In some ways, they’re not that different from some of the protests that we saw coming from the Tea Party...mr. president, weasel words though those may be, the differences are obvious to any thinking person of principle.
None of the following citations demonstrate that all supporters of the #Occupy movement - whatever that actually means - are anti-semites, favor arson, think rape is a private matter for one consenting individual or feel compelled to perform public genital manipulation. It does suggest the #Occupy movement attracts people who not only support those ideas, but live them.
That is; racists, felons, and violent perverts are comfortable hanging out in the socio-political environment #Occupy has created. That #Occupy can be perceived as anarchist might explain some of this. Living in their various #Obamavilles, they constitute a target rich environment for criminals of all sorts.
Yet they discourage reporting crimes - rape, for example - so that their "movement" may not be sullied. This, while they ask the government to take more power, to suspend the rule of law, to arbitrarily dissolve specific contracts in their favor.
I detect hypocrisy, naivete and quite a bit of Alinskyite manipulation. #Occupy, insofar as they have any clearly stated goals, may reasonably be called fascists or communists or, more generally - totalitarians or statists. They think that Wall Street is the problem, not the general government's considered and deliberate collusion with Fannie, Freddie, GM, Solyndra, General Electric, etc., etc. and etc..
Occupy's mainstream message is most definitely not anarchism. It is statism. They want government to be larger and more intrusive: As long as it does what they want it to do.
Philosophically speaking, this strange and chaotic bonding of the extreme right with the extreme left has nothing in common with the tea party. The fundamental difference is this: How much intervention from the general government is desirable? #Occupy says "None." and they say "All."
There are some moderates who stand between the extremes of the motley crew of anarchists and the rigid collective of statists who compose #Occupy. That would be the tea party movement. Here are the examples:
I recall no arson committed by tea partiers.
Occupy Protester Arrested In $10M Arson Fire
No embassies were occupied by tea partiers. In particular, none with connotations of religious or racial discrimination. Did any tea party ever occupy a mosque, chanting about Palestinian terrorists, for example?
Occupy Boston Occupies Israeli Consulate
I can't remember when tea partiers shut down a major port, nor then went on a smash and grab frenzy.
80 arrested at Occupy Oakland event Wednesday
No tea partier pushed a 78 year old women down some stairs. among other crimes:
Occupy protest turns violent outside Washington Convention Center
The tea party never had an incident reminiscent of Lara Logan's ordeal in Tahrir Square.
‘F– Michelle Fields!’ — Interview With Reporter Harassed at Occupy DC Protest
The tea partiers displayed normal impulse control and a clear grasp of what the word 'decency' means. The OWS folks are experiencing some difficulties with that. In their own words:
We need a JO Tent to protect the women - Occupy Wallstreet
It's not just the Wall Street occupiers who find public masturbation attractive.
Permit denied for Occupy Madison due to public masturbation
Women did not have to be segregated "for their own good" at tea party protests. For OWS, a private tent for masturbation may be necessary, but it is not sufficient. They also must have a tent where they can herd the women away from rapists.
Occupy Wall Street builds tent as 'safe house' to protect female protesters
I am waiting for NOW to comment on this.
#OccupyBaltimore Discourages Sexual Assault Victims From Contacting Police, Offers Counseling for Perpetrators
Someone of a cynical bent might point out that Joe Biden's prediction that rapes would increase if the president's "jobs" bill doesn't pass is coming true. Not precisely how he expected, of course. I'm sure he thought they'd be reported to the police.