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Tony is now a contributor to TownHall.com. This article originally posted there.
The anti-war protests of the 60′s, which gave birth to the hippie movement, taught future generations of protesters the concept of the enemy as “The Man.” The Man, in general, is the person, group of people or entity with power – economic, political, or both. The protesters are the people, angry with the power entity for corrupt, dangerous, or disingenuous or otherwise disagreeable behavior.
So, when Occupy Wall Street – and their blind allegiance minions – took to the streets in New York, they merely filled in the blanks in the protest template. Like a game of Mad Libs, the veracity of their statements was irrelevant. They (the people) were opposed to the crooked dealings between Wall Street (banking industry) and Government (see Republicans, because when the OWS crowd realizes that Obama is just a shill for Wall Street they will crap their pants, not police cars!)
They are protesting the bailouts, the way Wall Street puts profits ahead of people (a still unprovable thesis) and how they manipulate money to keep rich people rich and poor people poor (a still unprovable thesis.)
Protesting bank bailouts is fine. It is also smart. Most Americans view bailouts in general unfavorably. Why is it that government is in the game of picking winners and losers? So-called “winners” aren’t always – or ever – the most solvent, smartest, best-for-the-people investments; just look at Solyndra! The free market should be the only factor to determine whether a business succeeds or fails – not government. Government involvement in these decisions is just wrong. This is the Tea Party thesis, and has been advocated by the millions of Tea Party members across the nation for over two years.
Who is backing Occupy Wall Street? We’ve seen the outpouring of support from Leftist Hollywood -Michael Moore , Roseanne Barr, Susan Sarandon have all shown their love for the movement. A basic Google search of “hollywood supports occupy wall street” brings an article that has even moreHollywood people – Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Yoko Ono, Penn Bagdley, Alec Baldwin and music mogul Russell Simmons – supporting the cause of viciously attacks on those who work on Wall Street (and increasingly, Main Street) by those who don’t work at all. (The very next article highlighted that George Clooney also supports OWS, just proving that there is no lack of star-power support.)
Who else supports OWS? Democrats who desperately want to be integral to the movement. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently stated, “Well,I support the message to the establishment – whether it’s Wall Street or the political establishment and the rest – that change has to happen.” She also stated, “God bless them….it’s young….it’s spontaneous.” Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) supports the OWS crowd(even though he was not allowed to speak at a OWS rally in Atlanta).
President Obama has voiced – clearly – his support for OWS, stating:
“The protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works…”
Support of Hollywood? Support of leaders in Washington? Support of the Democratic Party? Support of the President? That is The Man – and The Man loves Occupy Wall Street! The protesters aren’t fighting The Man (or the system,) they are legitimizing it. They are allowing themselves to be co-opted by the forces that make, in their eyes, too many decisions. The controlling forces of Hollywood and government – both of whom are financed by the banking industry! – are now working hard to control Occupy Wall Street, and OWS is more than happy to let them in (with the notable exception of Rep. Lewis….racism, anyone?)
While the protesters in Manhattan, Los Angeles and other cities may think they are fighting The Man, the truth is they are in love with The Man, and The Man is in love with them. Their protest isn’t a protest, then, but rather a needed vehicle of the Democrat party and the Progressive movement to bring some excitement to a political party and a political ideology that has been cast aside by Americans in the run up to the 2012 elections. Maybe one day they’ll realize this, and then be able to answer the question – why are you here?
Until then, the protesters and The Man are in mad crazy love. They are registered at the local Apple store, because some corporations are still ok by (most of) them. A wedding date hasn’t been confirmed.
On Tuesday, October 4th, Tony Katz – host of The Tony Katz Radio Show – joined Sean Hannity on his show on FOX News Channel as part of The Great American Panel. Joining Tony are Deirdre Imus and New York State Senator Greg Ball (R). The panel talks about the Hank Williams controversy, and the real story behind the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The Hank Williams comments have created “controversy,” with two articles addressing Tony’s comments here and here. More grasping at straws than anything concrete. Amazingly – but not surprisingly – no comments on his accurate assessment that the Occupy Wall Street movement has the same vision as the Black Panthers.
I have a piece on the 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters that blocked the Brooklyn Bridge which
should be published soon is now up on TownHall.com. In the meantime, OWS has just put out their “Proposed List of Demands” for the OWS movement. The list can be found here, but the bullet points are:
…restoration of the living wage…single payer health care that bans private insurance…guaranteed income regardless of employment…free college education…end the fossil fuel economy while stimulating the green fuel economy…spend $1T on infrastructure…another $1T on planting trees…open borders migration…total debt forgiveness (personal and national) worldwide…
When I read the list, I immediately thought of another group’s list of demands. It is the Black Panther’s Ten Point Plan. The list is eerily similar, and includes:
…full employment for “our” people…free housing…free healthcare for all “black and oppressed people”…
The coup de grace is Point 10, where the Black Panthers state:
We want Land, Bread, Housing Education, Clothing Justice, Peace and People’s Community Control of Modern Technology
They are, in far too many ways, the same list of demands. It can now be said clearly, based solely on the evidence in front of us, that those associated with Occupy Wall Street are Communists, or at the very least Communists-in-Training. No wonder Van Jones is so supportive of them.
The list of demands from both groups is as ignorant as it is impossible. These are not the thoughts of sensible people, trying to show the world that we can no longer continue politics as usual, with uncontrolled spending and crony capitalism. These are petulant children who have no understanding of the real world, and whom (by their admission of their desires) believe that money grows on trees and hold valueless the concept of work and reward, and the rule of law.
Like Communism, this “movement” is doomed to fail. Like Reagan, we have to make sure it does.
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Tony brings the latest news and information of the day, and teases his special announcement for Friday
Over the weekend, businessman and presidential candidate Herman Cain won the Florida Straw Poll with a very convincing 37% of the vote. He more than doubled his nearest challenger, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and third place finisher, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Quickly, all the usual suspects weighed in on the significance of Cain’s victory. Much of the commentary focused on race. That GOP delegates in order to prove the party (and the Tea Party) isn’t racist, pushed Cain over the top.
Wrong. Is the establishment GOP really that interested in proving to a hate-filled Progressive minority that they are good people who should be liked? Are there members of the Tea Party who actually believe that Sen. Boxer, Sen. Schumer, Michael Moore, Janeane Garofalo, Rep. Frank or others will like them because they voted for a black man?
Cain’s strong win in the straw poll is not about race, it’s about Cain!
Cain offers specific solutions. His “999″ Plan has taken hold; he is serious about reducing taxes. They see this in the shadow of President Obama’s $1.5 Trillion tax increase, and his continued attacks on productive society.
People have been leery – disgusted! – with Obamacare. They have heard all the talk about the need to repeal, or at the very least, to defund Obamacare. The personal story of Cain’s fight with Stage 4 colon cancer hit home with voters. They can visualize what their lives will be like under socialized medicine. Cain is alive because of an unencumbured health care system, where patients and doctors work towards success. Cain is clear: He would be dead under Obamacare. America was listening.
There have been some who have used Cain’s victory to combat the ignorant words of actor Morgan Freeman. On Piers Morgan’s show on CNN, Morgan stated:
FREEMAN: Look at, look, the Tea Partiers…Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What’s, what does that, what underlines that? “Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here”
(PIERS) MORGAN: But is that necessarily a racist thing?
FREEMAN: It is a racist thing.
Why would Republicans or members of the Tea Party think it necessary to vindicate themselves from the words of Freeman, who did nothing more than reiterate the tired Racer meme popularized by Garofalo and Keith Olbermann? When Cain was asked for his response to Freeman’s accusations, Cain pointed out the problem with Morgan’s statement:
“Most of the people that are criticizing the Tea Partiers about having a racist element, they have never been to a Tea Party…Name calling is something that is going to continue in this because they don’t know how to stop this movement and this movement is making a big difference in politics…”
Cain didn’t mention his race. He didn’t mention being black. He didn’t mention his skin color. Cain did what Cain does: He focused on the statement, gave a thoughtful, straightforward analysis and moved on.
It is this candid, direct approach that is attractive to the American people. Cain doesn’t make excuses; he proposes solutions. He admits his mistakes, talks about what he is learning and focuses on giving America a clear set of rules, policies and procedures. Cain does what Obama can not; walking the walk after talking the talk.
If there is anything to take from Cain’s impressive victory in the Florida Straw Poll, its that the mainstream media will not be deciding who the GOP candidate is. The idea that America’s choices are reduced to Mitt Romney or Rick Perry are over. Herman Cain has joined the top tier, and he got there with hard work, an engaging personality and a great message. How long he stays there is up to Cain and the voters, not the MSM.
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Tony blasts Gov. Bev Perdue (D-NC) and former OMB director Peter Orszag on their attacks on Democracy, but reminds everyone that they are just taking their cues from President Obama.
Recently, scientists at the CERN labratory stumbled upon something so simply remarkable that they had to test, double check, and retest themselves. When they realized it was happening, they opened up their findings to the world:
You can go faster than the speed of light.
Researchers were sending Neutrinos – sub-atomic particles – on a 730+km ride from Geneva to the Gran Sasso underground laboratory in Italy. They noticed that the neutrinos were arriving ahead of schedule. It was only fractions of a second, but this is the world of physics!, and every nano-second counts. This is Einstein’s world – Albert Einstein – who theorized over 100 years ago that nothing could travely faster than light in a vacuum; a speed of 186,282 miles per hour.
The implications are overwhelming, even to those of us who are not physicists, or had to double check to see if I spelled physicist properly. Einstein won the Nobel Prize for his contributions to the field of Physics, though not for his Theory of Relativity. However, that is how we know him. All of us know him. We call smart kids “Einsteins.” There is a kids cartoon show called “Little Einsteins.” He has, in American culture, been cannonized. And its possible that he is wrong!
Ain’t science great? Over 100 years of a theory, used as the basis for physicists all around the world, and – by chance! – a subatomic particle on its way to Italy can possibly prove him wrong. Possibly, because the scientific community is going to be studying this data for a long time. There will be experimentation, there will be arguments, there will be calls for more studies and more experimentation, and, certainly, many more arguments. Jenny Thomas of University College London, stated:
The impact of this measurement, were it to be correct, would be huge. In fact it would overturn everything we thought we understood about relativity and the speed of light…
If one Albert can be wrong, why not two? For years now, former US Vice President Al Gore has been pushing the thesis of anthroprogenic (man-made) global warning. He has made movies about his thesis – An Inconvenient Truth. It won an Oscar. His thoughts on global warming have won him a Nobel Prize (for Peace, not science.)
Gore’s thesis has not been a part of American thought for a century…it’s existed for about 10 years (figuring he wasn’t aggressive about his ideas until after he was out of elected office.) Yet many scientists took to it as if it was oxygen. It was a must-have. It was conclusive. At a 2009 conference presented by the Wall Street Journal, when confronted by environmental skeptic Bjorn Lomberg about the validity of global warming, Gore stated clearly:
The scientific community has gone through this chapter and verse. We have long since passed the time when we should pretend this is a ‘on the one hand, on the other hand’ issue…It’s not a matter of theory or conjecture, for goodness sake…
Neither was the Theory of Relativity, until a mid September day when a neutrino did what was supposed to be – quite literally – impossible. The science of global warming is already in huge dispute. The emails discovered from East Anglia University were so damning that the controversy was renamed Climategate. Those emails, according to the article’s author James Deliingpole “…suggest Conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more.”
Yet, those who argue the existing science, or even argue that the scientific community hasn’t gone through this “chapter and verse,” are vilified in the press, by the United Nations, by the ever-violent environmental movement. The Discovery Building in Silver Spring, MD was taken hostage by a man who wanted more content covering global warming (he also referred to human babies as “parasitic!”) Green organization 1010global.org, in a slickly produced video on YouTube asked school kids to lower their carbon footprint by 10%. Those that chose not to were blown up in the video!
I’m not a scientist, yet I understand that scientists pride themselves on pushing the envelope. Science doesn’t have politics, it has an answer. And that answer is only good until someone comes along with a better answer. Einstein has reigned supreme for over 100 years, and only now is there the possibility of a more complete understanding of the universe. Gore is no Einstein, and no one will ever proudly proclaim that their child is a “little Gore.” The discovery in CERN and Gran Sasso only continues to prove that Gore, and his fundamentalist cronies in the Church of Environmentalism, don’t care about science, its methods or its realities.