Yesterday in The Guardian
criticized elites in the Democratic party, including President Obama, of selling the OWS
movement down the river. When I first read her piece
I thought it was on point. Turns out, however, that her criticism was too understated by half. If the biggest problem were that Obama and other Democratic elites have been silent
regarding the Occupy movement things might be better. After all, we now know (reported, for instance, by AP here
and Mother Jones here
) that the evictions in Portland, Oakland, Atlanta, NYC and so forth are part of a concerted and coordinated strategy by - predominantly Democratic - elected officials to dismantle the movement. Of course they seem to have acted with the full connivance of Obama's
Department of Homeland Security, but that has not been definitively established. The local concerns about public health and safety are - regardless of the DHS
angle - all just so much bullshit.
concluded his rationalization for attacking the OWS
folks in NYC with this statement: "“Protestors
have had two months to occupy the park with tents and sleeping bags. Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments." The problem? Bloomberg
has not argued with anyone. He sent out the armed (and, in the event, pretty brutal) NYPD
. Just as the other mayors have done. That said, it is important to recognize that (as reported here
at Democracy Now!
) some local officials have in fact resigned in response to the heavy-handed response by the various mayors.
The image above captures the real problem for government officials - including our Democrats. It is a screen shot of this map
from The Guardian
, showing the location of various Occupy outposts world-wide.
Labels: NYC, OWS, protests