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Churches and religious organizations have been responding to the dire need of hurricane Sandy survivors:
More than 450 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers with some 45 units from nine Baptist state conventions were activated in at least six states affected by the storm. […]
International relief organization Samaritan’s Purse is also helping victims of Hurricane Sandy at three locations in New Jersey. Bases have been established in Atlantic, Bergen and Ocean counties, areas that were hardest hit by the storm.
“These people are just devastated and need help,” Samaritan’s Purse president Franklin Graham said.
Staff and volunteer teams are helping families by tarping roofs, removing debris, mudding-out homes, treating for mold and removing downed trees.
“We’re looking forward to reaching out to the homeowners who’ve been so devastated by this disaster,” said Tony McNeil, Samaritan’s Purse program manager in Atlantic County. “We want to them to know that God loves them and He hasn’t forgotten them. We’re here to remind them of that.”
Chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team also are in New Jersey, helping to assess and finding people in need, and providing spiritual comfort.
The Churches of Christ sent three truckloads of supplies for distribution. Mainline denominations like the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA) have also launched massive relief efforts.
Despite the outpouring of love and assistance from the religious community, the media has chosen to focus on polishing the image of Occupy activists:
In a disaster the magnitude of Sandy, anyone who brings help deserves praise; to that extent the Occupy movement has offered legitimate aid to people and deserves credit. That being said, Occupiers haven’t received this much positive press since… well, the birth of the Occupy movement itself.
The Huffington Post reads, “Occupy Sandy Emerges As Relief Organization For 21st Century, Mastering Social Networks.” On Public Radio station WNYC’s blog, the headline is, “Occupy Sandy: With a Hurricane, a Movement is Reborn,” and the story declares, “After disappearing from both the political conversation and the streets of New York City, the Occupy movement is back.”
[I]t’s good that Occupy Sandy is lending a hand, but the media coverage they are receiving is disproportionate when compared to the work of religious groups. A left-wing group doing the work is apparently much more newsworthy than a religious group doing the same in the view of reporters and editors.
The mainstream media has now set the stage for the triumphant return of Occupy protests in 2013, just as the legislative battle to avoid taking America off the fiscal cliff is about to heat up. Sandy may be over, but the Occupy storm is just beginning.
This is what they think “democracy” looks like?
Tampa police said Tuesday that they confiscated pipes, bricks, and other “suspicious” items from the rooftop of a downtown building located just a mile from where next week’s Republican National Convention will be held.
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said she believes the items were put there by protesters for use during RNC demonstrations. She added that some RNC-related graffiti was also found at the building, but wouldn’t elaborate.
However, Fox13 reported the graffiti featured the now-familiar “Anonymous” logo.
“It is disconcerting but it’s not surprising,” she said. “This is normally how things proceed leading up to a large event.”
Of course! Obama couldn’t allow law enforcement to keep his little red army in check, now could he?
Documents obtained by Judicial Watch confirm that somebody in the White House told officials with the General Services Administration (GSA) to “stand down” and not arrest Occupy Portland protestors who may have broken the law last year.
Former GSA Public Buildings Service Commissioner Robert Peck told a senior Department of Homeland Security official that the federal housekeeping agency had been instructed by the Obama White House to go easy on the Occupy protestors.
In a Nov. 6, 2011, DHS/National Protection and Programs Directorate Chief of Staff Caitlin Durkovich asked GSA’s Peck if it was true that his agency had asked Federal Protective Service officials not to take action against the Occupy Portland protestors.
“Yes, that is our position,” Peck responded. “It’s been vetted with our Administrator and Michael Robertson, our chief of staff, and we have communicated with the WH [White House], which has afforded us the discretion to fashion our approach to Occupy issues…The arrests last week were carried out despite our request that the protesters [sic] be allowed to remain and to camp overnight…”
Awww…couldn’t find enough sugar daddies?
More than eight months after Occupy Wall Street burst onto the global stage, decrying income inequality and coining the phrase “We are the 99 percent,” the movement’s survival and continued relevance is far from assured. Donations to the flagship New York chapter have slowed to a trickle. Polls show that public support is rapidly waning. Media attention has dropped precipitously.
Bursts of violence, threats of municipal chaos and two alleged domestic terror plots have put Occupy on a recurring collision course with law enforcement.
Even its social media popularity, a key indicator of the strength of a youthful movement, has fizzled since its zenith last fall.
National electoral successes – the legacy of the Tea Party, the other major American grassroots movement created in recent years – are not even on the agenda of the famously leaderless organization.
While the movement’s signature triumph has been to draw worldwide attention to income inequality in America and elsewhere, some who are sympathetic say it has nevertheless failed a crucial test of social movements: the ability to adapt and grow through changing tactics.
It’s hard to be innovative when your entire life philosophy is that everything should be handed to you on a silver platter, and your political philosophy is borrowed from Lenin.
Anyone who thinks Communism is Biblical clearly hasn’t read the “Communist Manifesto” or studied Biblical Economics.
Jesus Was A Commie. That’s the title of actor Matthew Modine’s short documentary film that’s been winning film festival awards and critical acclaim.
In Jesus Was A Commie, Modine, who wrote, directed, acted, and narrated the film, says:
According to the Bible, Jesus and his followers chose to own nothing, and shared their belongings. There were no needy people among them. Those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales, put it at the Apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. By this definition, Jesus and his followers were communists.
“I think that you could define [Jesus] as a Utopian communist, where people would work together to solve our problems,” he told The Christian Post, in a recent interview. Modine (Full Metal Jacket, Married to the Mob, Vision Quest, and the soon-to-be-released Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises) further remarked: “The film is not so much about Jesus or communism, but it’s about cooperation.”
Mr. Modine, like so many other Hollywood leftists and their harder-core Marxist-Leninist brethren, would like to have it both ways. They want to co-opt Jesus Christ and Christianity as their own when it serves their purposes, while at the same time denouncing essential Christian beliefs (especially on issues of sexual morality) and orthodox Christian believers as the real impediment to the realization of paradise on earth.
The Communist Party USA (CPUSA), naturally, finds Modine’s new film “inspiring,” and uses it in a live-stream online video of a recent presentation entitled, Was Jesus a Communist? (Pictured above) The program featured Communist Party functionary Roberta Wood as host, along with Rev. Tim Yeager and Pat Flagg as the commentators.
Rev. Yeager, of Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park, Illinois, is Chairperson of the Communist Party USA’s Religion Commission. Pat Flagg is a member of the Commission. Yeager is also Financial Secretary/Treasurer of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, United Auto Workers (UAW) Local Union 2320. In addition to his national CPUSA and union activism, Yeager is also an activist in Chicago-area politics, such as the Occupy Wall Street movement.
A capsule of some of Yeager’s more noteworthy communist and leftist activities is provided on Keywiki, the very useful data site of New Zealand researcher Trevor Loudon.
In a friendly interview with People’s World, official news publication of the CPUSA, Yeager further expounded on the Modine film and his own dialectical synthesis of Christian-Communist unity.
“Jesus called upon his people to be bold for justice,” Yeager told People’s World. “He says the same thing that Karl Marx says at the end of the Communist Manifesto: fear not, stand up, move into this new era, be free, you have nothing to lose but your chains.”
The Modine film fits in well with The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, which the Left has high hopes of using to reinvigorate the effort of the 1960s to draft Jesus as the leader of the Marxist-Leninist vanguard. A prime example of this liberation theology recrudescence is Occupy Faith NYC, which has brought together many of the veteran leftist church activists to provide OWS a sham Christian face. Judson Memorial Church and Riverside Church, two of Manhattan’s longtime centers of Marxist agitation posing as Christian activism, have been in the forefront. Prominent among the Occupy Faith NYC clergy are Senior Minister Stephen H. Phelps of Riverside Church, Rev Michael Ellick and Rev. Donna Schaper of Judson Memorial Church, Feminist Activist Theologian Dr. Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Unitarian Universalist Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel, openly homosexual Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, and Rabbi Arthur Waskow. Rabbi Waskow is better known for political activism than spiritual depth, having been a key founding member of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), one of the most influential centers of Marxist activity over the past five decades.
One of the most eminent “Marxist-Christian” OWS spokesmen is Cornel West, Princeton University’s fiery professor of philosophy. Dr. West, a frequent speaker at the communist Brecht Forum in New York City, is fond of referring to himself as ”a Jesus-loving black man.” However, it is difficult to listen to his vitriolic, anti-capitalist rants without getting the notion that his appeals to Christianity are merely intended to make his Marxist message more acceptable to a wider audience. Over the past year, West has been on a national speaking tour with Carl Dix (see here and here) a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), a fanatical Maoist organization notorious for violent street confrontations.
Mao Zedong, hero to the RCP, earned unparalleled infamy as the greatest mass murderer in history. Many of those he killed were, of course, Christians, and his successors now running the Communist Party of China continue his legacy of jailing, torturing, and murdering Chinese Christians. Prof. West and many of the other “Christian Marxists,” apparently prefer to identify with the Communist murderers rather than the Christian martyrs, the oppressors rather than the oppressed.
The Communist regimes in Moscow and Beijing provided Fidel Castro with instructions on dealing with Christians, which in Cuba meant the Catholic Church. Mao’s representative, Comrade Li Wei Han of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party in 1959, sent a communiqué to Castro’s new Communist regime explaining the subversive approach to “converting” Christians to Communism. Comrade Li wrote:
The line of action to follow against the Church is to instruct, to educate, to persuade, to convince, and, gradually, to awaken and fully develop the political conscience of Catholics by getting them to take part in study circles and political activities. By means of these activities, we must undertake the dialectical struggle within religion. Gradually, we will replace the religious element with the Marxist element.
Of course, Castro faithfully employed these methods — along with the customary Communist practice of outright persecution for those “uncooperative” Christians who insisted on following the Gospel according to Mark rather than the gospel according to Marx.
Castro and other Marxist-Leninists look to the first Soviet dictator V. I. Lenin for guidance on all matters. Lenin, in his 1905 work,Socialism and Religion took to task those outspoken Communists who alienated potential Christian allies by publicly brandishing their atheism and their contempt for religion. Lenin wrote:
It would be stupid to think that, in a society based on the endless oppression and coarsening of the worker masses, religious prejudices could be dispelled by purely propaganda methods… That is the reason why we do not and should not set forth our atheism in our Programme; that is why we do not and should not prohibit proletarians who still retain vestiges of their old prejudices from associating themselves with our Party.
Lenin was speaking then as one who was not yet in power, as one who needed to use unwitting Christians as allies to attain power. That was a public utterance aimed at assuaging concerns that Communists are hostile toward religion. Privately, in a 1913 letter to the famous Russian author Maxim Gorky, Lenin left no doubt as to his own prejudices, calling even the idea of god “unutterable vileness.” According to Lenin:
Every religious idea, every idea of a god, even flirting with the idea of god is unutterable vileness of the most dangerous kind, “contagion” of the most abominable kind.
Once he had attained power, Lenin could afford to be more candid. In his 1920 instructions, Tasks of the Youth Unions, Lenin writes:
For a Communist, morality as a whole consists of total discipline and solidarity [with the cause] in the struggle against the exploiters…. Any morality that is taken outside its class conception we totally repudiate…. Morality is completely subordinated to the interests of the proletarian class struggle.
Writing to Foreign Affairs Commissar Georgy Chicherin in 1921 Lenin stressed the Communist virtues of lying and deception: “Telling the truth is a bourgeois prejudice. Deception, on the other hand, is often justified by the goal.”
The Communists and their allies and Christian dupes have been religiously following Lenin’s gospel of lies and deception ever since.
We knew this was coming.
After unleashing a crime wave on U.S. cities, the Occupy movement has descended into actual terrorism, as arrests in Chicago show. This is no longer the work of a fringe, but a shadowy group with political sponsorship.
Three men at the heart of the Occupy movement in Miami were charged Friday with conspiracy to commit terrorism near the NATO summit in Chicago. Mixing up Molotov cocktails, their big plan was to hurl firebombs at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home, President Barack Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters, a police station and various Chicago banks.
“Ever see a cop on fire?” one of the punks asked shortly before he was arrested. After news of that broke, Occupy Chicago took to Twitter to defend the three, calling the arrests state intimidation of “activists.”
It wasn’t the only incident in Chicago: Two other terrorist-wannabes were busted for plotting to make pipe bombs to hurl at the NATO summit.
They may have all been amateurs, but it follows another incident in Cleveland just weeks ago. Three Occupy terrorist-wannabes were caught trying to detonate a bomb on a city bridge. At their arraignment, Occupy protestors showed up in large numbers to support them.
Make no mistake: This is a pattern. Wherever Occupy goes, terrorism follows. Occupy practices no moral hygiene, as Bill Buckley used to put it, and accepts every freak who joins them in a way the Tea Parties never did.
It’s a textbook example of how terrorist movements everywhere get started — as protests of discontent with ill-defined goals in an atmosphere of illegality, with little effort to use the democratic process.
All the same, they draw political support from ambitious political leaders with otherwise unsalable ideas.
In Occupy’s case, support came from President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and various city officials who coddled them.
When was the last time riot police were needed to keep a Tea Party under control?
“I’ve never heard of that. Why isn’t this talked about?” A young socialist wonders why he’s never heard about the communist atrocities that these Soviet refugees survived.
History, facts, and logic: what American youth have been deprived of in public schools, and need more than ever!
I grew up reading stories of Christians suffering under brutal communist dictatorships. It amazes me how ignorant the average American is about history, even as recent as the 80’s.
The great Thomas Sowell delves into the question of what America would look like if 99% of our population actually thought and behaved like Occupiers:
The “Occupy” movement, which the Obama administration and much of the media have embraced, has implications that reach far beyond the passing sensation it has created.
The unwillingness of authorities to put a stop to their organized disruptions of other people’s lives, their trespassing, vandalism and violence is a de facto suspension, if not repeal, of the 14th Amendment’s requirement that the government provide “equal protection of the laws” to all its citizens.
How did the “Occupy” movement acquire such immunity from the laws that the rest of us are expected to obey? Simply by shouting politically correct slogans and calling themselves representatives of the 99% against the 1%.
But just when did the 99% elect them as their representatives? If in fact 99% of the people in the country were like these “Occupy” mobs, we would not have a country. We would have anarchy.
Democracy does not mean mob rule. It means majority rule. If the “Occupy” movement, or any other mob, actually represents a majority, then they already have the votes to accomplish legally whatever they are trying to accomplish by illegal means.
Mob rule means imposing what the mob wants, regardless of what the majority of voters want. It is the antithesis of democracy.
In San Francisco, when the mob smashed the plate-glass window of a small business shop, the owner put up some plywood to replace the glass, and the mob wrote graffiti on his plywood. The consequences? None for the mob, but a citation for the shop owner for not removing the graffiti.
When trespassers blocking other people at the University of California, Davis refused to disperse, and locked their arms with one another to prevent the police from being able to physically remove them, the police finally resorted to pepper spray to break up this human logjam.
The result? The police have been strongly criticized for enforcing the law. Apparently pepper spray is unpleasant, and people who break the law are not supposed to have unpleasant things done to them. Which is to say, we need to take the “enforcement” out of “law enforcement.”
Everybody is not given these exemptions from paying the consequences of their own illegal acts. Only people who are currently in vogue with the elites of the left — in the media, in politics and in academia.
[…] The police are the last line of defense against barbarism, but they are equipped only to handle that minority who are not stopped by the first lines of defense, beginning with the moral principles taught at home and upheld by families, schools, and communities.
But if everyone takes the path of least resistance — if politicians pander to particular constituencies and judges give only wrist slaps to particular groups or mobs that are currently in vogue, and educators indoctrinate their students with “nonjudgmental” attitudes — then the moral infrastructure corrodes and crumbles.
They’re revving up for round two.
An Egypt-styled “Arab Spring,” which has put radicals in charge of the government, will be launched in the United States this spring with a war on “corporate power, Wall Street greed and the political corruption of the 1 percent,” according to the group headed by former Obama green aide Van Jones.
“They’re really not going to like the 99 percent Spring,” said Rebuild the Dream in an organizing email Friday.
Comparing the collection of protests last year that are symbolized by the 99 percent campaign and Occupy movement, to those of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., the group said that “we were all inspired by the protesters of the Arab Spring who stood up to totalitarian governments, and inspired the Occupy movement here in America.”
The plan for now is to hold protest training sessions around the nation next week. Over 900 are scheduled so far.
Once ready, the group and dozens of others, notably MoveOn.org and labor unions, will launch the “99 Percent Spring” offensive against government and financial centers.
Ron Radosh describes at PJ Media a segment on MSNBC which revealed the training “Occupy” activists were undergoing in preparation for an “Arab Spring” type revolt this spring:
Called “the 99 percent go to spring training,” the segment revealed a massive plan led by Van Jones to train over 100,000 young people to engage in acts of massive civil disobedience throughout the country. It was a television version of The Nation’s April 2nd issue, devoted to different scenarios for reviving the OWS movement. The introductoryarticle by Richard Kim, the magazine’s executive editor, outlined the possibilities. Kim writes:
Occupy’s working groups are as busy as they were in the fall. Occupy Our Homes has resisted foreclosures and evictions in dozens of cities across the country. Occupy the SEC filed a public comment on the Volcker Rule urging regulators to strengthen this aspect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. Other groups have been hard at work on issues ranging from student debt to alternative banking to worker-owned cooperatives. Meanwhile, protests—against police brutality; against corporations like Bank of America, Pfizer and Walmart; against budget cuts; and against institutions like the Whitney Museum—have continued at an almost frenetic pace. Organizers have also been using the winter to incubate grander plans, among them a May 1 Day of Action that may turn into a call for a nationwide general strike and proposals to occupy corporate shareholder meetings, the NATO summit in Chicago, and the Democratic and Republican conventions at the end of the summer.
The solitary conservative on the panel, Josh Barro, raised the obvious point. When Martin Luther King, Jr. engaged in mobilization for peaceful civil disobedience, he was doing so against states in our own union that deprived African-Americans of basic civil rights, enforced segregation, and embarrassed the United States throughout the world. By juxtaposing the peaceful protest of non-violent citizens with the police state tactics of Southern police in highly segregated states, he brought pressure on Congress to act on behalf of all the people, not just Southern whites who benefited from segregation. He exposed the hypocrisy which revealed that the principles embedded in the Constitution were not enjoyed by African-Americans a century after the end of the Civil War.
What such principles are being violated by the Whitney Museum, the Pfizer company, Wal-Mart, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the political conventions of the Democratic and Republican parties? Yes, we know the answer: they are all either basic institutions of our democratic system — or corporations, which, by the Left’s definition, are inherently evil and oppressive institutions. As two of The Nation writers candidlyexplain the real goal: “the heart of the movement desires a different society.” That goal, although they do not name it as they used to in the old days, is revolutionary socialism, or the creation of Communism as the real agenda of the movement.
Supporting mob frenzies and civil unrest is not leadership. History teaches us it’s the kind of behavior that dictators encourage in order to grab more power. Real leaders aren’t interested in fomenting this kind of unlawful behavior.
In another historic first, President Obama’s backers are actively whipping up mobs. Not just the Occupoopers of Wall Street, but also Twitter mobs, Facebook mobs, and flash mobs.
Every active conservative should spend some time on social media sites to see liberals whipping each other into a frenzy. Know your enemy — and if you don’t like the word “enemy” (I don’t), consider what Saul Alinsky calls you. You may not consider yourself their enemy, but that’s how they think about you. Ignore it at your peril.
The Obama campaign loves to boast about its use of Facebook and Twitter to push The One over the top last time. With Facebook claiming 700 million members, the potential for political mayhem is huge.
This is David Axelrod’s specialty of astroturfing. Obama has become O’mobba: he is the first president in history to give his official public blessing to “idealistic” anti-capitalist mobs.
There is no doubt that these organized “spontaneous” mobs will be used in the election campaign. Be prepared to face nasty, vicious lowbrow mobs with iPhones and iPads.
The poopers last week dumped a tub full of their diapers’ products in a Chase ATM vestibule in Lower Manhattan. They have finally discovered their bottom line.
They are now talking about the revolutionary necessity for violence. An Occumobster from Austin, TX recently wrote to USA Today promising to “take up … guns and storm Wall Street and our nation’s capitals.” Don’t doubt that this is a deliberate, purposeful campaign, designed to frighten and dehumanize normal people (like Tea Party members) in order to keep the radical left in power.
How does it get more radical than attacking law enforcement, using children as human shields, destroying private property and crapping on cop cars?
Here come the Bolshevik wannabes.
Lee Stranahan reports that the violence is all part of Occupy’s ‘business plan’:
The Occupy Movement sprung back into public view last night the only way they knew how–by staging a violent clash with police on the streets. Like a spoiled child who has learned that throwing a temper tantrum is the only way to get attention, the movement used the confluence of the six-month anniversary of the start of Occupy Wall Street and the intoxicated party atmosphere of St. Patrick’s Day to launch an attempted re-taking of Zuccotti Park. The move was predictable because Occupy had openly discussed a few weeks ago that they needed more ‘direct actions’ as way to refill their dwindling financial coffers.
Just as predictable as the chaos. however, was the reaction of the media. Take the politically active Buzzfeed, where the article title tells you what you need to know: Occupy Arrests Are Good News For The Movement.
The clash last night between New York police and members of Occupy Wall Street was the best thing to happen to the protest movement in months.
The flagship New York branch of the leaderless movement attempted to re-occupy Zuccotti Park last night to mark the movement’s six-month anniversary. Police arrested 73 people as they removed protesters from the park, which is owned by a local real estate company.
The movement, left for dead by the press for months, is back in the news and on Twitter today. Protesters have been staging direct actions all winter but none have made headlines outside of advocacy journalism outlets until now. And that’s because last night resulted in dramatic photos and a considerable number of arrests — the kind of outcome that, as loath as most protesters are to admit it, is more likely to get them covered by reporters than a protest involving putting living room furniture in a bank branch, for example. And more media attention means an uptick in energy for the protesters, and vice versa.
“I think the past week the energy has been consistently ramping up,” said organizer Max Berger.
Of course, these latest clashes were completely predictable to anyone paying attention to Occupy because they said they needed to do them to raise funds.
1. LOCALIZE: Move Protest into neighborhoods and schools.
“What people have been figuring out how to do is to move the protest into the neighborhoods, into the workplaces, into the schools.” ~Piven
2. OCCUPY FORECLOSED HOMES AND FACTORIES: Broaden agenda to those most affected by the economic collapse.
“I think, in the end, it may turn out that evicting the occupations was the precipitant of expanding the movement, because the movement’s agenda has broadened, and they’re now experimenting with reoccupying foreclosed homes, for example, with ways of rallying to the defense of workers who are locked out or on strike.”~Piven
3. RECRUIT YOUTH: Use the Universities and Professors as spearheads of Recruitment to broaden movement.
“And with the spring, I think there’s going to be a lot of protest in the universities and the colleges. Young people are very responsive to the appeals of Occupy, to their cultural style.”~Piven
4. ORGANIZE WITH LABOR: Further integration between Occupy and the traditional Unions, teamsters and community organizing, leftist organizations.
“And I think it’s part of how we think about combining the horizontal energy and vision and passion of Occupy with the more vertical traditional community- and labor-based groups. And when the two of them meet, we’ll get the combustion of saying Wall Street is drowning the country, and they’re doing it in neighborhoods and communities all over.”~Lerner
>5. OCCUPY DEMOCRATS: Specifically target the DNC convention, being held at Bank Of America Arena, to make a point that this is not a partisan movement. In spite of the fact that scores of Democrats have praised the Occupy movement, including President Obama.
“And occupiers and community groups and environmentalists and people from all over the country are going to be coming to Charlotte. And in a way, I think we can think about it as the first convention.”~Lerner
6. BUY STOCK: An example is given by Learner of “a lot of people” buying shares of Bank Of America and taking their shares to the annual shareholders meetings in San Francisco to vote on new polices for the company. This is named The Confront Corporate Power Movement.
“Bank of America shares were recently down to $5, so a lot of people have bought stock and are planning to go to that meeting and try to be citizen shareholder—taxpayer shareholders, and have a say.”~Lerner
The intro was done by Andrew Breitbart himself, shortly before his death:
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Breitbart.com has received exclusive tape of an Occupy Strategy Session at New York University, billed as a group talk on “The Abolition of Capitalism.” One of the headline speakers at this session was Stephen Lerner, former leader and International Board Member of the SEIU and frequent Obama White House visitor. Lerner argued in favor of people not paying their mortgages and “occupying” their homes; he spoke in favor of invading annual shareholders meetings to shut them down. But his big goal was to get workers to shut down their workplaces. That’s where the SEIU agenda and the Occupy agenda truly meet: once workers begin to occupy.
These anti-capitalist activists – many of which hold prominent and powerful positions within unions and higher education – openly admit that democracy cannot coexist with capitalism, and they’re right. Free markets require individual liberty, which is the antithesis of tyranny by majority vote. That’s why they want to destroy what’s left of America’s free market system (much has already been socialized).
Our founders gave us a constitutional republic based on the rule of law instead of simple majority vote for this very reason. They knew from history that democracy inevitably dissolved into anarchy and finally totalitarianism.
What the Left in America wants is nothing less than the destruction of our free market, liberty-oriented constitutional republic and the establishment of a new socialist economy and system of government.
They cry openly for the overthrow and takeover of our nation. If this isn’t treason, what is?
Remember when Tea Partiers demanded concentration camps and executions for their opponents? Yeah, me neither.
But in the twisted mind of the leftist media, THESE nut-jobs are “peaceful,” while the Tea Party’s “violent rhetoric” is somehow responsible for a schizophrenic gunman’s shooting rampage. You know…’cause calling for lower taxes, fiscal responsibility and limited constitutional government is so “vitriolic.”
This is a protest that happened a couple days ago in Phoenix but it’s part of a, supposedly, nationwide protest in which Occupiers focus on ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. You can read background on the group here. Essentially they’re a bunch of conservative state legislators that get together to push federalism and free markets. Sounds like the Occupiers have some kangaroo trials in mind for ALEC members followed by re-education via hard labor.
All ALEC CEO’s will do manual labor rebuilding any and all ecosystems the corporations have destroyed. They will serve one month for every dollar spent on lobbying during their tenure.
Haven’t we seen this sort of thing play out before in other communist nations? I think we have in China, in Cambodia, in North Korea and in Russia. But of course no one in the MSM will report on the extremist nature of this movement. They won’t even dare to call these folks anti-capitalist. That needs to change.
Dateline Portland Oregon – March 2, 2012: In what was apparently a blatant advocation of violent class warfare, Occupy Portland staged mock executions of corporate executives today. The event was broadcast live by Occupy PDX. ”Excutives,” dressed as zombies, wore signs associating them with Chase Bank, BP, Fox News, and other corporations. [For the record Occupy claims they were Corporations being shot, not people. Riiiiiiiiiight.] The “Executive Zombies” terrorized the the Pioneer Square Mall and Nordstroms Department store, obviously disrupting commerce. Shoppers and passers by were confused and visibly shaken as the occupiers yelled: ”Need more sweat shops!,” “F**king Idiot!” “Get a job a**hole!” “Corporations will f**k you!,” “Get their money!” and “Give us your money!” Children can be seen in the scenes where the expletives are yelled. Nordstroms’ store security had to be called to escort the Occupiers to the door. ”Come back and I’ll call the police” warned security.
The mock executives were fake assaulted by “Occupy Hunters” including children in Guy Fawkes Masks carrying fake guns. Some of the executives were tackled to the ground. Others were beat on with fists by the “Occupy Hunters” some wearing anarchist gear. At the climax of the event, executives were actually lined up and “shot” using fake weapons. The occupiers also used Silly String for the mock executions. Warnings by security not to use Silly String in the square were ignored by the Occupiers. ”Oh he shot that one in the face!” laughed the Occupy PDX Live feed reporter gleefully, barely able to contain herself as one executive fell to the ground.
On Wednesday, Feb 29th, Occupy Portland held a rally called “F29″ to “Shut Down The Corporations.” They refused to obtain a permit or release a map of the route they intended to take.
Laughing At Liberals filmed the preparations days before at Portland State University, where protesters and student groups like the International Socialist Organization were given free space to make signs and organize the event:
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The morning of the rally began with the anarchist faction smashing the windows of a US Bank:
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Laughing At Liberals exposed the hypocrisy of Occupiers protesting corporations while wearing and using items made by the corporations they claim to hate:
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The hypocrisy continued here:
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Here you can see all the communist flags and Marxist slogans that reveal the true ideology behind Occupy and the revolution they demand:
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BareItOrBearIt caught one protester harassing a KGW News crew:
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Here protesters interfere with police horses:
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When officers tried to keep the street clear, protesters swarmed a patrol car and harassed the mounted officers:
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And here they are putting stickers all over parked police cars:
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Across the nation, many states are going bankrupt trying fulfill promises to public workers that are unsustainable, and that politicians KNEW were unsustainable when they made them (they knew that the bill wouldn’t come due until they were personally out of office and left the fallout for us to deal with). This has become all the more apparent in the past three years as continued recession, massive debt and unsustainable government spending have brought the issue front and center nationwide. The stark reality is that most governments from the local to federal level are flat out BROKE, and taxpayers can’t afford to meet public union demands any longer. Something has to give.
Courageous Gov. Walker of Wisconsin was one of the first to try and broker a realistic deal with the unions in his state, but they wouldn’t have it. They fought tooth and nail because they’re terrified of that other states who are swimming in debt and unsustainable demands will finally get the courage to face reality and tell the unions “no.” Gov. Christie in New Jersey has faced similar opposition.
In California, the state is deeply in the red, and many workers are legally forced to join and fund the unions that are bankrupting their state. The California “Paycheck Protection” Initiative is designed to prevent unions from using the government to automatically deduct dues from worker’s paychecks and give workers a choice.
Unions in California are determined to defeat this initiative because they know that it could threaten their confiscatory revenue stream and with it, their iron grip on the state’s budget. The intimidation tactics have already started:
The California State University Employees Union is encouraging its members to intimidate people who are gathering signatures for a so-called “Paycheck Protection Initiative” that would limit the ability of unions to use automatic payroll deductions to gain political contributions from their members. […]
These tactics clearly are designed to scare people away from signing petitions by using bullying techniques that could become confrontational and even violent. They certainly are meant to keep people from exercising their political rights and are tactics that would not be tolerated if they came from organizations on the political right.
A similar idea was tried in Oregon in 2008 but was smashed by union resistance.
The SEIU, AFL-CIO, UAW, and other unions know that they can’t survive without compulsory union dues taken automatically from worker’s paychecks. They don’t have enough people who are willing to voluntarily support them any longer. They are overwhelmingly dependent on coercion: both forced unionization and forced union dues.
The politicians they support are dependent on member dues being funneled into political contributions for candidates and causes that workers have little to no say over. In fact, the future of the Democratic party is largely dependent on union contributions, the loss of which would critically cripple their political machine. This is a fight for mutual survival.
Obama used the National Labor Relations Board to institute the “card check” system that couldn’t get passed through congress, which eliminates secret ballot elections and allows unions to organize an entire workforce with only a fraction of the workers turning in signed cards, or even being aware that an election was happening. This allows the unions to begin deducting forced dues before many workers even realize that they’ve even been unionized.
Late last month, union representatives visited night shift workers at group homes under false pretenses, urging employees to sign a survey they were told was for Fellowship, Dziobek said.
He claims that the papers were actually union authorization cards.
The union needs to get at least 30 percent of employees to sign authorization cards for the labor board to authorize a vote on whether to unionize, Dziobek said.
“What I take exception to is the tactics,” he said. A staff person at a group living program in Eastham turned union representatives away at 9 p.m. but they came back at 12:30 a.m. and left only after the staffer threatened to call the police, he said.
Fellowship employees also have complained about being visited three or four times at home by union representatives, Dziobek said. “Staff are pretty upset,” he said. They are asking, “How did they get my personal cell phone number?“
How did the union bosses get non-union workers’ phone numbers and home addresses?
Obama’s NLRB changed the rules to require employers to turn over their employees’ personal information to union bosses, so that organizers could hound them into unionizing:
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In 2008, Obama promised union thugs he would ‘paint the nation purple with SEIU’:
No wonder they love him. They’re truly dependent on his reelection to boost their ranks and keep the cash flowing, or they won’t survive. They’re willing to do almost anything – legal or not – to make sure he wins and that legislation or ballot measures that threaten their gravy train are stopped.
In January, Obama made three illegal appointments to the NLRB, circumventing background checks and the Senate confirmation process in order to hide his radical union agenda. Their job is to shore up union support for Obama in 2012 by any means necessary – including forced unionization to increase membership and forced dues which can be funneled into contributions for his campaign.
The unions are virulently opposed to the Tea Party, knowing that if we succeed in lowering taxes, shrinking government and implementing fiscal responsibility, there will be fewer cushy benefits and government workers to keep them in power. Union thugs have been repeatedly caught on camera intimidating and even physically assaulting Tea Partiers.
They are the key organizers and funders behind the Occupy Wall Street protests, knowing that raising taxes on “the rich” is the only thing that will feed their voracious appetite at the taxpayer trough – at least until those individuals and businesses are driven offshore or bankrupted like so many before them.
Last March, an Service Employees International Union (SEIU) official named Stephen Lerner was caught on tape outlining a “secret plan to destroy JP Morgan, crash the stock market, and redistribute wealth in America.” After the snafu, SEIU claimed that Lerner had been dismissed – but he wasn’t. Lerner still works there and attends executive board meetings.
Here he is at a SEIU meeting “Getting Ready To Terrify D.C.”:
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At a “Future of the Unions” roundtable in April 2011, AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka was filmed boasting, “Forget about the law! We’re looking at new types of organizing…” Then SEIU, the same union thugs who tried to intimidate citizens at townhall meetings during the Obamacare debate, organized street mobs to intimidate bankers, burst into an Ohio restaurant and harrassed workers to confront Republican senators who were eating dinner, and started planning a nationwide, Madison-style, class warfare protest movement.
That movement became Occupy Wall Street, and they are planning an all-out class war offensive in the spring, an organized taxpayer shakedown the likes of which we’ve never seen.
Buckle up. This is going to be a bumpy ride.