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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The 'Occupy' Delusion

Ya gotta give the folks in the mainstream media credit: They're trying their best to make that "Occupy Wall Street" sow's ear look like a silk purse.  But to the real world?
Those demonstrators in the park
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., Washington Times

According to the Taranto Principle, first identified by the distinguished Wall Street Journal writer James Taranto, the mainstream media concocts false truths that encourage liberal Democrats to extravagance: Al Gore hyperventilating over global warming, Jean-Francois Kerry presenting himself as a Vietnam War hero and Barack Obama awash in red ink and promising more. Operating in accord with the principle, the liberal Democrats abandon themselves to a riot of fantasies far removed from the American consensus, and the result is catastrophe for them and much amusement for the rest of us.

Right now, all the polluters of the Kultursmog are engaged in spreading the vast delusion that a handful of cranks are at one with the law-abiding, Constitution-loving Tea Partyers. The cranks are often referred to as members of “Krugman’s Army” - so named after the delusional columnist Paul Krugman at the New York Times, whom I always read to satisfy my appetite for misplaced indignation and delightful incoherence. Other writers from the New York Times and its assorted allies throughout the mainstream media have been laboring almost heroically to spread this myth.

Consider the polling done by Douglas E. Schoen, a pollster who served President Clinton and doubtless is still a loyal Democrat. He polled the Zuccotti Park patriots and found “the movement doesn’t represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of the wealth, civil disobedience, and, in some instances, violence.” As for Americans in general, they are not so high on the folks in the park. A USA Today/Gallup poll taken Oct. 15 and 16 found 22 percent approved of the movement’s goals, 15 percent disapproved, and 63 percent said they did not know enough about the movement to make a judgment.

That does not sound as if the occupiers are making a lot of headway with the average American. But they are making headway with liberal Democrats. [link]
"Occupy Wall Street."  People demanding that those who earn a living give a sizable portion of those earnings to those who choose to sit on their asses and do nothing.  Democratic constituents if ever there were ...