Abraham Lincoln rightly denounced the “mobocratic spirit.” James Madison considered it the sa- cred duty of government to protect property rights from the violent whims of the mob: “That is not a just government, nor is property secure under it, where the property which a man has in his personal safety and personal liberty, is violated by arbitrary seizures of one class of citizens for the service of the rest.”
Lincoln and Madison would not have looked kindly upon the pro-redistributionist political street theater under way in urine- and garbage-saturated urban parks across the nation.
In an insult to the intelligence of the American people, the leaders of “Occupy Wall Street” piously claim that their movement is in the best traditions of nonviolent protest.
These class warriors are lying. The whole idea of these mass protests is to provoke the police and cause mass arrests, which the organizers can then use for propaganda purposes.
This exercise in Marxist mobocracy began on Sept. 17 in Lower Manhattan as the “U.S. Day of Rage.” This is a more honest moniker because it makes clear that the demonstrators are the polar opposite of the Tea Party movement, which seeks to protect America’s economic freedoms from the statist onslaught of the Obama administration. The leftist mob wants a radical transformation of American society in which government is expanded exponentially.
Occupy Wall Street is led by New York’s Working Families party, a front group for ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), AFL-CIO and street-thug battalions from the various neo-communist organizations such as National People’s Action and Democratic Socialists of America. Paid rent-a-mobs from the Working Families Party, which isn’t even recognized in the District of Columbia, even paid a visit to the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in the nation’s capital on Wednesday.
Although violence has been sporadic at the various “occupations” so far, mass violence is inevitable. This is what radicals want. What else could possibly be the end result of thousands of angry activists camping out for weeks without food and sanitation?
As the Pajamas Media website reported, a recent speaker at a parallel demonstration in Los Angeles gave away the game and unexpectedly injected clarity into the debate.
The man, apparently from India, rejected nonviolence and praised the bloody guillotines that worked overtime during the French Reign of Terror. “Gandhi today is a tumor that the ruling class is using constantly to mislead us,” said the aspiring Robespierre. “The bourgeoisie won’t go without violent means. Revolution! Yes, revolution that is led by the working class. Long live revolution! Long live socialism!” the speaker said to applause from the mob.
“Rules for Radicals” author and leftist icon Saul Alinsky agreed that nonviolence is of limited usefulness when trying to usher in a new era of socialism. As I note in my new book, “Subversion Inc.,” he argued in his organizing opus that there is no reason to make “a special religion of nonviolence.” In colonial India, he said, Gandhi’s approach was simply “the best tactic for its time and place.”
The mob actions Alinsky advocated and carried out have always been the antithesis of the American way of doing things. Americans reject lynch mobs and other forms of mob rule.
Conservative columnist George F. Will acknowledged as much on ABC’s “This Week With Christiane Amanpour.”
Mr. Will said he wants the Occupy Wall Street protests to continue and get even more publicity: “I think they do represent the intellectual spirit of the American left, but also I remember the 1960s. We had four years of demonstrations like this [that] led up to 1968, when the Nixon/Wallace vote was 57 percent - the country reacting against demonstrators, and Republicans went on to win five of the next six presidential elections.”
Maybe there is hope for America, after all.
Thank you, Occupy Wall Street.
Matthew Vadum is a senior editor at the Capital Research Center and author of “Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers” (WND Books, 2011).