Poll Shows Most #OWS Protesters Are Militant Leftists – 98% Support Civil Disobedience, 31% Support Violence to Advance Their Agenda.

It’s a bit frightening that the President of the United States is openly identifying with these people.

So far, what we have been reporting – the fact that OWS is almost entirely made up of radical Marxists – has been based on the pictures, videos and news accounts. Now we have polling data that confirms what our eyes and ears have been telling us.

Pollster, Douglas Schoen, writing for the Wall Street Journal thinks that may come back to haunt him in 2012:

Last week, senior White House adviser David Plouffe said that “the protests you’re seeing are the same conversations people are having in living rooms and kitchens all across America. . . . People are frustrated by an economy that does not reward hard work and responsibility, where Wall Street and Main Street don’t seem to play by the same set of rules.” Nancy Pelosi and others have echoed the message.

As I noted at Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse, um…..no, most Americans do not identify with those weirdos, and are most certainly not “having the same conversations in their living rooms and kitchen tables. What absurd and condescending nonsense.

How insulting to our intelligence, to presume that we sound like these maroons.

Schoen continues:

The protesters have a distinct ideology and are bound by a deep commitment to radical left-wing policies. On Oct. 10 and 11, Arielle Alter Confino, a senior researcher at my polling firm, interviewed nearly 200 protesters in New York’s Zuccotti Park. Our findings probably represent the first systematic random sample of Occupy Wall Street opinion.

Our research shows clearly that 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 wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence. Half (52%) have participated in a political movement before, virtually all (98%) say they would support civil disobedience to achieve their goals, and nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda.

***What binds a large majority of the protesters together—regardless of age, socioeconomic status or education—is a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth, intense regulation of the private sector, and protectionist policies to keep American jobs from going overseas.

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Thus Occupy Wall Street is a group of engaged progressives who are disillusioned with the capitalist system and have a distinct activist orientation. Among the general public, by contrast, 41% of Americans self-identify as conservative, 36% as moderate, and only 21% as liberal. That’s why the Obama-Pelosi embrace of the movement could prove catastrophic for their party.

By embracing #OWS, a radical group that does not reflect American values, Obama will lose even more Independents than he’s lost already. I don’t know who’s advising the President, but someone should tell him that without Independents, he has no chance of victory. 

But as Keith Koffler suggested, Obama may not be able to help himself:

Obama is a former community organizer who was rated the most liberal member of the Senate. These kinds of protests are in his blood. He is no more able to condemn them than he is able to reject himself.

It’s disconcerting that this president appears to harbor some radical notions. What scares is when he is supportive of those who would make such ideas reality by toppling the system he presides over and has pledged to defend.

We will be living in disconcerting times for the foreseeable future, I think, because the radical left-wing mob will not be going away no matter who wins in 2012. And if a Republican wins, they will be even larger and shriller.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

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Video: From The Archives – Herman Cain Sings “Imagine There’s No Pizza”

The best thing about this? It shows you just how multi-talented the Hermanator is. The man can really sing!

Via Allahpundit at Hot Air:

An instant classic via the Omaha World-Herald, which dug up this ham-tastic 20-year-old performance at the Omaha Press Club as part of its look back at Cain’s years in Nebraska working for Godfather’s Pizza. Watching it, two things are clear. One: Lennon’s ode to possessions-less brotherhood actually makes a hell of a corporate jingle. And two: The inauguration ball is going to be amazing.

Lyrics at Hot Air.

And heeere we go! Huffpo makes a shocking discovery:Pizza Magnate Herman Cain Has Extensive Ties To Powerful Koch Group:

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain has cast himself as the outsider, the pizza magnate with real-world experience who will bring fresh ideas to the nation’s capital. But Cain’s economic ideas, support and organization have close ties to two billionaire brothers who bankroll right-leaning causes through their group Americans for Prosperity.

Cain’s campaign manager and a number of aides have worked for Americans for Prosperity, or AFP, the advocacy group founded with support from billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, which lobbies for lower taxes and less government regulation and spending. Cain credits a businessman who served on an AFP advisory board with helping devise his “9-9-9″ plan to rewrite the nation’s tax code. And his years of speaking at AFP events have given the businessman and radio host a network of loyal grassroots fans.

The once little-known businessman’s political activities are getting fresh scrutiny these days since he soared to the top of some national polls.

His links to the Koch brothers could undercut his outsider, non-political image among people who detest politics as usual and candidates connected with the party machine.

AFP tapped Cain as the public face of its “Prosperity Expansion Project,” and he traveled the country in 2005 and 2006 speaking to activists who were starting state-based AFP chapters from Wisconsin to Virginia. Through his AFP work he met Mark Block, a longtime Wisconsin Republican operative hired to lead that state’s AFP chapter in 2005 as he rebounded from an earlier campaign scandal that derailed his career.

And so on and so forth. It’s so cute when liberals try to pretend that the Koch brothers are evil incarnate because they support libertarian causes, while failing to notice that the genuinely malevolent Mr. George Soros is prime mover behind the Democratic “Shadow Party” network.

It just cracks me up every time.

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On Sale Now: Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice

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Bob McCarty’s first book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice, goes in print versions at booksellers everywhere Oct. 19. The ebook is on sale, now.

The book tells the story of the wrongly convicted soldier,  Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, who recently spoke out in an email to friends and supporters:

For the first time since he was convicted by a court-martial panel and sentenced to eight years behind bars at Fort Leavenworth, former Army Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart — the man whose story is chronicled in the new book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice — reached out to his friends and supporters today via the email below:

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It seems strange that I am finally addressing what is going on with my family, and in my life. Throughout this whole ordeal, I have tried to protect my friends and family from the stigma associated with my trial and conviction. I have in no way been disloyal to the Army or my Regiment. I have not been outspoken about the mishandlings of my trial. And I will not begin today.

I am writing now because a book is being published with detailed information regarding my case. While still in prison, a manifesto of the book was written. After my parole, I gave the author my first ever interview with strict guidelines that the official trial transcript be included so readers would be fully informed about the events that had transpired. I wanted the book to tell the whole truth. I have exposed my entire life in detail to allow the reader to make their own assessment.

I am INNOCENT of the crimes for which I have been convicted and sentenced. I am guilty of betraying my wife and words can never express the sorrow I feel for what I have done to those that I love. I decidedly had a one night stand and thought getting caught would be the worst case scenario. At the time, I could never have imagined that the ripple effect from the stone I cast would touch so many people.

Throughout these past 2 years, the ripple hasn’t slowed. I am not referring to the loss of my career or my time spent in prison. Larger in scale are issues to include my parent’s daily struggles with finances and health during their golden years, my friends’ military careers being affected due to their support of me, and my children growing beyond what I ever knew of them. I yearn for the day that the ripple will stop negatively affecting those around me.

To date, my family and I have had a small group of reliable supporters; My mother, Father, Heidi, Spike, Credie, Darlene, Neil, Bob, Jim, Clay, Gerri, Feryat, Bojan and Michael. (There are more but they will remain anonymous per request.) Through it all, they have NEVER wavered. Many of these people have asked for your support in some form but until now, I personally have not; this was not because of my pride, it was because I was hopeless and lost. I have always prided myself on helping and giving to others and during this dark time, I have been fortunate enough to call certain people brothers, sisters and mothers, for the support they have given to my family. Unfortunately, there have also been many people making judgments based solely on hearsay and those who think ‘this is not directly affecting my life so why get involved?’ The book coming out will address the hearsay and I hope after reading it, you will see the injustices and be motivated to speak out against them.

I have remained quiet for a long time but today I am standing here before god and everyone acknowledging my faults, and making a promise to NEVER again betray my wife or bring shame upon our military or country. Today I ask for your help. I ask that you support this book. I ask and plead with you to stand by me in this fight. Every voice is more important than you will ever know. I have attached links below I hope each and everyone of you will do your best to support them. Either with sending it to our community, or to future supporters . Anything you do I am grateful beyond words.

I love our country. I love the Army. But mistakes have been made and not just by me. I hope what you read angers you. I hope it inspires you.

I hope the truth will finally set me free…

A one page synopsis of the book can be read, here.

More than 1,500 #Occupy Protesters Arrested, Thus Far

Not something you’d see at your average Tea Party.

According to The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama more than 1,500 protesters across the country have  been for arrested since the protests began. Charges include assaulting police officers, disorderly contact, trespassing and more.

Here’s a rundown of the arrests we’ve thus far been able to document, by date:

  • September 18 – New York, NY: 2 Arrests
  • September 19 – New York, NY: 5 Arrests
  • September 24 – New York, NY: 80 Arrests
  • October 1 – New York, NY: 700 Arrests
  • October 5- St. Louis, MO: 10 Arrests
  • October 6 – Los Angeles, CA: 11 Arrests
  • October 6 – San Francisco, CA: 1 Arrest
  • October 6 – Santa Barbara, CA: 9 Arrests
  • October 7 – Sacramento, CA: 19 Arrests
  • October 8 – Des Moines, IA: 32 Arrests
  • October 11 – Boston, MA: 140 Arrests
  • October 11 – Washington, D.C.: 6 Arrests
  • October 11 – Chicago, IL: 21 Arrests
  • October 12 – Houston, TX: 8 Arrests
  • October 12 – San Francisco, CA: 11 Arrests
  • October 13 – Austin, TX: 4 Arrests
  • October 13 – Seattle, WA: 10 Arrests
  • October 13 – Portland, OR: 8 Arrests
  • October 13 – Gainesville, FL: 4 Arrests
  • October 14 – New York, NY: 14 Arrests
  • October 14 – Seattle, WA: 1 Arrests
  • October 14 – Denver, CO: 24 Arrests
  • October 14 – San Diego, CA: 1 Arrest
  • October 15 – New York, NY: 92 Arrests
  • October 15 – Minneapolis, MN: 1 Arrest
  • October 15 – Raleigh, NC: 15 Arrests
  • October 15 – Tucson, AZ: 53 Arrests
  • October 15 – Phoenix, AZ: 46 Arrests
  • October 16 – Chicago, IL: 175 Arrests
  • October 16 – Washington, D.C.: 19 Arrests
  • October 16 – Phoenix, AZ: 3 Arrests

By way of comparison, the “extreme” and “radical” tea party has seen in the past two and a half years approximately…… 0 arrests, unless, of course,  a left-wing counter-protester showed up. Then very possibly, the left-wing counter protester got arrested.

The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama notes that if anything, the arrests they’ve documented are understated.

  You see, liberal city officials across the country have allowed protesters to engage in unlawful behavior that if YOU were to engage in, you’d be arrested for.

However, these Democrat officials have allowed protesters to break the law, and have instructed law enforcement to engage in these illegal acts without consequence.

This is in stark contrast to rallies held by the Tea Party movement where protests were peaceful and where participants thanked law enforcement officials and cleaned up after themselves.

It’s time to call these protest mobs for what they are:  unruly mobs laced with socialists and communists who are intent on attacking the American principles of free markets and capitalism.

The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama is asking for help in getting the truth out to the American people. Obama and the Democrats have latched on the the Occupy movement, (much of it spurred on by Obama’s class warfare rhetoric), and they are hoping for it to buoy them up in time for the 2012 elections.

Via Da TechGuy, the Sultan of Knish sums up very well what’s going on,  here:

The protests are a misnomer as they are not a protest against, but a show of support for a troubled administration playing its last class warfare card. Plan A was for the media to insist that the recovery was here. But Plan A is roadkill because no one actually bought into the Summer of Recovery. That just leaves Plan B which is to run against the economic crisis on a class warfare platform.

Conceptually it makes no sense for the established party to run as the opposition, but the Obama cult has broken all sorts of rules before and its program has never made any sense. Stir up enough chaos in the street, roll out the red carpet and write up the speech promising to save the nation and it might work. Dictators have done it often enough before.

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We here at The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama are preparing a national TV ad campaign exposing these mobs for what they are, and the fact that Democrat political leaders are shamefully providing them cover.   We’ve raised enough money to produce these TV ads (which are nearly compete), but now need to raise money to purchase the airtime for these ads to be seen.  Please help us purchase TV ad time for this effort by making a contribution – HERE.

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Rasmussen: Cain 43%, Obama 41%

Bam!

Rasmussen reports:

Whether Herman Cain’s surge in the polls is temporary or has staying power, he’s enjoying a big enough bounce to take a very slight lead over President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. At the moment, the Georgia businessman is the only Republican with a lead of any kind over Obama, although former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has held a similar advantage several times and is currently trailing the president by just two points.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows Cain attracting 43% support, while Obama earns 41%. Given such a matchup, eight percent (8%) prefer some other candidate, and another eight percent (8%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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Via The Other McCain, among Republican Primary candidates: Cain Takes Lead In South Carolina

And Michelle Malkin has taken to hawking nose-plugs to help conservatives get through the election. She’s not thrilled with any of the GOP candidates.

Her problems with Cain:

His endorsement of pal Alan Greenspan’s Fed tenure shows too much trust for the central banking bureaucrats who helped inflate the housing bubble and who, like Naked Emperor Henry Paulson, engineered the era of endless bailouts.

For all his Tea Party cred and outside-the-Beltway status, Cain fell for the gun-to-our-heads, Chicken Little propaganda and supported TARP — vigorously — when America needed every consistent fiscal conservative voice possible to try and stop the predictable, all-purpose morphing of the bank bailout before it started.

My conservative instincts at the time of the bailout was for the government to butt out, and let the chips fall where they may.

But I also respected the opinions of conservatives who, perhaps, had a greater understanding of the economic issues at hand – like Paul Ryan, and Herman Cain.

The vast majority of  economists were saying that it was the only choice at the time. We had to save our banks from going under to avoid a world-wide depression.  I don’t hold this one against them.

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Video: Issa On CBS’s Face The Nation – Is FBI hiding Evidence on “Fast and Furious”?

Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, went on CBS News Face the Nation, Sunday, with Sharyl Attkisson to discuss the ongoing Fast and Furious investigation.

The House Oversight Committee plans to ask the FBI whether all the guns that were used to kill a federal agent are accounted for. Sharyl Attkisson reports on the latest of the fallout from the “fast and furious” operation.

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If we are to believe Attorney General Eric Holder, he knew nothing about “Project Gunwalker” while it was being implemented, and did not first hear of it until a few weeks before Darrell Issa asked him about it in a May House Committee on Oversight and Government reform hearing.

If we are to believe him, any briefings he received did not discuss gunwalking. Plus he never read reports from senior staff.

If we are to believe administration apologists, not only is this so, but gunwalking was confined to the Phoenix office and the operations were conducted from the bottom, while senior ATF and DOJ managers were blissfully kept in the dark.

And Issa is on “a witch hunt.”  So there.

The purpose of this column is not to debate those points—anyone paying attention knows about the involvement of other departments and agencies and documented reports of gunwalking occurring in other locales.

Keep reading at the link.

 

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The Neo-Cannibals, Marxists, Anarchists, Deadbeats, Dopers and Democrats of #OccupyDenver

Neo-cannibals seemed to be everywhere. Above, a sign adorned with a skull with a red anarchist ‘A,’ and bloody knife and fork recall the peak of the psychedelic revolution in 1969, when Charles Manson and his crew of hippy chicks went on a murder spree and bragged about defiling the corpses of their wealthy victims with flatware. President Obama’s friends, infamous terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn, shocked the world by publicly rejoicing and declaring the three-fingered fork sign as a new revolutionary symbol. This guy looks ready to chow down. Via El Marco

The #Occupy movement wants us to believe that they are a mainstream group of people fed up with a Capitalist system that doesn’t work for them. They want jobs,  think the corporations have too much power, and the rich should pay more in taxes. The least radical aspects of their vision closely matches the agenda of the our current President and the Democrat party.  They presumptuously claim to represent 99% of us, although, the least radical among them would only seem to appeal to liberal Democrats, only 29% of the electorate. Another 9%, or those who identify as “very liberal” (Socialist) seem to be over represented at these rallies. I have no idea where the anarchists and neo-cannibals fit in, but they are prominent  fixtures at all of these protests, as well.

No, this is not a reasonable, mainstream group of Americans. Their mob actions in major cities across the nation - provoking the police into violent confrontations, last weekend and in past weekends belie their weak proclamations of being  sweet and innocent, law-abiding, peace-loving activists. Perhaps certain factions of the #occupy movement are more peace-loving than others, but as a whole, they are there to make trouble. As Andrew Breitbart noted upon perusal of the group’s emails, acquired by Big Government:

The true purpose of the Occupy movement appears to be further economic and governmental destabilization, at a time when the world is already facing major financial and political challenges.

#Occupy participants who fail to acknowledge this basic fact about the movement they’re involved with are either useful idiots, or actively trying to fool you.

Photo-journalist, El Marcobrought his camera to the #OccupyDenver protest, this weekend, to give you Exibit #49,938 why the #occupy movement is anything but mainstream.

“Occupy Denver” returned to the streets with a vengeance Saturday after being expelled, having their camp forcibly removed from Veterans’ Park by police at 4 a.m. Friday morning. October 15 was declared International Day of Action, which saw radical socialist/anarchist protests and violence in European and American cities.

The Occupy Denver crowd reached approximately 2000 – 3,000.

The violent Jacobin tendency among socialists was evident in many of the signs carried at this march.

This leather-clad woman brought her own megaphone and spoke in a faux-Russian accent about “extra-terrestrial financing,” and other important topics relevant to the day’s march. She calls herself Mufti.

These people wonder why they don’t have jobs. Well, look at them:

One of the focuses, understandably, of the rally was the desperate need in America for jobs. While the blame for the unemployment situation was placed on the “bankers” for “ruining our economy”, many of the participants appeared to be the authors of their own misfortune. Pop-culture fashion today dictates that women and men put huge tattoos across their chests, arms, legs, backs, hands, and if they are really daring, on their faces. Top that off with a matted mass of mop-like dreadlocks and a few rings and studs piercing nostrils, eyelids, and lips, and you may be out of luck when it comes to finding a job. Add to that habitual drug use, including the chronic lethargy, munchies, and short-term memory loss caused by smoking high potency modern cannabis, and you have created a person that not even the most open-minded liberal will employ. But it’s always easier to blame the bankers than to face the reality of bad choices that ruin a person’s life.

See El Marco’s post at Looking at The Left for lots more pictures from the protest, and his full report.

The Denver Post reported about 49 arrests over the weekend for #OccupyDenver participants:

Justin “Crunchy” Gwin has built four iterations of the camp kitchen — dubbed the Thunderdome. The first he cobbled together with a meat cleaver, duct tape and cardboard. By Thunderdome No. 3, he had graduated to lumber.

But by 6:30 p.m. Saturday, he had erected No. 4, a tent kitchen, and refused to tear it down. Gwin said riot police responded unjustly with pepper spray and force.

That was when Justin Wilson was arrested.

“I had some degree of respect for DPD until last night. They lost my respect,” Wilson said. “We were being peaceful. We were not resisting at all.”

In all, police arrested 49 people Friday and Saturday. All but two have been released on bond that ranged from personal recognizance to $1,000, said Capt. Frank Gale, spokesman for the Denver Sheriff Department.

The two who remain in jail have warrants

Rick Strandlof carries a tent as part of the Occupy Denver protest Sunday in Civic Center. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

against them from other counties, Gale said.

More than 20 lawyers have volunteered to provide pro-bono aid to those arrested, said Catherine Keffer, 29, a member of Occupy Denver’s legal team.

There were over 70 arrested at the #OccupyWallStreet protest in NYC, and 175 arrested at #OccupyChicago.
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Ace: OWS Is Almost Entirely Socialist/Marxist:

Kevin D. Williamson finds the same:

I’ve been spending as much time as I can down at Occupy Wall Street, listening to the speeches, reading the literature, talking to the organizers. Here’s something to keep in mind: You’ll hear in a lot of the conservative media that this is some kind of socialist/communist enterprise piggybacking on a populist protest. In reality, it is much worse than even most of the conservative media is reporting.Almost every organization present at OWS is explicitly communist or socialist. Almost every piece of literature being handed out is explicitly communist or socialist. I don’t mean half, and I don’t mean the overwhelming majority — I mean almost all of it. Yes, there are the usual union goons trying to figure out how to get OWS to do the bidding of the AFL-CIO and the Democratic party, and the usual smattering of New Age goo (the “Free Empathy” table) and po-mo Left wackiness (animal-rights nuts), the inevitable Let’s-Eradicate-Israel crowd (“Free Palestine, from the river to the sea!”). But, that being said, almost every organized enterprise and piece of printed material I have encountered has been socialist or communist. It’s been a long time since I saw anybody peddling books by Lenin. It’s been a long time since anybody told me the Ukrainians had it coming.

The media found the one or two racists in the Tea Party and made them the face of the movement; meanwhile, it finds the one or two people who are not avowedly Marxist and makes them the standard-bearer.

White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler weighs in:

President Obama is intensifying his identification with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

This is truly frightening.

It would be one thing for Obama to practice benign neglect, to communicate that everyone has a right to protest without really commenting on the movement itself.

But it must be unprecedented for a president of the United States to suggest an affinity for radical leftists who despise capitalism and seek to upend the economic and political system.

I’ve watched enough video and seen enough commentary out of the Occupy Everything crowd to understand who these people are. They are not average people out of work who want jobs, or mainstream Democratic Party reformers who believe in more regulation and government programs.

These are stereotypical leftists who want wrenching change that cannot be achieved by democratic means and that would require the type of government or third party intervention into the economy and people’s lives that is incompatible with democracy.

But Obama has thrown in with these people, starting with his press conference statement earlier this month that they are expressing “the frustrations that the American people feel.”

I agree completely that by overtly supporting this openly Marxist, and anti-Semitic movement, Obama has given us a very bad omen of things to come. Nothing this President does surprises me, anymore, so when something like this happens, I tend to shrug, now, and say, “Of course”. But a President throwing in with lawless radicals is something that should chill us all to the bone.

November 2012 cannot get here soon enough.

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