Within the last 24 hours significant, credible information has been received by this reporter indicating that the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement may be a mere prelude to mass violence in the streets of the U.S. One source, a political operative with connections in both Parties who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that he fears widespread civil unrest associated with the movement–unrest that could potentially lead to dire consequences regarding the 2012 Presidential election.
That sounds ominous. Tell us more!
Those fears are becoming increasingly common as shown by the number of persons calling into radio talk shows expressing their concern about the ‘Occupy’ movement and its potentially subversive aims. Rumors concerning the spread of violence and civil unrest prior to the 2012 Presidential election have been running rampant on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Um, people calling into AM talk shows about rumors on Twitter & Facebook — that’s your next paragraph? Seriously? 🙄
The rest of it is a merry mix of fact and suspicion and fear-mongering, certainly worth dissecting.
The thing is, the vagueness of OWS in stating its goals, and its lack of transparency in its leadership, in its self-regulation, as well as the way so many of the protestors themselves seem determined to live up to the worst stereotypes of “The Left” — all this is perfect for inviting The Right to project it’s worst fears on them.
If OWS does have the goal of stoking The Right’s worst fears, it’s certainly doing a good job. If that is not their goal, they should do something about more clearly defining what they want and what methods they will and will not use to get them. Either clean up their act, get rid of the vile elements of sexism, anti-semtism, anarchy and violence, or expect more of the public to start listening the to what The Right is saying about them.