Skip to comments.Obama nod for Occupy Wall Street ("The modern-day equivalent...of the civil rights movement")
Posted on 10/17/2011 12:18:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
He could not resist drawing the obvious parallel. When United States President Barack Obama spoke at the unveiling of a towering, 30-foot sculpture of civil rights leader Martin Luther King on Washington's National Mall, he came as close as he could to endorsing Occupy Wall Street, the modern-day equivalent of the 1960s social movement.
Reflecting on Dr. King's Mahatma Gandhi-inspired belief in non-violent civil disobedience as a means of protest, Mr. Obama said if Dr. King were still alive, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonising all who work there.
He also struck a blow for workers; unions which have watched helplessly as numerous Republican-controlled U.S. states such as Wisconsin have whittled away their collective bargaining rights, for example to set wages. The President said Dr. King would have believed that the businessman can enter tough negotiations with his company's union without vilifying the right to collectively bargain.
The ultimate blow Mr. Obama delivered was of course to his Republican and Tea Party opponents in Congress who have been single-mindedly fixated on the goal of cutting public expenditures even in the worst of the recession.
He threw the gauntlet at those parties saying, He would want us to know we can argue fiercely about the proper size and role of government without questioning each other's love for this country... with the knowledge that in this democracy, government is no distant object but is rather an expression of our common commitments to one another.
But it was the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the challenges it poses to a worsening rich-poor divide in the U.S. that seemed to catch Mr. Obama's imagination the most. Evoking the harsh reality that Dr. King and other leaders of the civil rights movement faced, Mr. Obama reflected on how little things had changed in 43 years. He said, As was true 50 years ago, as has been true throughout human history, those with power and privilege will often decry any call for change as divisive.'
I see it as more of an UNcivil Leftists movement.
Out of the mouth of the worlds greatest pathlocial liar.
I know you've heard me say it before, but permit me again: It's the 2012 equivalent of Obama 2008.
Please note we have gone from “Could Obama be a socialist?”
To a full throated call for socialistic/ communist revolution.
And you're Martin Luther King Jr., right Mr. President?
McCarthy was right and obama should be tried and jailed for sedition and treason.
It's more than a call: the troops have been mustered.
Wake up, America!
Can’t believe they said “obvious parallel”. Maybe because of the leftists that were mixed into the protests of those days?
Fighting for our civil right to shit on cop cars.
I guess it’s the change of seasons, but I suddenly feel a strong desire to kick some hippie ass.
Actually the Tea Party is the closest thing to a civil rights movement we’ve had in a while.
Right, look at the ‘President’ we have!!
Bottom line: Character STILL counts and short cuts DO NOT work!
A not so funny indication that this was coming, was observed at a reunion at my Left-oriented Alma Mater (Oberlin College), this past May, where a Professor in what was the "Government Department," when I was tearing up the campus "Liberals" as an undergraduate, was virtually licking his chops at the prospect for being able to join a 1960s style agitation. This did not just happen!
I realize that some Conservatives, today, like to pretend that the organized "Civil Rights" movement was not on the far Left, but a closer look at the personnel, tactics & demands, will tell a quite different story. All of the Marxist groups, at the time, rallied to the opportunity.
McCarthy was right and obama should be tried and jailed for sedition and treason.
Yep, along with Pelosi, Reid and a long list of others. We the people let these traitors to our constitution go on long enough.
Did you ever think you would live to see the day when the President of the United States would egg on anarchist protesters? When you read things about CW2 and SHTF does it really seem so crazy now?
I’ve noticed that too. I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m wondering if he’s escalating this to a major crisis before the next elections so he can take total control. Scary.
no, MLK belived that EVERYONE should be free, these clowns think EVERYTHING should be free, big difference
Ive never seen a President want to create anarchy like this President wants to. Never seen anything like it in my whole life. What Obama wants is to ensure that NO elections take place in 2012, either that or to destroy this economy completely that way even if he loses in 2012, he still wins. What Obama wants more than anything is to destroy the United States Economic system, to instead turn it into a European style Socialist/Communist model, its what he’s always wanted
I totally agree with you. Obama wants to suspend elections. Why do you think the whole country has been arming up for the past 3 years. People are not that stupid.
Tell me, if you can, what their tactics might look like. How do they plan to get around the fact that the right is much more numerous, better armed and trained? Most of the armed forces, law enforcement and veterans are over on this side of the divide.
So, given the melanin content of the skin of the vast majority of the Fleabaggers, our Dear Reader is saying that it’s past time that Americans of Caucasian descent have the same rights as any other Americans?
Just trying to take him seriously for once. (and it’s not working).
He knows he can’t win..he isn’t THAT stupid..he sees the polls and I bet his internal polling is even worse..A carrot could beat Obama in 2012 so he knows the truth..so he is creating anarchy with this class warfare stuff..he knows the far left kooks in this country will do his bidding no matter what he asks them to do..he wants race riots and he wants to destroy capitalism
Meanwhile, the kind of government they're agit-propping for would give those same cops total immunity and license to dole out a very painful summary punishment to anyone who dared do that to a cop car. Seems like a lot of people have very short memories; the dictatorship of the pro-elite-ariat has to be enforced by "tank diplomacy" (e.g. Tiananmen Square).
Marx in the Parks. Fighting for our civil right to shit on cop cars
It was orchestrated to look that way.
Soros, and yes Obama and other Communists started this, comfortable in the knowledge that the Useful Idiots would come crawling out from under their rocks as soon as the idea was presented.
You see the tactics. It was the same with the agitations for more Government--moving to the Left--in the 1930s. It was the same with the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s & 1960s, including the terribly destructive Immigration Act of 1965. Agitation, nuisance demonstrations, "peaceful" occupations, etc., all punctuated with constant sloganeering--the standard for the Left for centuries--all intended to bend the perceptions of what is right & wrong, fair & unfair.
Of course, if the economics deteriorates to a point where an actual Nazi or Communist type takeover becomes possible, you might look to the German or Soviet model. But the Left has accomplished a great deal--all very unfortunate if you understand how a healthy society works--simply by altering the social & moral perceptions of susceptible elements of the population.
For a contemporary example of the point. You mention the armed forces. I agree with your statement; yet the Administration has now apparently OK'd the oxymoron of "Gay Marriage," for the military! (At least so, it has been reported in a usually reliable source!) Would that have not seemed utterly preposterous even three years ago?
We have too many people relying upon what seems obvious, rather than fully understanding the tactics of those who actually seek to destroy everything we believe in.
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