From an intellectual view, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has been complacent. They've communicated no demands, articulated no coherent political platform, and have provided no tangible code of conduct. Behaviorally, Occupy Wall Street has raised a few eyebrows.
Already there have been three allegations of rape - one which led to an arrest - illegal drug distribution, violent clashes with law enforcement, pimping of teenage prostitutes, public masturbation, and one incident of indecent exposure to a minor. To sympathizers, isolated incidents of disorder cannot diminish the movement's meaningful message about economic equality. To conservatives, however, this behavior is part and parcel to an ideology that glorifies civil disobedience and attempts to provoke unrest.
Public contempt toward Wall Street is not limited to OWS protesters. A short time ago, Tea Parties emerged from the public's frustration over bank bailouts. Their rise to prominence reshaped American politics and reinvigorated a new brand of fiscal conservatism.
Both movements oppose "bailout ideology," but each aims their barrels at different culprits. Tea Parties blame big government for spending hundreds of billions of their taxpayer money on banks deemed "too big to fail." Occupy Wall Street blames greedy banks for taking the money while the public suffers. For Tea Parties, it's about the growth of government and uncontrolled spending. For OWS, it's about the growth of Wall Street and economic inequality.
Last weekend, Occupy Milwaukee marched and banged their drums in an effort to pit the wealthiest 1% against everyone else. Chance Zombor, one of the chief spokespersons of Occupy Milwaukee, is an adept activist for the left. He was also one of the nineteen protesters arrested at Senator Ron Johnson's office earlier this month for trespassing.
He told the media that he wanted Senator Johnson to explain to him why he voted against President Obama's Jobs Bill. Johnson said that, if passed, the bill would have expanded government at the cost of increasing our national debt. True job growth, the good Senator argued, must come from the private sector.
But that's the rub. Zombor doesn't want private sector growth because he doesn't want a private sector at all. Zombor is a member of the Freedom Socialist Organization and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). And not surprisingly, he describes himself as a Marxist-Leninist. What does this all mean?
Marxism–Leninism is a type of communist ideology that promotes a single-party rule by dictatorship. It initiates a "command economy" where the prices of goods and services are fixed by government. Under this regime, government confiscates private property and redistributes wealth by fiat. In the end, big brother would own and control most private sector businesses; so when they call their movement Occupy Wall Street, they mean it literally.
Marxism-Leninism would also purge society of anything considered upper-class, free market, or religious. Wish to debate it? That's not possible either. There can be no opposition to Communist-Lenninist rule and no room for other political parties. Divergent opinions must come from vetted politicians only within the same communist party. Does this sound like a view representative of the 99% of America?
Most Americans want political pluralism, religious liberty, and a free market. We don't want government telling us how much we can make, when we must buy, and what we can own. Most Americans - although not always happy with the richest 1% - understand they create jobs. Their accomplishments also provide a blueprint of hope for those who desire to go from rags to riches.
This transcendent ideal of the American Dream is why immigrants come far and wide risking life and limb to enter the United States. Even with its ups and downs, our free market economy is the best in the world and favored over economies run by government. As a spokesperson/leader of Occupy Milwaukee, Zombor's ambition is to transform our democratic government into a communistic dictatorship. I say no thanks to Occupy Milwaukee; we can do without that type of reform.