8:47 PM EST
Because that’s what they do. Whenever the Right encounters something they don’t like, they label it as “antisemitic” and “anti-Israel”, because evidently, everything revolves around a country in the Middle East.
11:34 PM EST
That whole “Iranian assassination plot” is overblown bullshit
Bullshit because just because they wanted to do something doesn’t mean it was going to happen. Back in the 90s, Saddam Hussein wanted to assassinate George H.W. Bush while the former president was visiting Kuwait. He dispatched three guys from his intelligence service to do it and they were arrested as soon as they arrived in Kuwait. The plot was never considered a serious threat by anything other than opportunists wanting to build a case against Iraq. This whole Iranian thing is just a rehash.
Overblown because hey, it’s distracting almost everyone from the protests, isn’t it? I’m not saying the whole thing is manufactured, fabricated, but I am saying that the mainstream media is using it to bury the protests.
In the mind of conservative bloggers/pundits, this is the most logical response. Talk about missing the point.
1:00 AM EST
The only way I can see the Occupy protests being successful is with a general strike
Emphasis on general. I’m not just talking unions going on strike, I mean people in general go on strike, so many that the country grinds to a halt and is forced to address the issues. What’s happening now in New York, Chicago, D.C., and elsewhere is just half the battle and like the G.I. Joe cartoon, knowing is the other half of battle. A general strike can be super effective, just ask the French. In 1968, there was a massive protest, coupled with a general strike that not only brought France to a complete stop, but almost caused the collapse of the government. At one point, Charles de Gaulle fled Paris and flew to West Germany, where he apparently intended to take refuge, but was convinced to go back to France by the general in charge of the French force there. Unfortunately, the protests sputtered out and failed at the end, but that’s not my point. The point is that massive protests, combined with a general strike almost brought down a government, showing that the two, when used together, can do things.
As much as I admire the Occupy protests, I don’t think they’re going to accomplish much
The best outcome I can see is someone in Congress putting up a bill to help reduce student loan debt a little. Even then, I’m skeptical if it would pass, let alone be effective. Unfortunately, the mainstream media, when it has dained to report on the protests, have portrayed it as nothing more than teenagers and twenty-somethings idealists (amongst other things), totally naive about the world, and that’s how the rest of the country sees or will see the protests.
I don’t think the protests are going to have the longevity needed either. OWS has been going on for about twenty-three days and I predict that it’ll start winding down by next month. You can shake your head and proclaim “no way, man, the protests will last until change happens!”, but I just don’t see tens of thousands of people staying away from home and their families for a long period of time. It won’t break up all at once, but a gradual decline as protesters pack up their stuff and head home. The corporations, the media, the politicians, they know this, so they’re just letting it run its course. Afterward, the right wing media and politicians will vilify the Occupy Protests, while the left will glorify it, snap their fingers and go “drat!” at the “missed chance” to change the country.
More than anything, I wish and hope that I’m wrong, but I doubt it.