Wall Street Protests Turn Into America Protests
The protest rallies that began in New York, with a few hundred people demonstrating on Wall Street, have now spread to more than 1,000 cities across the country. After trying to suppress the movement with heavy hands, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to senses and declared that the Occupy Wall Street protesters will be allowed to "express themselves" so long they do not violate laws. Thank you Mayor, you have set a good example. It is our constitutional right to stage peaceful demonstrations and you deserve credit for the acknowledgement.
The movement named “Occupy Wall Street” began as a protest against corporate greed and unemployment in the middle of September without the advantage of any recognized national leadership. It began as a pure grassroots movement and for the first few weeks main street media totally ignored it. New York police used brute force to subdue the movement. A video went viral on the internet showing a frail looking woman shouting at the top of her voice after police used pepper spray on her eyes. A few other videos showed police using their batons as they were having a field day hitting unarmed people at their mercy. One picture showed a few policemen pressing down a middle aged man with their boots.
The number two House republican Eric cantor called the protesters “The Mob,” while the House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi praised them by saying, "God bless them for their spontaneity.” Cantor said, “Some in Washington have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans,” and accused the Obama administration’s policies of being an “assault on many of our nation's bedrock principles.”
Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain called the Occupy Wall Street Protesters “Un-American, and Anti-Capitalist.” He said, “the protesters shouldn't rally against Wall Street bankers or brokers because they're the ones who create the jobs.” Mr. Cain totally forgot that he would never have the opportunity to say these words as a GOP candidate if it were not for the people who had similarly demonstrated, been beaten, chased by dogs, been sprayed with water cannons, during the Civil Rights movements.
The forerunner among the GOP presidential candidates, Mitt Romney called it “dangerous ... class warfare." Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) called the protesters a “ragtag mob” and “anarchists” on the Laura Ingraham radio show. King said, “The fact is these people are anarchists. They have no idea what they're doing out there. They have no sense of purpose other than a basically anti-American tone and anti-capitalist. It's a ragtag mob basically.” He also agreed with Cain’s comments that the protesters had “no one else to blame for their lot in life.”Continued on the next page