I have been participating since early on in the Occupy Wall Street movement and have to say that there are a shocking number of fascists in this country now. Not just stupid, not just angry, but actual fascists like Ben Stein (read an example of pure nasty evil written for all the world to see), Anne Coulter [Kudlow stoops to bringing her on as attack dog] and Rush Limbaugh. After you read the asshole Ben Stein "you little gnats quit annoying us" diatribe, listen to what a real social critic, Lee Camp has to say about it all. The contrast couldn't be more striking. They influence a whole tribe of fascist rabble, who buy into these wedge-issues nonsense. Glen Beck, another fascist, showed his true colors recently by saying "they are coming to drag you into the streets and kill you." Here we have an incredible contrast between Asher Edelman, former Wall Street tycoon supporting OWS (very insight), and Judd Gregg. This crony and stooge (now with GS) is the very embodiment of what the OWS Movement is all about. Sounds like The Movement has the kleptocracy running scared -- not of being killed, but losing power. And what's with this crazy Hermann Cain as a contender crap? Answer: Yet another wedge-issue operator.
The political economy in the US is changing and this is hugely important. In the next phase of the U.S. rout, I do believe blood is going to run in the streets, especially with the Glen Becks' of the world fear mongering. Put that on your calender for about six to nine months out, given my tendency for early premonition (pressagio). However, if you listen to Chris Hedges, who I think is prescient, he says events can unfold rapidly. He thinks corporatism is in big trouble in the U.S. As far as peaceful protests go, I know both conservatives and progressives who support them or who are sympathetic to OSW. But there are others -- I call them falsies -- who wear the "conservative" or "progressive" label, hijack it and pervert it, the same way the Tea Party was co-opted. Fundamentally, these people are anti-democratic. I have a strong sense that the more high profile among them are corporatists. Many of the aforementioned are just evil people, but there are others who are simply clueless hacks in a less-evil way. They are like warts, by and large worthless, and they dominate the media. Salon had a list (the Hack 30) of them that is quite accurate.
You won't see much of what I am about to say from the Hack 30, but on the other side of the falsie progressive label, Presidente Hopium looks finished. He has no support among independents and much of his progressive base (who are not falsies) are looking for something new, like protests. Independents are also rejecting Republicans and need a non-conformist choice on all accounts.
What I'd like to see is the pro-democracy element of the Tea Party join forces with the pro-democracy progressives and forge an anti-kleptocrat, get-money-out-of-politics movement. Such a movement might be leaderless, but I am watching Buddy Roemer, because his politics fit the bill. The challenge is that the party he has chosen to run in (the GOP) doesn't permit non-conformity at all. I still wonder if a similar candidate might emerge on the Democratic side to challenge Obama. If the Democrats are going to be a factor, they need to be open to a non-conformist replacement for Obama, otherwise all hell is going to break loose.
" By 51%-41%, respondents in October picked "someone new deserves a chance" over Obama "deserves to be re-elected." Among independents, it was 54%-36%. Back in September, the readings were 50%-44% and 53%-38%, respectively. Half of Americans give Obama poor or unacceptable marks in creating jobs and economic growth vs. 24% who say he's doing well."Among independents, it's 51%-18%. 33% of swing voters give him an "F" vs. just 2% who give an "A."
"That underscores Obama's intensity problem. In addition to his deteriorating support among independents, just 77% of Democrats say Obama deserves re-election, while 88% of Republicans say he doesn't.
"The Occupy Wall Street movement, while directed at fat-cat bankers, also reflects broad dissatisfaction among Obama's political base."