Al Gore whined predictably. “With democracy in crisis, a true grassroots movement pointing out the flaws in our system is the first step in the right direction,” said the world’s preeminent global warming charlatan. Of course Democrats only complain that democracy is in crisis when they’re down in the polls.
The media and the left end of the think tank world are also pushing the movement’s socialist propaganda.
The New York Times and media outlets across the country hang on every word from every absurd and anti-American pronouncement issued by Occupy Wall Street and its supporters. James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal points out that Jim Roberts, the New York Times’s assistant managing editor, seemed to signal approval of a radical revisionist interpretation of the Boston Tea Party by linking to it via Twitter. (Whether Roberts agreed with the post is almost beside the point, according to Taranto, because it was greatly out of character for Roberts to highlight an item from an aggressive left-wing policy shop.)
The ahistorical post Taranto and Roberts referenced is by Lee Fang, a researcher at the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s Think Progress blog with a penchant for getting basic facts wrong. Like much of the propaganda emanating from the George Soros-funded, John Podesta-run Center for American Progress, Fang’s item is a litany of falsehoods and half-truths.
In the article titled “Top 5 Reasons Why The Occupy Wall Street Protests Embody Values Of The Real Boston Tea Party,” Fang writes that the Occupy Wall Streeters share the same values as the Bostonians of the 1770s because they rail against corporate abuses and use civil disobedience techniques against private corporations.
Of course this is nonsense. In fact the company on the receiving end of American ire in pre-revolutionary days was the tea-importing East India Company, which in a sense is a forerunner of today’s taxpayer-supported “government-sponsored enterprises” or GSEs. Like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the rent-seeking East India Company enjoyed special privileges such as trade monopolies granted by the Crown.
It is true that both Occupy Wall Streeters and the Tea Party today oppose crony capitalism but the similarities end there. The leaders of Occupy Wall Street denounce markets themselves as unfair and demand a radical transformation of American society, while Tea Partiers revere markets and want the government to get out of the business of picking winners and losers.
Occupy Wall Street supporters want the government to control every aspect of Americans’ lives.
Come to think of it, that’s what today’s Democratic Party wants too.
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