In case you missed it, Occupy Milwaukee made its big debut on Saturday protesting in the streets of downtown Milwaukee. The reason? Don't ask them because they don't know yet. A day after they launched their campaign, a group of 60 activists from Occupy Milwaukee attended a general assembly in an attempt to flesh out who and what they are. Conclusion? They need another meeting.
Despite not nailing down an official stance, it hasn't stopped liberal advocacy group "One Wisconsin Now" (OWN) from pledging their devoted solidarity. Unlike Occupy Milwaukee, One Wisconsin Now is certain about where they stand and why they are willing to join. For instance, OWN has taken the lead on recalling Governor Scott Walker. It would very advantageous for them to tap into Occupy Milwaukee's vitality while converting it into something like Occupy Wisconsin.
One Wisconsin Now (OWN) hasn't been bashful about their agenda either. In their statement of support for Occupy Milwaukee, they claimed Wisconsin's midterm election was really an "anti-democratic takeover of state government by corporate special interests," that Governor Walker had "dismantled public education," and that he had stolen their voting rights. Oh, and we shouldn't neglect the part that Walker stole "our children's futures" as well. An assessment of OWN's supportive statement shows it had more to do with criticizing Walker than supporting some nebulous occupation movement.
Of the several charges made by OWN, only the first one attempts to bridge the concerns of the Occupation movement with their own political agenda. Their attempt is fairly anemic since corporate interests tend to affect partisan elections on both sides of the political aisle; it is not a solid rationale for eliciting the participation of Occupy Milwaukee in a Walker recall.
One Wisconsin Now wants to tap into the rage that drives movements like Occupy Milwaukee for a recall agenda. Wisconsin's unions appear to be on the same page. Wisconsin's AFL-CIO is encouraging their members to attend occupations of 7 Wisconsin cities listing times and places to join the movement. But if One Wisconsin Now and the AFL-CIO wish to join, they should get used to working cheek-to-cheek with the American Nazi Party, the Communist Party USA, and the Socialist Party USA.
The American Nazi Party issued a statement declaring that Occupy Wall Street was hand-tailored for their organization. They are actively urging their members to join the movement. The Socialist Party USA issued a statement that they support any "mobilizations to occupy Wall St. in New York and various cities across the US." The Communist Party USA said on their website,
"The epic battle is underway for the direction of our country. The Occupy movement is not alone. The remarkable battles of Wisconsin and Ohio for workers' rights; and the extraordinary American Dream movement for jobs not cuts, taxing the rich and ending the wars represent the largest social movements of our times."
Not surprisingly, Occupy Wall Street is a recycled movement. In 1872, various socialist parties and labor unions allied with anarchists to oppose the U.S Government. Socialists opposed the federal government because they weren't doing enough to nationalize private sector businesses. Anarchists opposed it because all government is inherently evil and should be promptly overthrown and dissolved. The two organizations had antithetical paradigms, but as the saying goes, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."
When Tea Party demonstrators protested, they were angry and often shouted at their Representatives. Yet there is no doubt that they were clean, responsible, decent, and non-violent. By contrast, Occupy Wall Street protesters have already trashed lower Manhattan, slandered Wealthy Jews, and defecated on at least one squad car.
They also violently clashed with New York Police during their march to the Stock Exchange. According to CBS, demonstrators (with broom handles in hand) had an embroilment with police officers wielding night sticks and batons. Police reported that the conflict occurred when protesters began throwing bottles and bags of garbage at the officers.
And the most recent issue is an allegation of rape at an Occupy Cleveland event. Due to a shortage of tents, Occupy Cleveland personnel instructed a 19 year old student to share a tent with a fellow protester. When she went to sleep, the assailant allegedly raped her. She reported the assault afterward to her teacher.
To be sure, these crimes are isolated incidents at various occupation events. However, if they are not brought under control, they are enough to tear apart the movement. In the last three years that Tea Parties have protested their government, they've done nothing that matches the mess of the Occupation movement has made for itself.
Ideologically, Occupy Wall Street protesters don't just want Wall Street to pay their bills, they don't want a Wall Street at all. If their radical socialist ideology isn't enough to bury the movement first, it is likely that they will collapse under the weight of its own transgressions.