Saturday, October 15, 2011

Please Shoot Somebody, We Need the Publicity

Noman had not heard of Donny Deutsch before Friday: a Gucci-goo, Bruce Willis look-alike and advertising executive who sidelines as a talking head on MSNBC.

That station is NBCUniversal's (formerly General Electric's, now Comcast's) everyday advertisement for all things Left.  On "Morning Joe," with Joe Scarborough, Donny said something that made him famous even among people who would rather gargle with castor oil than be subjected to MSNBC's programming.

Donny opined that what Occupy Wall Street needed was a Kent State incident, "a climax moment of class warfare somehow played out on screen."  Power on the people rather than to them.  It's just what a "visual society" needs.

He offered this Alinskyite sagacity without a hint of irony while donning a $5,000 suit, sporting a $500 coiffure, flashing $10,000 worth of orthodontia, and looking like a million bucks.  Class warfare, indeed.

Noman has heard tell about sex in the city among those struggling in Zuccotti Park's cafes.  So, "climax moment" might be an apposite choice of terms.

But, the "class warfare" description really puzzles Noman.  Just what classes are clashing in cities around the country?

Protesters are demanding that investment bankers pay for everything from their educations to their lattes.  That pampered sense of entitlement used to signify being in the 1%, but hasn't for decades in America.  It just signifies a Liberal chip on a 99% shoulder.

The police that protesters are trying to goad into behavior that might plausibly be broadcast around the world as brutality want the same as they do: for the federal government to bail out their positions, pensions and perks.

If anything, the much-commented-upon trust fund scions of equality (Bill Ayers types) are the bad guys of their own protest rhetoric.  The police are the good guys deeply ensconced among the middle class.

It's not that Deutsch wants anyone to die, mind you, though that certainly couldn't hurt ratings.  It's just that the movement needs a PR shot in the arm, so to speak.

Noman remembers Kent State well.  It's something that only a political animal, someone who had lost all human perspective, would evoke with hope.

It was a watershed moment for the counter culture, when the status quo decided that it simply wasn't worth killing the children in order to get them to behave, or love their country, or go to class.

There was a passion in the air that revolutionaries--the Alinskyites driving the Have-Some-Want-Mores to clamor for change--are always seeking to replicate in order to further their cause du jour.   This is what it looks like when it comes from the heart.  It doesn't need to be ginned up with sideline advocacy for climax moments.

"There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all." (Mario Savio)
Stirring stuff, that.  Has the "operation of the machine become so odious" because 50% of the people--the taxpayers--are terrified by the nation's skyrocketing debt burden, disgusted with government's never-ending appetite, and simply tired of carrying the other, growing half in perpetuity?

Is it so odious that citizens might want to fund more of their own spending priorities through private channels rather than those of protestors, public unions, green hucksters, the President and his corporatist cronies through public ones?

The Tea Party, not Occupy Wall Street, is demanding freedom: from federal control at the threat of preventing the machine from working at all.  It is putting its protestors bodies "upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus" in order to make it stop.

Donny Deustch holds them in contempt.  He's advocating a Kent State moment to make it look like Occupy Wall Street is the good guy when it's just agitprop, a Statist tool.

The federal government spends $1.5 trillion more than it takes in on all sorts of government giveaways that didn't exist in the 1964-1970 period.  Federal outlays didn't even exceed $1 trillion until 1987.  (See Table 1.1)  They are presently at $3.5 trillion, and projected to reach $4.5 trillion by 2016.  Enough is enough.

 Since George Bush left office, nobody is fulminating about military incursions, even in Libya and Africa, which were entered into without debate solely at the flick of the Presidential pinky--the Democratic President's pinky, which evidently makes the critical difference.

OWS protestors feel so free that not only are they unburdened by taxes, they are unencumbered by a sense of responsibility to support themselves, and untroubled by the tug of conscience at obliging others to pick up the tab for their unboundedness.

In May 1970, demonstrations broke out across the nation's campuses to protest President Nixon's expansion of the Vietnam War into the Cambodian theater.  The Ohio National Guard was dispatched to quell dissent at Kent State.  Tempers flared.  Cooler heads snapped.  Bullets flew.  Some strayed.  Bodies fell.

Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, William Shroeder, Sandra Scheuer: four dead in Ohio.  Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Ohio.  Donny Deutsche wants to resurrect and relive this history in order to score PR points for higher taxes and more federal spending.

Protesters in New York are trying to comply with his request.  They marched on the houses of billionaire Republicans but had to pass those of billionaire Democrats like John Paulson and Jamie Dimon along the way.  Nevertheless, they're doing their best to provoke the police, who prove their human frailty by taking the bait every now and then.  

The fat hag in the video screaming "fascists" at the police got dragged off by her hair.  She got what she was there for: to provoke an incident.

The stimulus funded photographers were there to capture the moment, and professionalize it in the following video for the gaping masses.  Saul Alinsky would be proud of the community organization.

The chicks in skimpy tops went hysterical.  Some short-on-patience cop with frayed nerves pepper sprayed their evocative faces.  Bummer.  Now, they're committed Leftists whereas before they were just self-righteous white brats seeking cheap thrills by feigning grievance.

With just a little more egging, we might get a visual spectacle worthy of Donny Deutsche, and Nero.

For his part, Noman wonders if President Obama is capable of feeling guilt over setting this impending bloodshed into motion with his fiery, class-warfare rhetoric.  His guess is that Barack's ACORN training and Harvard Law education honed his social conscience at the expense of his moral one.

Charles Krauthammer also lays the responsibility for this travesty at the President's feet for scapegoating in order to hang onto power.
Exhibit C. To the villainy-of-the-rich theme emanating from Washington, a child is born: Occupy Wall Street. Starbucks-sipping, Levi’s-clad, iPhone-clutching protesters denounce corporate America even as they weep for Steve Jobs, corporate titan, billionaire eight times over. 
These indignant indolents saddled with their $50,000 student loans and English degrees have decided that their lack of gainful employment is rooted in the malice of the millionaires on whose homes they are now marching — to the applause of Democrats suffering acute Tea Party envy and now salivating at the energy these big-government anarchists will presumably give their cause. 
Except that the real Tea Party actually had a program — less government, less regulation, less taxation, less debt. What’s the Occupy Wall Street program? Eat the rich. 
And then what? Haven’t gotten that far. 
No postprandial plans. But no matter. After all, this is not about programs or policies. This is about scapegoating, a failed administration trying to save itself by blaming our troubles — and its failures — on class enemies, turning general discontent into rage against a malign few. 
From the Senate to the streets, it’s working. Obama is too intelligent not to know what he started. But so long as it gives him a shot at reelection, he shows no sign of caring.
Noman has a half-facetious suggestion for the New York City police and denizens of occupied neighborhoods.  Leave before you get cast as the bad guys in Donny Deutsche's morality play, or become collateral damage in some community organizer's scenario planning.

Do yourself and the taxpayers of the nation a favor by letting Occupy Wall Street have the place.  Make the insurance claims once they leave after trashing your neighborhoods, homes and lives.

They are on the Left.  Even though you might be, too, they are on the Left.  They have PC priority because they are helping the President.  They are entitled.  It's fair.  Give up.  Resistance is futile.  You are out-organized.

They will never be blamed or held to account for anything they do, think or say.  You will be blamed for anything and everything that happens.  The blood will be on your hands even if it's your own blood.

After the inconvenience and trauma passes, the social engineers who opened Pandora's box will probably leave you alone.  Without hope of a teachable moment to flay the electorate with, they'll be onto the next grievance.

With luck, the Big Government avarice occupying our nation will leave the land like Sauron's spirit fleeing the evil eye.  You might even follow David Mamet's lead and convert to conservatism after some painful soul searching.

Regardless, you'll have more money left after taxes to support people and causes important to you, rather than those important to your political betters.

No comments:

Post a Comment