I have run out of adjectives to describe the Occupy Whatever movement. They are a collection of uncontrollable mobs filled with violent criminals, rich kids overflowing with whiny entitlement and very little wisdom, and professional agitators,
One of their more popular chants is “This is what democracy looks like”. Well, their version of democracy is exactly what our Founders wanted to prevent when they eschewed direct democracy: rule of the violent mob.
Most of the footage for that video, from what I can tell, was taken during the Defending the Dream summit, put on by Americans for Prosperity. Stacy McCain was at the summit and got video of the assault on the DC Convention Center (you can see all of Stacy’s summit coverage here). What you’ll see, basically, is a mob of people trying to prevent peaceful American citizens from leaving the convention center with children as human barricades. They surrounded an unsuspecting couple who were trying to smoke a quick cigarette outside, interfered with traffic around the event, and eventually turned to harass a reporter from the Daily Caller while she attempted to report from the scene of the protest. That reporter, Michelle Fields, has asked her employer not to assign her to cover any more of the DC protests because she (rightfully, IMO) fears for her safety. In other footage, the OWS cretins attacked a wheelchair-bound old woman in their zeal to stick it to the rich fat cats who run the government in Washington.
So, let’s sum up. Occupy DC protestors did not protest the White House, the Capitol, or the K Street lobbying firms. Instead, they went out of their way to protest a small conservative dinner. While they were there, they put young children in danger, ticked off residents of the city who were just trying to go about their business, threatened and intimidated a reporter, injured at least one elderly woman, and physically threatened several other people.
Here is the real question, though. We have been told repeatedly that these Occupy Whatever protests are non-partisan and spontaneous expressions of righteous rage by “the 99 percent”. But if that’s true, why did Occupy DC choose to protest a conservative dinner that 99 percent of the residents of DC didn’t even know was happening? The DC Convention Center is many blocks from McPherson Square, the “staging area” for Occupy DC. In fact, the White House is about half the distance away and K Street is, well, right there. Odd, don’t you think?
It’s not so odd, though, once you know that at least four different federal employees’ unions have thrown their vast political power and wealth behind Occupy DC. Make no mistake, folks, Occupy Whatever isn’t some spontaneous grassroots gathering of political newbies intent on making their voices heard. They are a mob, backed to the hilt by the Democratic Party and whipped up by professionals and career malcontents.
And their mayhem is not yet done.
UPDATE: Stacy’s full account of his evening with the Occupy Whatever goons is now up at the American Spectator’s site.