Skip to comments.Why "Occupy Wall Street" will hurt liberals
Posted on 10/17/2011 9:04:43 AM PDT by Evil Slayer
(The New Republic) For liberals, who have watched the Tea Party's rise with a mixture of dread, incomprehension, and envy, the Occupy Wall Street protests seem Heaven-sent. Here at last are our ideological shock troops, come to put the undeserving rich in the dock and reclaim populism from government-bashing conservatives.
An elated Paul Krugman cheers on the anti-Wall Street demonstrators for scaring the bejesus out of the plutocracy that supposedly runs America. Nevermind if the protesters are "inept, incoherent and hopelessly quixotic," Eugene Robinson tells us, what matters is that the people finally are rearing up to demand economic justice.
Such euphoria is best understood as a measure of how demoralized liberals have been by the popular reaction to the nation's worst economic crisis since the Depression. They figured Americans would blame Wall Street's near meltdown on greedy speculators and turn to government to keep rogue capitalists in check. The last thing they expected was a genuine grass roots uprising on the right, which leveled its pitchforks at "big government" more than malefactors of great wealth.
Liberals also were nonplussed by how quickly the diffuse and leaderless Tea Parties spread across the landscape, took over the Republican Party during the 2010 elections, and used their victories to wrest the political initiative from President Obama. Now they're hoping that the OWS protests will congeal into a progressive counterweight to the Tea Party that can stop the nation's rightward lurch.
Not likely. The protests don't seem to be swelling into a mass movement. And they're being hijacked by the usual congeries of lefty fringe groups, which are diluting the Occupiers' most compelling message--that America is increasingly a land of unequal opportunity where hard work and self-reliance are no longer rewarded. Most important, though, the counterweight theory itself is flawed.
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What if they gave a protest, and nobody knew why?
I would stay away just because obama and pelosi are screaming in favor of these protests. not to mention they are meaningless anyhow.
The country is heading left at mach 1 and the Tea Party slowed it down to sub mach and that is considered a Rightward Lurch?
"Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see." -- John Lennon
As Jim says (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
FIRED UP: OBAMA SHOUT OUT TO PROTESTERS!
Wet, Wild, Windy Week in Ohio Valley, East Spells Trouble
What now OWSers?
he didn't say THEIR, he said OUR... guess we know where his loyalties are
I see trouble on the horizon. With a capital T.
Flee Party = American Anarchist!
Patriots Waving Flags vs Anarchist Stomping Flags !
From what I have seen of the protests that is exactly what is happening.