Ignoring and laughing the Occupation movement has failed, so now they’re fighting it. Representative Peter King (yes, the same guy holding those McCarthyesque hearings on “militant” Islam) thinks the crowd at Liberty Park is un-American:
“The fact is these people are anarchists. They have no idea what they’re doing out there,” King told host Laura Ingraham. “They have no sense of purpose other than a basically anti-American tone and anti-capitalist. It’s a ragtag mob basically.”
Criticism from GOPers on the marches has been growing louder and more frequent. Earlier today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor–who is coming to New York City this weekend– called the protesters “a growing mob.”
At least one right-wing operative may have been caught acting as agent provocateur at the Air & Space Museum Saturday, where a number of people were maced. Seattle police are ticketing anyone who honks in support of the Occupation there. Iowa state police arrested citizens trying to occupy the state house. Ugly, racist signage and teabags depending from tricorner hats are fine and all-American, but start protesting bank bailouts and you’re anti-American. See how that works?
These protests have hit a nerve, even among conservatives, because Americans are upset by the lack of jobs and a generational depression of wages. Millions of Americans have slipped out of the middle class; working Americans have slipped into poverty; a giant pyramid scheme has redistributed the wealth upwards. Efforts to reform the system have failed at the interference of the oligarchy, and there is as yet no justice. Gee, why would anyone be angry?
The oligarchy is afraid, and ought to be.