Must be seen to be believed: #OccupyATL votes down chance for Rep. Lewis to speak

I touched on this a little bit in my post on Occupy Charlotte last night, but wanted to expand on it here as I’ve just gotten a chance to watch the video all the way through and to read Fox News’recap. It really is something that has to be seen to be believed. First, the set up – from Fox:

Rep. John Lewis is one of 435 members of the House interminably frustrated by the arcane ways of the Senate. At an Occupy Atlanta protest, he encountered a process arguably worse.

A lengthy video posted online over the weekend showed what happened when the Democratic congressman tried to address an “assembly” of protesters in his home state. Instead of giving the floor to a man who is not just a longtime U.S. representative but a revered civil rights icon, the protesters employed a tangle of parliamentary procedures to ultimately prevent him from speaking.

A stunned Lewis could be seen watching the whole thing unfold before ambling away.

Asked about the incident Monday, a Lewis spokeswoman told “the only comment that we’re going to give is the comments already made.” In a prior interview about the matter with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Lewis said, “It’s okay,” and that “they didn’t really deny me.”

The end result, though, was that Lewis did not get to speak to the protesters.

The procedures they used — rather, invented — would make the Senate blush. Imagine some combination of Model U.N., Lord of the Flies and a Phish concert.

They aren’t kidding. When you’ve got ten free minutes, watch the video for yourself:

You gotta admit, it’s pretty amusing. This, OTOH, is scary:

Radical labor organizer Stephen Lerner of SEIU intends to terrorize the families of bank executives in their homes as part of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

SEIU, a longtime ally of ACORN, has done it before, as ably documented by Big Government’s Liberty Chick.
The home invasions are scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Lerner, a prime architect of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, laid out the Left’s plans to his fellow Marxists at the left-wing Take the American Dream Back conference in Washington, D.C., on October 3, 2011.

Here’s the (audio) of his remarks:

When I read stuff like that and watch disturbing videos like this one of a group of SEIU thugs storming the front yard and front porch of a BOA lawyer last year, I’m reminded just how much the Tea Party is NOT like the “Occupy”/ “Gimme MINE!” movement in any way. Thank God.

Gunwalker: “Does no one care about the dead Mexicans?”

**Posted by Phineas

Subbing for Hugh Hewitt on the radio last week, the great Mark Steyn asked a darned good question that touched on hypocritical liberal bigotry:

“Now real Mexicans are dead,” he continued. “Does the president of the United States, does his attorney general, does CNN, does The New York Times, does NPR — do they not care about dead Mexicans?

“I mean, forget the United States Border Patrol guys that were killed about these ‘Fast & Furious’ guns. Real-live, or previously live, citizens of third world countries — the kind of people that NPR, The New York Times claim to love — are dead because of this.”

“Why isn’t that a national scandal?” he pleaded. “This is absolutely a — Iran-Contra didn’t rack of that kind of body count. Watergate didn’t rack up that kind of body count. Sarah Palin’s daughter’s boyfriend’s mother, or whatever stupid story they were chasing around Wasilla for months, that didn’t rack up a body count. There were hundreds of dead Mexicans from a gun running program run by the United States.”

The answer, of course, is that they only care about the dead Mexicans when they’re useful for attacking a Republican administration

Click through for a recording of the segment.

RELATED: At Fausta’s blog, read all about how Sinaloa’s top assassin was hoarding weapons obtained via Operation Fast and Furious. Earlier Gunwalker posts.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

“A depth of cluelessness that boggles the mind.”

**Posted by Phineas

That’s the opinion of Harvey Golub, former chairman of American Express, regarding the Obama administration’s economic policies. I doubt many of us would disagree; in fact, increasing numbers of Americans greatly disapprove of Obama’s performance.

What is newsworthy, though, in Michael Goodwin’s column is the picture of a president so detached from his job that he’s stopped listening to anyone other than a couple of advisers:

The reports are not good, disturbing even. I have heard basically the same story four times in the last 10 days, and the people doing the talking are in New York and Washington and are spread across the political spectrum.

The gist is this: President Obama has become a lone wolf, a stranger to his own government. He talks mostly, and sometimes only, to friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett and to David Axelrod, his political strategist.

Everybody else, including members of his Cabinet, have little face time with him except for brief meetings that serve as photo ops. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner both have complained, according to people who have talked to them, that they are shut out of important decisions.

The president’s workdays are said to end early, often at 4 p.m. He usually has dinner in the family residence with his wife and daughters, then retreats to a private office. One person said he takes a stack of briefing books. Others aren’t sure what he does.

If the reports are accurate, and I believe they are, they paint a picture of an isolated man trapped in a collapsing presidency. While there is no indication Obama is walking the halls of the White House late at night, talking to the portraits of former presidents, as Richard Nixon did during Watergate, the reports help explain his odd public remarks.

The remarks Goodwin refers to are recent statements by Obama that Americans are “not better off” than they were four years ago (quite the opposite, in fact) and that we have gotten “soft,” both of which evoked strong memories of Jimmy Carter, the former because of Reagan’s famous question during the 1980 campaign, while the latter was reminiscent of Carter’s “malaise” speech, in which he seemed to blame the American people. Both seem like something that would be said by a man whose job depresses him and is failing to come to grips with the fact that his problems are of his own making.

Isolation is never a good thing for a leader, particularly in a powerful position such as President of the United States. If Goodwin is right, Obama has fallen back on the two people he trusts most from his happier days in Chicago (one of whom is a corrupt slumlord) and is ignoring anyone else who might tell him the unpleasant things he needs to hear; not just members of the Democratic caucus in Congress, but the very people Obama appointed to oversee the various cabinet departments that are his responsibility. That’s a recipe not just for failed policies or even a failed administration, but for disaster in a crisis, as sycophants and courtiers rarely give good advice.

Information like this –again, if true– makes it even more imperative that Obama be turfed out in 2012 and a new president put in place who actually know how to be Chief Executive.

via Hot Air

LINK: At American Thinker, James Lewis riffs off Goodwin’s article to write about Obama’s narcissism and the dangers of an isolated president.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)