BLACKWELL: Occupiers, the new village idiots

Obama’s embrace of protesters’ wacky behavior will cost him votes

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Leftists are fascinated by the Occupy Wall Street protesters because, for generations, their organizing principle hasn’t changed. It was best stated in 1901 by future Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin in his newspaper Iskra (the Spark): “Our task is to utilize every manifestation of discontent and to gather and turn to the best account every protest, however small. … Concentrate all droplets of popular resentment. Combine all these streamlets into a single gigantic torrent.”

More recently, Saul Alinsky taught much the same thing to many who now cannot resist applauding the occupiers.

That old strategy won’t work in America today. Most experienced political analysts predict that Mr. Obama cannot be re-elected unless our national economy improves dramatically before November 2012.

More government can’t generate the growth necessary to save the left in next year’s election. Even if it could, the current Congress would defeat any major attempts to increase government spending and government control of the economy.

The ironic fact is that the Occupy Wall Street protesters will, to the extent that they vilify profits and shame and frighten employers and prospective employers, discourage private investment in new activity, which alone can create new jobs. By linking himself and his allies to these protests, Mr. Obama is scaring job creators and damaging his chance of re-election, not building his base of support. Fortunately, there aren’t enough idiots out there.

Morton C. Blackwell is president of the Leadership Institute and the national committeeman of the Republican Party of Virginia.

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