drove from Nashville, Tenn., to participate in Thursday’s event.
Occupy D.C. is an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement that has taken up residence in downtown New York City for the past three weeks. Both the president and vice president spoke out in solidarity with the “occupy” protestors today.
“What is the core of that protest?” asked Vice President Joe Biden at the Washington Ideas Forum. “The core is: The bargain has been breached. The core is the American people do not think the system is fair or on the level. That is the core is what you’re seeing with Wall Street.”
At a White House press conference, President Obama said the Wall Street protest “expresses the frustrations that the American people feel.”
“We had the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, huge collateral damage all throughout the country, all across Main Street,” Obama said. “And yet you’re still seeing some of the same folks who acted irresponsibly trying to fight efforts to crack down on abusive practices that got us into this problem in the first place.”
As about 600 citizens marched through the streets of downtown Washington they chanted, “We are 99 percent,” as in the 99 percent of Americans who share the same amount of wealth as the top 1 percent.
The question remains: Who else, besides the unions, is financing these idiots?
The Alliance for Global Justice, a nonprofit with 501c3 status, helped Occupy Wall Street to collect tax-exempt donations and open a credit union account to centralize funds.
The Washington-based organization’s most recent 2009 tax return has revenues of $843,547, including contributions and grants of $789,509, records show.
Pete Dutro, 36, a business technology management student at NYU-Poly has also joined the finance committee and said several heavy-hitter benefactors have contacted Occupy Wall Street to find out ways to give financial support.
The committee requested they hold off donating money until mechanisms are in place to handle the cash, Dutro said.
Any of the many organizational committees seeking to spend more than $100 – for, say, blankets or food – has to get approval from the hyper-democratic general assembly, the de facto leadership body for the protest.
Yet the finance brains behind the movement have ambitions of giving each entity its own budget. Some money will be used to pay bail for arrested demonstrators.
“We want to make sure we have ways of using the money effectively,” Dutro said.
“We are trying to be transparent about it.”
David Horowitz has this to say about AGJ:
The Alliance for Global Justice (AGJ) is a Washington, D.C.-based charity that promotes opposition to free-market capitalism, particularly in Latin America, under the cover of engaging in “education on human, environmental and worker rights.” AGJ underwrites and publicizes the activities of revolutionary Marxist movements from Nicaragua to Mexico and trains young activists to work toward its distinctly radical conception of “economic justice.”
…In addition to its efforts to stoke revolution in other countries, AGJ also funds revolutionary groups within the United States. For instance, it is the main financial sponsor of World Can’t Wait, a direct-action movement affiliated with the Revolutionary Communist Party.
The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.
These protesters around the country aren’t just idiots, but when it comes to advancing Marxism in the United States, they’re useful idiots.