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#OccupyFail: Why a 'Kent State Moment' Can't Happen Today


About a month ago, MSNBC hack and noted anti-hispanic racist Donny Deutsch said what the Occupy Wall Street mutants (what I affectionately call them) needed is a “Kent State moment.” That is a reference to the shooting deaths of 4 Kent State students in Ohio at an anti-war riot by the National Guard on May 4th, 1970. The photo of a screaming woman standing over one of the bodies became one of the iconic moments of the time and helped turn public sentiment to the side of the protesters.

It led to a popular song by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and all manner of public outrage.

These “Occupy” mutants would like nothing more than to repeat that, especially now that the liberal Public Policy Polling firm found their movement to be less popular than the body lice with which they are infested.

But in the age of the Internet and camera phones, that’s just not possible.

In 1970 there were just 3 television networks, filming events was rare, grainy and encumbered by bulky, expensive equipment. A photograph, like one iconic one from Kent State, had no context beyond what a writer gave it. That’s no longer the case.

Everyone has a camera, video is not in short supply, context can no longer be given extemporaneously. If and when violence breaks out from the “Occupiers,” who’ve pledged to shut down parts of major cities around the country tomorrow, they won’t be able to spin the context of their actions beyond what is already on the public record.

When a protester says “You’re going to see what a Molotov Cocktail can do to Macy’s” on camera, their intentions are clear. The continual flow of threats of violence, and acts of violence, from these mutants is well documented online. They’re proud of it. That wasn’t the case in 1970.

While the threats and actions were there, President Obama’s good friend Bill Ayers and his Weather Underground terrorists were just one of many groups engaging in terrorists attacks against the United States, the all important look inside the mind of those people wasn’t.

Radicals back then were paranoid, refusing to speak their intentions freely in front of anyone but their most trusted inner circle. Their public pronouncements were more measured and filled with what they determined to be digestible, acceptable statements. They were crazy, but they weren’t stupid. They knew the American people would never support their radical agenda, so they hid it. That is not the case today.

The narcissism of today’s radicals doesn’t afford them the consciousness of the unpopularity of their agenda. This comes from the radicals in academia who present only one side of issues and pop culture that relentlessly reinforces the lies they’ve been told. For those who’ve never questioned what they were told, accepted it whole-cloth, never stepping outside the liberal bubble, seeing what they were told reinforced everywhere they looked gave them an arrogance of false righteousness their forefathers didn’t have.

That’s why they live stream their meetings nightly. That’s why the gleefully embrace the “human microphone,” not thinking the stripping of individuality would be disconcerting to a nation founded on rugged individualism.

Yes, their fellow travelers in the mainstream media have done their best to conceal their violence, their threats and their general creepiness, but they’ve bypassed the traditional media because they arrogantly assumed “We the People” were on their side. But the more we saw, the more disgusted we became.

The Internet and the camera phone, the very devices they thought would be their most valuable tool in spreading their message to the masses, is their ultimate downfall.

No one will have sympathy for anyone killed or injured by police in a riot if there is video of people calling for violence and riots against police beforehand. If there is video of people making threats, engaging in violence, calling the police “pigs!” That doesn’t fly in the modern age.

So by the time the “National Day of Action” starts tomorrow, this minority of mutants has already damaged their “brand” beyond repair. The iconic image of the “Occupy” movement will never be a screaming woman over a dead body, it will forever be a man defecating on a police car, windows of businesses being broken or any number of other offensive things willingly and deliberately done and said on camera for the world to see.

In the end, the worst enemy of the “Occupy” mutants was not the establishment, it wasn’t Wall Street, it wasn’t Fox News, it wasn’t Republicans, it was they, themselves.

In 1971, John Kerry famously asked “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?” Similarly, how can these “occupiers” ask, no hope, someone is the first to die for their’s?

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