Wall Street Days of Rage has mushroomed into Occupy Wall Street. Today it’s not enough just to demonstrate, you must also give the event a name. And don’t forget to bring the fun stuff. After all, it’s more about the Coors than it is about the Cause.
One wonders how many of the Occupy Wall Street crowd took the day off from work to occupy the bridge. Work? Did I just hear someone laugh? How much would you bet on the chance that their unemployment rate is a hefty multiple of the rate for Tea Party demonstrators? Work is about contribution; the motto here is distribution not contribution. And what was the point of shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge? One demonstrator said she thought they were welcomed by the police.
What brought the Wall Streeters out? And why now? Santelli’s Rant inspired the Tea Party. It’s Obama’s Rant that inspired the Wall Street attack. Santelli’s outburst was serendipitous, a one time event. Obama’s rants, on the other hand, are well planned out and repeated again and again in prepared speeches.
Saul Alinsky’s prime rule for radicals is strategy number thirteen, “Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it”. The President chose a perennial favorite for a target, Wall Street. He freezes it by staying on point, hammering away, hammering away. He personalizes it with “fat cat” and “corporate jet” remarks and polarizes it with a constant stream of agitation from the presidential bully pulpit. It’s one thing he does very well.
As an agitator, the man is a genius. As a president, he is a disgrace.