Go ahead, Democrats, embrace the Occupy movement

Posted by: Phineas on October 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

You know you want to; it’s so edgy, so sexy, so… progressive. It makes you feel young again, doesn’t it? Takes you back to the 60s or the 80s, when you were going to change the world; when, with enough will and fervor (and Acapulco gold), you could defy reality and turn the world into one large anarcho-socialist nirvana. Free health care, free love, free stuff… You were gonna have it all.

Oh, it didn’t work out so well before, but that was then. Now’s different! Now is your time! Give in to your inner Statist, unleash the Socialist within! The rest of the nation is with you!

Or, maybe not:

Yet the Occupy Wall Street movement reflects values that are dangerously out of touch with the broad mass of the American people—and particularly with swing voters who are largely independent and have been trending away from the president since the debate over health-care reform.

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Our research shows clearly that the movement doesn’t represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence. Half (52%) have participated in a political movement before, virtually all (98%) say they would support civil disobedience to achieve their goals, and nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda.

The vast majority of demonstrators are actually employed, and the proportion of protesters unemployed (15%) is within single digits of the national unemployment rate (9.1%).

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What binds a large majority of the protesters together—regardless of age, socioeconomic status or education—is a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth, intense regulation of the private sector, and protectionist policies to keep American jobs from going overseas.

Sixty-five percent say that government has a moral responsibility to guarantee all citizens access to affordable health care, a college education, and a secure retirement—no matter the cost. By a large margin (77%-22%), they support raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, but 58% oppose raising taxes for everybody, with only 36% in favor. And by a close margin, protesters are divided on whether the bank bailouts were necessary (49%) or unnecessary (51%).

Thus Occupy Wall Street is a group of engaged progressives who are disillusioned with the capitalist system and have a distinct activist orientation. Among the general public, by contrast, 41% of Americans self-identify as conservative, 36% as moderate, and only 21% as liberal. That’s why the Obama-Pelosi embrace of the movement could prove catastrophic for their party.

The author, Doug Schoen, is a Democrat pollster who worked for Bill Clinton. Read the whole thing; it sounds like someone on his knees begging a loved one not to do something monumentally stupid.

I, on the other hand, being of the firm belief that Nemesis always follows Hubris, encourage Obama, the Democratic Party, and their Big Labor and MSM allies to hold the Occupy movement close and never let it go. Give in. Live in the now. Do what feels good.

Because this time just has to be different.

via JustOneMinute

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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11 Responses to “Go ahead, Democrats, embrace the Occupy movement”

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  1. TexasMom2012 says:

    I am perfectly happy to have Republicans “extremists” be identified by the TEA Party and even more estatic to have the Democrats be embracing the OWS movement. The people in the OWS are more similar to the London rioters so I don’t think this bunch will stay relatively constrained. Sooner or later they will start civil disobedience that will morph into violence. Simply look at the squalor they are willing to perpetuate. Regular Americans will not relate to them so let them continue to protest so all can see what they truly represent. I am loving the contrast with the TEA Party and their red, white, and blue attire, their singing of patriotic songs and their single day protests followed up by leaving the site cleaner than when they came… Contrasted by the vile language and mindless repetition of slogans and the filth left everywhere by the OWS crowd. I plan to laugh all the way to the voting booth in 2012!

  2. Papa Whiskey says:

    I wonder if these creatures remember what happened to the Dems in 1972 after they embraced “The Movement.” The electorate had a movement right on their heads.

  3. Zippy says:

    Amen to your post TexasMom!

  4. marke says:

    Still waiting for the MSM to show the picture collage of the OWS movement that is readily available – you know, the one they WANTED to show of the Tea Party: trashed US flags, confrontations with police, property damage, anti US signs and slogans, reports of theft and violence within the ‘movement’, etc. It’s amazing how admirable the millions who attended the Tea Party movement were in that most of the negatives associated with them were actually Dem plants. Fox and the conservative sites should make these pictures part of the national conscience. Most moderates and Reagan Democrats will be repulsed by this clueless, entitled, and mangy group.

  5. Justamom says:

    “Just like the Tea Party”, they say?
    Would that be the racist Tea Party or the AstroTurf Tea Party?

    Or the anarchist, socialist, communist, druggie, thief, parole jumper, redistributor, pervert exposer, malcontent…?
    I know I’m leaving some out… just so hard to include all our patriots!

  6. Janelle says:

    I still can’t believe any person over 11 could want to identify with piglets who poop on police cars.

  7. Carlos says:

    Don’t forget the Nazis/White Supremacists, Justamom. Seems to me that/those group(s) epitomize the OWS movement more than any other(s), and don’t forget, our Sleazebucket-in-Chief supports them, too.

    Only as it should be. If the Repubs don’t hang this around the Democraps collective neck like a titanic albatross, the Republican party should disappear from the face of the earth.

  8. FrankNitti says:

    Give in. Live in the now. Do what feels good.

    ST, I bet if you whispered in their ear they would follow their needs…..but I certainly wouldn’t want you to get cooties.

  9. Phineas says:

    ST, I bet if you whispered in their ear…

    ST and I look that much alike? ;)

  10. Motorcyclist says:

    Even the most dimwitted libtard with a wife, kids and a mortgage, must be beginning to feel the noose tightening around their collective(ist) necks and starting to wonder where this president and this “movement” is taking them.

    The question is….how much of their souls are they willing to sell, defending the lies and engineered confusion of the “means”, in order to attain that ever-more elusive “ends” that they were promised…..waaaaaaaay back in 2008?

    Seems like a million years ago, doesn’t it, neocommies?…..lol!

  11. George Robinson says:

    As resident grandpa and total pragmatist I still revel in the idea of a third party or a real libertarian party or something. I have been disappointed in the Repubs since Eisenhauer (Calvin Coolidge actually, but I’m not that old). In the seventies a group of us used to wade through the hippies and bang heads, all they did was cry. The current group of racist weenies can’t even determine a cause to say nothing of being certifiably stupid. Just who Nancy needs on her team.