Protest Peril for Obama

Russ Steele

Our local lefty blogger: 

Do Occupy Wall Street attacks target GOP frontrunner Romney?

Of course they do. Romney, the GOP front-runner and likely GOP presidential candidate, is a dyed-in-the-wool Wall Streeter.

Pretty shrewd folks, those “lefties,” eh? That’s what’s eating at the hard right and tea partiers — that got outplayed on the “grassroots” front.

I haven’t changed my mind that Obama will be elected to a second term. Who’s going to beat him?

Dick Morris has another view at in Protest Peril for Obama

As the early ’70s repeat themselves with the chaotic Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in lower Manhattan, we need to grasp what a peril this movement is to President Obama and the entire Democratic Party. It is like the Obama campaign run wild without Obama in it. It is as if the bandwagon has taken off and left the president behind. And he and his party are racing to catch up. “There go my followers,” they seem to be saying, “and I must go with them because I am their leader.”

Just as the civil rights movement of the late ’50s and early ’60s and the youthful enthusiasm that animated JFK’s candidacy in 1960 energized a generation, so the Obama campaign did in 2008. But just as frustration with Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon and the entire political system turned the idealism of the young into sour cynicism, so the Obama campaign’s young enthusiasts have become cynical, bitter opponents of the entire political/economic system. If the Obama campaign harkened back to memories of the civil rights demonstrations of the ’60s, so the Occupy Wall Street effort reminds us of SDS, SNCC, hippies, yuppies, the Chicago Seven and Jerry Rubin.

The fact is that Obama is less a socialist than a corporatist. His objective is not government ownership, but government management. To control the economy — and all of our lives — he needs to get rid of small banks and small business and consolidate it all in a few big banks and big corporations; hence his friendliness to Goldman-Sachs and General Motors. When wealthy tycoons go to dinners and give Obama $35,000 donations, they know what they are doing. It is not liberal Democratic masochism at work, it is a conscious investment in central planning where big labor, big government, big business and big banks meet and divvy up the pie, just as they do in Germany and France. That is Obama’s game.

His former supporters have taken to the streets to protest his corporatist alliances. Sure, they oppose the Republicans and the conservatives, but they have more in common with the Tea Party than they realize. Both are acting out against big business. Wall Street is as much the enemy of Main Street as it is of college campuses.

The unions and the professional left are scrambling, along with Obama and the Democrats, to head off the stampede among their followers in the Occupy Wall Street movement. They are trying to make up for their pro-Wall Street policies by seeming to take on rich people in their tax program. But the young demonstrators will not be fooled. They invested their dreams for Obama in 2008 and, since then, have gotten only compromises, half-measures, incompetence and a ruined economy in return.

Read the rest HERE, but Dick concludes:

Obama cannot muster the same enthusiasm he did in 2008. It’s out there, but it is now opposed to him, not for him. That’s what Occupy Wall Street is all about

The Occupy Wall Street strategy does not sound like a really solid strategy to me, it sounds like local lefty is enjoying a little wishful thinking.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

9 Responses to Protest Peril for Obama

  1. Russ says:

    There has been much speculation over who is financing the disparate protest, which has spread to cities across America and lasted nearly four weeks. One name that keeps coming up is investor George Soros, who in September debuted in the top 10 list of wealthiest Americans. Conservative critics contend the movement is a Trojan horse for a secret Soros agenda.

    Soros and the protesters deny any connection. But Reuters did find indirect financial links between Soros and Adbusters, an anti-capitalist group in Canada which started the protests with an inventive marketing campaign aimed at sparking an Arab Spring type uprising against Wall Street. Moreover, Soros and the protesters share some ideological ground.

    “I can understand their sentiment,” Soros told reporters last week at the United Nations about the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, which are expected to spur solidarity marches globally on Saturday.

    Pressed further for his views on the movement and the protesters, Soros refused to be drawn in. But conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh summed up the speculation when he told his listeners last week, “George Soros money is behind this.”

  2. Soros is playing these sheeple like a drum. What a hoot!

  3. RL Crabb says:

    The Kochs are playing these sheeple like a drum. What a hoot!

  4. RL Crabb says:

    The Koch boys have funded every right-wing libertarian cause going. Google it yourself. They’ve even been accused of doing business with Iran! Both the Kochs and Soros are at the top of the heap when it comes to money and politics. The point is that we’ve come to the point where we let money buy Washington. I don’t care for either faction. If I had to pick an honest billionaire, I’ll take Buffet. He puts his money where his mouth is, by releasing his tax info to prove his point about inequality in the system. The others do their best to hide their wealth.

    • Todd Juvinall says:


    • Barry Pruett says:

      Bob: While I agree that the Kochs fund “right” causes (pun intended), they are way down on the list sorted by amount. Unions and MoveOn are in the top five while Kochs are 87th. So, Todd’s focus on MoveOn over Koch is not entirely misplaced.

  5. Todd Juvinall says:

    FActs ae facts, but the hyperbole is more fun for the left.

  6. Todd Juvinall says:

    I have to admit I am a bit prejudice against the hippie dippies. While I worked I watched them try and tear down the country in the 60’s and 70’s. Left a lasting impression on me. I do think there are a mutual thing or two since we are all still humans, that we could agree on.

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