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“Occupy” protests – the real deal or warm-up to October surprise?

November 30, 2011
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I tend to listen to Rush Limbaugh on the podcast, not live. Lately I’ve not even had the time or inclination to do that very much. The topics in the news tend to repeat themselves, and I have a pretty good idea of where Rush will weigh in on a particular subject.

(By the way, note to liberal attack dogs: in case you haven’t noticed, over the last couple of years Rush has lost a lot of weight. His hair is getting pretty thin but otherwise the pictures I’ve seen of him show him looking the healthiest he has in…well, as long as I’ve ever seen him, going back two decades. Find something else to make fun of than his weight.)

But I digress. Monday I was listening to a podcast from what must have been Friday last week, and Rush was talking about the Occupy Whatever protests. He made the point that many of these are motivated by jealousy of the Tea Party.

I get that. However, his later point (I’ve not listened to the third hour from Friday, just read the iTunes description) was that the Occupy protests are boot camp for 2012 riots. THAT I get.

I don’t know where the money for the Occupy protesters is coming from. I have heard reports, not just from Rush Limbaugh, that some of the protesters admit to being paid for their participation. In some cities, unions have completely co-opted the entire movement.

We could feel sorry for the poor union folks, who see the writing on the wall that their memberships are dwindling and that they are losing power all over the country. They then will do what they can to generate support for politicians who will help them maintain their members – folks like the President.

But I don’t feel sorry for them. I wonder how many of the Occupy folks know how much they are being manipulated? I wonder if the average viewer of CBS News understands that, too.

I think what is really going on is (a) the protests help to divert attention from bigger issues, and from the Republican Presidential debates, and they do so with relatively few participants and a relatively small outlay of cash;  (b) they are providing valuable data on mob mentality and behavior in the US at this time; and (c) they are providing good training for larger demonstrations to be held next summer and fall, going right up to Election Day.

Ann Coulter’s latest book is about the behavior of mobs, and how the Democrat party uses this mentality. I think she’s thinking ahead of her peers, here. I want to believe the Occupy movement is not part of a larger conspiracy but I would not be surprised if it is. Many of its participants are probably unaware of how they are being played. Back in September, North Carolina Governor Beverly Purdue, speaking to a Rotary Club meeting, tossed off a remark about how perhaps we should delay the 2012 elections so Congress could more effectively grapple with the economic problems gripping the country. It was not supposed to have been offered seriously, but many people believe it was the first “trial balloon.”

I’m not a doom and gloom guy. I am someone who is wary of the opposition. The Occupy folks lacked any kind of coherent agenda or message. I think this was deliberate. The agenda was disruption, designed to take the attention of Americans off the serious issues at hand and force it to a set of silly protests made by a handful of people. If you watch or listen to the mainstream media, it succeeded in that agenda.

 

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