Poll: Public divided over Occupy Wall Street
posted at 4:47 pm on October 28, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
A new poll released jointly by the Pew Research Center and Washington Post reveals that the American public, once described as “bullish” on the anti-Wall Street protests, has lost some of its appetite for the movement. Opinion is not quite evenly split, but it is close.
According to the poll, 39% support the Occupy movement, while 35% oppose it. The numbers are not markedly different from the public’s view of the much-maligned Tea Party, which is supported by 32% of Americans and opposed by 44%.
So what accounts for the loss of enthusiasm? By way of an answer, consider that shortly after OWS came into existence six weeks ago (I know, it seems much longer), MSNBC’s Ed Schultz mused that the protest was like the Tea Party but without the racism or violence.
Events in the intervening weeks have contradicted Schultz’s analysis. Hundreds of protesters have been arrested, many for throwing bottles and bricks at police—acts that some might consider violent. Clashes in Oakland between police in riot gear and protesters became so intense that force was needed to quell agitators. Bean bag rounds and tear gas were fired.
The protesters have imposed so great a drain on resources and a burden on residents that the cities of Oakland and Atlanta, both led by Democratic mayors who once publicly supported OWS, have decided to evict their Occupiers.
The Jews commit more white collar crime than any other ethnic group on the earth, and they go unprosecuted because they can buy their way out of it.
But that slur is child’s play compared with statements issued by OWS’s latest supporter, former KKK grand wizard and U.S. congressman David Duke.
In a video about the Occupy Wall Street protests, Duke cheers “the men and women on the streets condemning the international banks that hold America financially hostage.” And who are the people who run those banks and hold the country hostage? Here’s Duke:
The naked truth is that real political power is held by AIPAC and the Zionist money kings and the Zionist banksters. And now the Zionist media has their paid whores condemning the demonstrations across America against these criminal banks and Wall Street insiders. Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, and all the rest of the controlled goyishe conservatives on mainstream media tell us how we have to defend Wall Street and defend these criminal banks.
Putting aside the charm of a virulent Jew hater dropping the occasional yiddishism for effect, Duke is wrong. I can’t name a single voice on the right, goyishe or otherwise, who has called upon fellow conservatives to defend Wall Street or the banking industry. Rather, the criticism of OWS, tactics aside, has been that they are barking up the wrong tree. The changes they seek can only come from government.
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