Oops! I meant Lloyd Blankfein’s effigy of a head on a pike, not the actual, you know, *head*. Because that would be wrong.
So, recently Glenn Beck got all hysterical and hid under the bed because a bunch of regular Americans (who probably don’t listen to Glenn Beck) decided to occupywallstreet and speak their minds. He and his doofus side kick (who bears an uncanny resemblance to my brother) made fun of the way Zuccotti park occupiers have to repeat what their speakers say. He didn’t bother to explain that voice amplification is not allowed in Zuccotti park or just about any other space in Manhattan because his guffawing audience might stop and think, “WTF?? You mean even Tea Partiers couldn’t amplify themselves in Zuccotti park?” That’s right, but I encourage interested Tea Partiers and Glenn Beck fans to check it out for yourselves. No, really, take a bullhorn to Zuccotti and see what happens. Report back to us here, after you post bail.
Glenn says that the occupiers are a bunch of pissed off marxists who are now going to kill all the capitalists.
Beck then made the first of his dark analogies. Saying that the only thing that could control the movement would be a forceful crushing from “the top,” he added, “It will be the Night of Long Knives. It will be a purging of this country.” This was a seeming reference to the political murders carried out by the Nazis in 1934.
Beck then turned to “capitalists,” and here his warning was even starker and more graphic:
“Capitalists, if you think that you can play footsies with these people, you’re wrong. They will come for you and drag you into the streets and kill you…they’re Marxist radicals…these guys are worse than Robespierre from the French Revolution…they’ll kill everybody.”
Gosh, why did the commies wait so long? A lot of people are losing their houses. They’ve had three years to hatch their diabolical plan and all they can come up with is a mass movement using a democratic, open source process to work their way through the problem while using militant non-violence to assemble and protest peacefully? Betcha Glenn couldn’t start a nationwide movement without a bullhorn, his own media and a posse of mean spirited, bullying senior citizens who deliberately refuse to evolve. These occupiers are blood thirsty fiends with their cardboard signs and their sharpies, using the power of the word to cut through all of the right wing nastiness.
Oh, wait, Glenn is one of those nasty right wingers. So, what we have here is a genuine uprising that is threatening the astroturfed Tea Party movement and Glenn’s moment of glory. It’s tapping into the zeitgeist of a very dispirited and angry middle class. It’s non-partisan, a-religious, doesn’t endorse any political candidates and doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings except the bankers (poor widdle guys). In short, it’s anti-Beck, the little, greedy, mean, libertarian, uber conservative, anti-gay, anti-feminist Mormon man.
Oh My God! What is happening?? Americans don’t seem to be afraid of their own mortality or intimidated by Beck and his selfish, cranky and para military fantasist followers. How can that be after all of the money that has been pouring into the GlennBeckian wet dream network? It’s the end of the world. Before you know it there will be earthquakes and floods, dogs and cats living together. Good thing Beck has an underground fallout shelter where he can hide from the pacifist hordes who are about to force a vegan diet on him. (Ok, the occupiers do go a little overboard on the crunchy granola. It is a little frightening.) If this movement is not stopped, before you know it you’ll have capitalists operating under more strict regulations, unable to gamble away your retirement money at the global craps table, forced to pay taxes or pass their workers’ productivity gains back to them, working on an increasingly non-carbon based infrastructure and encouraging Americans to take mass transit and work from home. Oh, the humanity!
Calm down, Glenn. They’re not coming to take your head and parade it around on a pike. They just want to shove your malicious rhetoric down your gullet – metaphorically. You can come out from under the bed now.
Oh, and about the “acres of trash” that are supposedly accumulating in Zuccotti park? Well, I was there last week during their third week of occupation and the only thing that I smelled were the street vendors peddling falafel and halal kebabs. The park was spotless and the garbage cans were empty, not overflowing.
Get a life, Glenn. Or a night light.
One more thing: I noticed that the GBTV crew went to an occupation and found some occupiers who were definitely not your suburban soccer mom types. But what he didn’t show his audience was who is really in the crowd down there. So, I will. This is a replay of the pre-march gathering at Zuccotti Park from last week. Those radical marxists are cleverly disguising themselves as normal looking Americans of all ages and descriptions. It’s scary.: