Is it just me or does this sound an awful lot like a certain politics of hope? (minor language warning)
I get up every morning thinking today I’m going to make a difference. Today I’m going to end capitalism. Today I’m going to make a revolution. I go to bed every night disappointed but…I’m back again tomorrow.
If you’re the type that just can’t ever get enough of Ayers and Dohrn, the whole thing is almost an hour long, but probably worth a perusal. I’d be surprised if we don’t see some other clips from this airing next week (you’re welcome Glenn Beck). Watching America’s most famous unrepentant terrorists advise the occupiers on the art of ‘non-violent’ protest should inspire outrage. But then we’ve seen this act before, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds these two retreads increasingly tiresome.
But the fact that this rhetoric has become so mundane is conversely a good reason to wake up and take notice. Because even with Ayers and Dohrn approaching their golden years, it’s clear they are not planning on stopping any time soon. These are people who have dedicated their entire adult lives to bringing about a socialist revolution, and it’s not happenstance that they’ve focused their efforts in recent decades on education. What we are witnessing here is a passing of the baton. And as much as we like to mock the occupiers, it is a movement dedicated to ending capitalism – and it will be coming back soon to a town or city near you.
Let me also weigh in on the relevance of this sort of thing to the upcoming election. Certainly the president’s record in office should be the primary focus, and obviously there isn’t much there to his credit. But let’s not forget that the Obama campaign and their allies in the media will leave no stone unturned in discrediting the GOP nominee. If a family vacation with dog in tow from 30 years ago is somehow relevant in 2012, then the fact that family friends of the President and First-Lady from the 90’s are spouting off about revolution on the streets of New York is also relevant. So I don’t think we should be timid about pushing this narrative in conservative media. It may actually resonate more than it did in 2008, with the link to OWS and the president’s continued assault on free-enterprise.