Rightbloggers Denounce Occupy Wall Street, Which Is Totally Not Like the Tea Party Because Hippies

tomt200.jpgBack during the Tea Party heyday, months ago, rightbloggers would applaud the guys and gals in tricorners who gathered in public to protest the "ruling class" that, they said, was destroying America, and agitate for a new Revolution.

The Tea Party seems to be fading, and now we have Occupy Wall Street, whose adherents have gathered in public to protest the bankers and brokers who, they say, are destroying America, and agitate for a new Revolution.

You will not be surprised to learn that rightbloggers are much less sympathetic to the second new Revolution than to the first.

Though the OWS protests have many fanciful aspects -- like the grandiose "Declaration of the Occupation of New York City" issued by a "General Assembly" -- it has gained the interest of a lot of people. The message that bailouts, foreclosures, and rapacious banking practices have been bad for America may have more support than is immediately apparent, as polls show contempt for and distrust of banksters and such like to be general and strong.

The Tea Partying rightbloggers often like to portray themselves as anti-establishment, too. Granted, their idea of the "establishment" is mainly the Democratic Party. And they're more likely to flock to the defense of the banksters, and beseech them to "go Galt," than criticize them.

But they do sometimes notice that Obama is mobbed up with Wall Street types, and say they don't like it. While that's not the same as criticizing Wall Street -- and may in fact be prompted more by spurned-lover jealousy than by genuine righteous indignation -- surely it's possible that some of them understand Wall Street is part of the problem, at least.

But some of you have been to this rodeo before, and probably know that the likelihood of this is Not Bloody. Rightbloggers don't go for these protests at all. For one thing, in their view the protests were full of hippies -- by which they don't mean, as you might imagine, the old guys in tie-dye you see hanging around the Co-Op, but young people who are not dressed for office jobs.

In a much-circulated story, some rich toffs disparagingly referred to the protesters as "hippies" -- and this has become the preferred nomenclature among rightbloggers (not to mention perhaps-fanciful sources at the New York Post).

"Meet the hippies, potheads and Communists who want to 'bring capitalism down' at Occupy Wall Street," said Invisaligtist. "Hippies Invade Wall Street For 'Day Of Rage,'" yelled Marooned in Marin. "SMELLY HIPPIES PROTEST WALL STREET....BY SHOWING THEIR TITTIES," drooled Kickin' and Screamin'. "Screwball Hippies," said the Washington Times. Glenn Beck's The Blaze saw "dozens of people in tie-dyed T-shirts and star-spangled underwear..."

Etc. This continued at Twitter ("The NYPD finally gets to clear its inventory of hippie-strength tear gas... Hippies should be neutered...") and wherever else tech-enabled patriots congregate.

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They're all hippies! See the beard on that guy? Plus, no tricorners. (cc) _PaulS_
Datechguy heard that unions were getting involved with the protests, which naturally made him think of the horse's-head scene in The Godfather; for, just as all protestors who are not wearing tricorners are hippies, so all union members who are not Ronald Reagan are in the Mafia.

Some of the cleverer ones, like Instapundit Glenn Reynolds, tried to play both ends against the middle. "I would be harsher on these people," said Reynolds, "but given how thoroughly Obama has been in bed with Wall Street, and vice versa, it's hard for me to get very excited." That's an interesting reaction to the advancement of a cause he appears to support; in fact, it sounds as if Reynolds prefers hippie-punching to opposing Obama and his Wall Street Pals -- and sure enough, Reynolds quickly got with the Stupid Hippies storyline. (Also, when he heard the Occupy Wall Street protests compared to Egypt's at Tahrir Square, Reynolds mused, "those who think that Egypt is a good model might want to ponder for just a moment how that's worked out." How they miss Mubarak on the right! Well, with Pinochet and Franco dead, these are lean times for rightblogger role models.)

On a similar note, "Occupy Wall Street Not Our Arab Awakening," harrumped James Joyner at Outside the Beltway. Joyner admitted that "there's a lot of frustration out there, much of it legitimate" at Wall Street, but "random protests years after the fact are a bizarre reaction to all that in a representative democracy. If there's really a movement out there to change the way we do business, then organize that effort into a political movement and get into the arena rather than clogging up the Brooklyn Bridge." You can almost hear a crewcut dad yelling this at his hippie son, circa 1970.

Also, "Mob rule is a poor substitute for democracy," said Joyner. "...The last thing we need in America is to increase the level of rancor and noise." One would have thought it too late for that, but maybe Joyner's hearing is only attuned to rancorous protests by people under 65 who are not wearing Patrick Henry costumes.

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Commander Ogg
Commander Ogg

SHADOW: So these demonstrations for Tom Mooney, and labor demonstrations... LEWIS: Warren K. Billings, organizing the CIO...All that was going on and the police were there to see that you didn't do it. And if they could get away with it, they'd beat the sh*t out of you.SHADOW: And people would resist?LEWIS: Well obviously. And unions were created. We used to have a saying: "If you don't get the asses of the masses out in the street, forget it." And you get enough of them out there, the ruling class gets scared. That's the only thing they're afraid of, is numbers. Numbers! See, one thing you have to understand. There's very few people understand, especially people who deal in outlaw newspapers and magazines. The ruling class is smarter than you, and they're more creative. And if you forget that lesson, you go down the drain. Because if they weren't, they wouldn't be around as long as they have been and as strong as they have been...Never underestimate your opponent...You can poke fun at 'em, you can do satire, but they work 24 hours a day. ..." Their f*cking machine works 24 hours a day, man. It grinds, it grinds. Otherwise they don't stay in power, they topple. Al "Grandpa Munster" Lewis

Jorge Emilio Emrys Landivar
Jorge Emilio Emrys Landivar

If these guys had protested when wall street was being bailed out, maybe the bailouts wouldn't have happened.  Instead they are protesting for unrelated demands.

Guest
Guest

"there's a lot of frustration out there, much of it legitimate" at Wall Street, but "random protests years after the fact are a bizarre reaction to all that in a representative democracy.

Oh, so it's too late to protest against the banks. If only we'd occupied Wall Street earlier, then I'm sure Mr. Joyner would have rallied to the cause.

earl hickey
earl hickey

Where were the OWS people when Bush/Obama were bailing out the banks.  Probably cheering for TARP and thinking Congress saved the country with bailouts.

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

We had to protect the financial system.

The problem with the bailout was that absolutely nothing has changed and no one has been held accountable.  The same criminals are still running everything.  The most astounding thing is that the incompetent greedheads started giving themselves bonuses immediately after we bailed them out.  They should have all been fired for their performance.

Glock H. Palin, Esq.
Glock H. Palin, Esq.

Exactly. The problem wasn't the bailout, it was that it wasn't followed by steps to insure we wouldn't be in a position where we were forced to do it again.

Bobxcski
Bobxcski

These moron's...there can be no "hippies" at #occupywallst..."hippies" are extinct. I know because I am one.

Sunnyskies519
Sunnyskies519

I am a libertarian and have attended Tea Party rallies, we would have done a bit more than cry bloody murder had we been treated as violently as the peaceful protesters of OWS. I beg all of us on the left and right who love liberty and cannot stand to sacrifice ANY more of it in the name of security, be it job or national or economic, to see this for what it is. Bloomberg has an army, the first black President has always had it better than any white people I know or are related to hires and takes money from more corperations than any Oresident to date. Government is the problem. We have liberal democrat's in all the High Places, just like the Right had in conservative republican's from Reagan to the Bush's and still you find yourselves alone with yourselves. Behind orange nets herded into buses for processing (by the way no one saying it but everyone arrested goes on the Feds watch list, more to come in that to be sure), or in airports behind security screens getting hand raped. Please see more government means less freedom. Form your unions, let us form our militias. Who will defend you but us. Who will represent us but you. Please can we all see now, you are us, we are you, and they are the problem.

Matt Thompson
Matt Thompson

Who will defend you but us.

 Seriously, don't do me any favors, buckaroo. Play out your little Ender's Game fantasies all you want, but don't for one minute presume I need your "protection". As easily butthurt as you clowns get, I've no doubt you'd sell "us" out the first chance you get given the clink of ready change.

AnalRand
AnalRand

Handraped! bad Forced preganancies! goodRon Paul REVOLution 2102!

coozledad
coozledad

Good lord. Now will you people finally admit the damage sci/fi fantasy has done to the language? With minor modifications, this could be a speech from Battlefield Earth.Or The Room.

Consumer Unit 5012
Consumer Unit 5012

Hey, you can't blame this one on sci-fi.  Blame it on TV.  Or ampethetamines.

(Or possibly Doctor Bronner.  "Dilute!  Dilute! OK!")

stratplayer
stratplayer

I, for one, am delighted to see those who've been clamoring so loudly for the restoration of "liberty" show their true authoritarian police-state colors.

"Liberty for me, but not for thee."

RPorrofatto
RPorrofatto

"The only question is how to bring about the change she is seeking."

Sure, Howard, that's the only question. Okay wingers and teabaggers, how about some tough regulations on how banks are capitalized and what they can invest in? No? Okay, how about we restore marginal tax rates on Wall St. bonuses to where they were under Ronald Reagan? No? Okay, how about we fully fund agencies like the SEC and staff them with people who aren't working for the firms they are tasked with regulating and the people they might be investigating? No?

Wait. I know. Let's cut tax rates on all Wall St. millionaires and billionaires to zero, eviscerate any regulations which might reign in their fucking up the economy, and double their bonuses to keep them from going Galt in the hope that some of it will trickle down to your Social Security checks?

Yay, we have a policy.

reallyaimai
reallyaimai

I do love the accusation that they've "defiled a McDonald's bathroom."  Remains only to blame these effluent atheists for secularizing our ablutions as well as our sewers.

aimai

Damon Poeter
Damon Poeter

I'm pretty sure the steady delivery of quarter-pounder-and-chicken-mcnugget-laced shit defiles McDonald's bathrooms pretty good every day of the week without even getting any hippies involved

coozledad
coozledad

It's always "hippies" when it's just a couple of million people repeating the revolutions of 1848. Actual Patriots are always white trash reenacting the Daniel Boone show. They don't need no McDonalds' bathroom,  they just drop it right there in their buckskins.

ChrisV82
ChrisV82

While there does seem to be a core of what one may term "professional activists" involved here, the pertinent aspect is the revolving group of interested people who would not otherwise organize or attend such an event, combined with the longevity of this protest. I was in NY last weekend to visit some friends, and they were referencing this as something of note. That it is getting around nationally, and that other cities are joining in, is the real issue, and something people will pay attention to.

Besides that...

Also, "Mob rule is a poor substitute for democracy," said Joyner. "...The last thing we need in America is to increase the level of rancor and noise."

The GOP should just change their motto to "cognitive dissonance." 

Glock H. Palin, Esq.
Glock H. Palin, Esq.

"Mob rule is a poor substitute for democracy," said Joyner.

Yes, democracy was so much better before all us helots got the vote, right Joyner?

Serenitynow
Serenitynow

This was great. Spot on & humorous.  I am gonna have to read Mr. Edroso more often.

Asktosee
Asktosee

Also, what is the opposite of a hippie?

Asktosee
Asktosee

Please Define Hippie!

Dirk
Dirk

Zach Galifianakis.

McSalmon
McSalmon

Hippie (noun): The imaginary friend of the modern conservative, with the specific purpose of posing as his arch-nemesis in his quest for purity. See also: Straw Man, Distraction, Sin-Eater

swearyanthony
swearyanthony

Hilariously, right now this page has an ad asking "do you suffer from bipolar disorder" which is horribly appropriate for the folks you are describing. Targetted ads ftw

ronwagn
ronwagn

They are dressed not much less formally than a tea party group. They are about all white like a tea party group. The differences are that they are socialists, don't obey the law, are rowdy, and get themselves arrested. They are the same as the groups who protest world trade. Their Marxist professors, who the public pays, egg them on to this activity. We need to de-fund all these socialist professors. Let colleges run on the basis of free enterprise. Get the federal government out of the education business. At least at the state level we have a chance of influencing the schools we are paying for. 

Tony
Tony

Indeed. We need more stupid in this country.

glenn
glenn

Too bad they aren't carrying concealed weapons and wearing tri-corn hats. Then ronwagn would support them.

Ronwagn wouldn't know a socialist if one bit him on the leg.

pathman25
pathman25

Everything you describe to fix the problems are what got us here in the first place. Rapacious capitalism is creating huge numbers of poor people. How big of a pile of money do you need to sleep on?

McSalmon
McSalmon

So Ron's response to 'People are protesting Wall Street for breaking the economy without any consequence' is 'The solution is to get rid of those professors who teach that people might be concerned about it, and let the free market win.' Way to use that rubbery knot at the top of your spine there, Chief.

Q.Q. Moar
Q.Q. Moar

Go suck an egg, ron. You wouldn't know a Marxist if one bit you in the ass, you noisome fucking idiot.

Christopher Getzan
Christopher Getzan

ron, i find your ideas very interesting, and would like subscribe to your newsletter.

DocAmazing
DocAmazing

Perhaps you'd like it better if the Occupy Wall Street participants took a page from the Teabaggers' book and decided to make this a Second Amendment fiesta.  That might well bring you (and Deputy Inspector Bologna) some food for thought.

Consumer Unit 5012
Consumer Unit 5012

The rifle-toting Teabaggers always boggle my mind.  Can you imagine if some idiot liberal had tried packing heat at a Bush rally?  Their families would STILL be trying to find out which prison they were being waterboarded.at.

Stan Anderson
Stan Anderson

Some were arrested.  Most were not.  We saw on video that some were assaulted, and not arrested, by NYPD inspector Bologna.  Others with video cameras were apparently assaulted by NYPD officers because they were video-taping.  We should all be concerned with how government treats its citizens when those citizens were expressing their Constitutionally protected right to speak out.

EndOfTheWorld
EndOfTheWorld

We should be, but we won't be. People love a police state when they're convinced that they'll never find themselves on the other end of a truncheon. 

mchuge
mchuge

While the permanent occupation crew is largely kids with a flair for thrift store variety, the general assemblies often have guest speakers in suits.

parsec
parsec

It's something of an open secret, but if you want to organize and conduct protests in perfect anonymity just wear an jacket and tie when you appear in public.  The media will never put a camera on you.

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