Obama Heckled For Allowing Police Brutality Against Protesters

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The mainstream Democratic party is trying to co-opt Occupy Wall Street, and the Democratic party machinery is trying to turn OWS into a Democratic fundraising campaign. And see this.

But the Occupy supporters dislike Obama and the mainstream Democratic party, just as they dislike the mainstream Republican party. See this, this, this and this.

Indeed, OWS protesters in New Hampshire just heckled Obama for turning a blind eye while thousands of peaceful protesters have been arrested - and hundreds have been attacked with batons, pepper sprayed or otherwise brutally suppressed - for exercising their constitutional rights:

As I noted last month:

Everyone’s trying to cash in on the courage and conviction of the Wall Street protesters.

People are trying to associate Occupy Wall Street with their pet projects, in the same way that advertisers try to associate the goodwill of the Super Bowl, NBA playoffs, World Series or Olympics with their product.

But I hear from OWS organizers that the protesters come from totally diverse political affiliations. Many protesters support Ron Paul, many like Obama, others are for other parties or candidates or don’t vote at all.

The protesters themselves are having none of it, tweeting today:

We don’t want to be the democratic tea party or liberal tea party. We want to be our own movement separate of any political affiliation.

[A]nother tweet from the protesters:

We don’t represent liberal interests nor are we the liberal tea party. We represent the interest of the 99%


And Obama and the mainstream Democrats - while pretending they support the Occupy protesters - are working against everything they stand for.

The Democratic politicos backing OWS are funded by Wall Street.

As I noted last month:

Obama is pretending that he supports the 99%.

But Obama has raised more from Wall Street than anyone else. He is bought and paid for.

Mr. Obama has appointed the very Wall Street insiders who helped cause the financial crisis to top posts. See this, this, this and this.

He thinks that high unemployment is a good thing.

Obama – just like the other pimps in D.C. – has institutionalized fraud as an official (if unspoken) party platform.

Americans want our liberties restored, our troops brought home, and the Fed reined in. But Obama has implemented plans for war throughout the Middle East crafted by the Neoconservatives a decade (or more) ago, and gotten us into 7 (oops …8) wars, attacked our liberties even more than Bush and allowed the Fed to dramatically expand its powers.

Americans didn’t want bailouts, but Obama helped to facilitate trillions in direct and hidden bailouts.

Obama doesn’t support the 99%. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

As Yves Smith notes:

A saying I learned in Caracas: “A politician is someone who gets in front of a mob and tries to call it a parade.”


Forget what you’ve been taught … the mainstream Democrats and mainstream Republicans are virtually identical on all core matters. Don’t fall for the old divide-and-conquer trick.

Note: Democratic congressman Deutch just introduced a bill called the Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy (OCCUPIED) Amendment, which would remove money from campaigns and specify - as the Founding Fathers intended - that corporations aren't people. While I haven't yet analyzed the bill, this seems like a great piece of legislation. As such, the mainstream Democrats - and their Wall Street backers - will fight it tooth and nail.

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Temporalist's picture

Don't forget this little treasure from Madame Secretary:

Ray McGovern dragged out of Hillary Clinton "Freedom Speech"


Yardfarmer's picture

the undiscerning and unquestioning acceptance by the likes of such self proclaimed cognoscenti as GW and the usually astute James Quinn of this ridiculous and pathetic charade being played out on the streets displays a particularly and painfully bald intellectual blind spot peculiarly common to those who, besides spending a little too much time instructing the massa confusa with a mostly self acknowledged prescience from the vantage of various highly abstracted internet bully pulpits, like many left intellectuals in service to their presumably innate moral superiority, have abandoned not only the rigorous discipline necessary to true intellectual culture but basic common sense as well. in doing so they display the same embarrassing and shallow juvenility of the ill disciplined mobocracy indulging in the shameless exhibitionism masquerading as "free speech" which they so mindlessly extol. perhaps in their blind search for answers to the seemingly irresolvable quandary into which our society is dissolving, they have taken a leap of faith into that anarchic maelstrom which is rapidly and increasingly becoming the last resort of not only usually discerning individuals, but particularly a hopelessly misdirected disenfranchised lumpen proletariat whose motives mostly verge on the pathological. it wouldn't take much for such quixotic crusaders to descend from their high minded yet mistaken idealism long enough to recognize the obvious manipulation of an aimless throng seething in the contradictory currents of a what is obviously a national psychosis of epic proportions. http://kushmonster.blogspot.com/2011/11/national-security-beta-test-at-z...



Ponzi Unit's picture

Did you write that with a word generator?

lindenlee's picture

Yes, with my brain, the best word gen I know of.. LOL.

lindenlee's picture

Deutch is my CongressCritter. This bill is all about reversing the SC decision in Citizens United, thorugh a CONSTITUTIONAl AMENDMENT. This is about stripping corporations of "personhood".

This will ONLY prohibit corporate contributions to campaigns, but NOT restrict unions (who are huge contributors to his campaign, along with Big Ag, lawyers, and real estate interests). There is NO restriction for them.

Don't be fooled by this ultra-leftist claptrap. He and Wasserman-Schulz are secret twins. And he takes every opportunity in his district communications, to demonize and denigrate those independent-minded business people who make our economy possible, just as Oblahblah does. Read the text. It's all about shutting people up.


ebworthen's picture

The Supreme Court sanctioning Corporate campaign contributions is all you need to know.

Politics is the distraction.

Politics is the Opiate of the People.

The majority of politicians on the left and the right are simply mandarins serving the kleptoligarchy; and "We the People" are the serfs.

oldnbroke's picture

@ WeeWillie,One comes to mind ----Waco!

JustACitizen's picture

Our Corporate President in Chief certainly deserves to be heckled.

OWS is at least protesting the corruption - bless them all.

Withdrawing your fiat currency from the corporatocracy is a good thing too.

I really hope that the economy just collapses under the weight of it's own b.s.

Carlyle Groupie's picture

Part of the OWS movement is clearly against the joo rape, pillage, and destruction of the moral fabric of this country. Without even going to a protest you can tell this by the news casters, Rush, and the like who are paid to discredit them because they do not want this country to waken to the reality or Matrixmerika.

Suppress this movement NOW! We cannot risk the sheeple awakening. Add more Fluoride! Add more Fluoride!

Weisbrot's picture

he handled the heckling better than almost anyone could have

this round was his - he owned it

Ponzi Unit's picture

If by that you mean he handled it like a slick pimp, yeah maybe. He is a shill, a cipher, a placeholder.

Face it, some of us work in de field, some of us work in de house, but we all be slaves to this crafty system.

TheAkashicRecord's picture

I think he could handle it better by not being a pawn.  At least the Republicans are honest with themselves.

Chuck Walla's picture

The title to this story alone is instructive. What is Obama? Our King?  When did the Federal government become the national government wherein all matters, no matter how mundane, are handled by the inside traders cheating everyone for their own benefit?

Weisbrot's picture



the US Congress is the ultimate insider trading club

dont expect the crooks in charge to go after the crooks they feed on




Fozzy Slippers's picture

I hope the whole fucking thing emplodes. Let chaos reign. That's the only way these moronic asshole parasitic droolers can be purged from this nation.

If they flash mob your store, lock the door and spray the fuckers with some 223 or 7.62.

Smokey1's picture

OWS is a collection of crybaby, self-entitled college age losers and sixties era hippies who are consumed with class envy and deplorable hygiene.

Drug-abusing ne'-er-do-wells, anarchist, anti-semite psychopaths. They do not have a clue what they are protesting and their only goal is to get something for nothing.

The college kids foolishly took out student loans they couldn't afford and now it is everyone else's fault. The majority of the rest of the protestors took out home equity loans to pay for vacations, plasma tvs, and new cars. Now they whine because their actions have consequences.

Fuck OWS.

StychoKiller's picture

I know you are, but what are they?

Be prepared to see yer strawmen torn to shreds! :>D

Ponzi Unit's picture

Wake up, Smokey -- it's about the debt-based monetary system and the slavery it creates. Hint: you are the slave.

Chuck Walla's picture

OWS is a bunch of Feral Dogs, bought and paid for by the 1%, George Soros. And like feral strays, they shit out doors and fuck outdoors.  They eat the trash rather than do something useful. How is anyone to respect those with such low self-esteem, the expectations of a pet crying for its food or to be let in?

StychoKiller's picture

I'm pretty sure that a 24/7 camera focused on YOU would catch some footage of you picking yer nose at the bare minimum!  Check your premises.

TheAkashicRecord's picture

I see this irrational critique of the OWS movement spewing out of the right-wing blowhards everywhere.  Please note to those right-wing blowhards reading this, that does not make me a Democrat.  Not accepting the theocratic, warmongering, neofeudal-type economics coming from the Republican party does not make me a Democrat.

This critique commonly says that they don't know what they are protesting for ...


//They do not have a clue what they are protesting// 

And then goes on to say something like this ...

//their only goal is to get something for nothing//


Implying that is the reason they are protesting 

And you did that in the SAME FUCKING SENTENCE!

Do you understand why your critique is riddled with fallacies?  



I am anti-corporatism and I support OWS.  I am under no delusion that the State or its regulatory mechanisms (which are captured) offer an effective counterweight to corporate interests.  I also am not under the delusion that corporate interests in and of themselves will bring humanity to a golden age.   

My policy when it comes to the State intervening in the private sector is

"let the chips fall"

The chips falling is the process of a new equilibrium being created.  It is the creative destruction that Schumpter talked about.  That force has been extinguished by the State, in collaboration with its corporate financiers.  I draw no distinctions between loan guarantees for Solyndra and bailing out financial institutions.  


Willzyx's picture

ZH has seen an influx of right wingers who seem to think this site is an underground version of Fox News

ebworthen's picture


I am sorely disappointed with the right wing blowhards for allowing the Tea Party to be co-opted by the media as a "conservative" movement (lots of liberals like property rights and free speech too) and for painting OWS as nothing but brat hippies of the 21st century.

Where are Rush and Beck and Hannity when it comes to protecting property rights, no bailouts for TBTF banks, prosecuting theft and malfeasance (a la Corzine, Solyndra, Barney Frank, Christopher Dodd, Fannie/Freddie, etc., etc.)????

They have run like rabid dogs with the "OWS is a front for the liberal agenda" bone.


TheAkashicRecord's picture

//OWS is a front for the liberal agenda//

Yes, I do agree, and though their ideology seems to be left-populism as opposed to the right-populism of the tea party, they are not some sort of Democratic party Obama front group.

We should base our opinions off of numbers, when they are available.

The two surveys done show :

 "Among other striking findings, Codero-Guzmán discovered that 70 percent of the survey’s 1,619 respondents identified as politically independent, far-and-away the vast majority, compared to 27.3% Democrats and 2.4% self-identified Republicans."

Schoen’s survey recorded that the largest group of respondents, 33 percent, “do not identify with any political party,” followed by 32 percent that identified Democratic and zero respondents who identified Republican. A further 21 percent, again the largest cohesive group, said “both parties” were to blame for the “failure to address our problems.”

As Rutkoff found, ” according to the survey data, just 56% of protesters voted in 2008, and of those 74% voted for Obama. Crunching the numbers, it would appear that only 42% of the Zuccotti Park crowd has ever cast a presidential ballot for Obama.”



I was for the Tea Party pre-co-option, I remember Santelli's epic rent like it was yesterday ... 


The media, Republicans, and Democrats fear new narratives being created, they want to place them within pre-existing power systems because it neuters them.  You see another crtiticism on the right telling these people they should protest by going to vote, yeah, because that fucking works.  After the near seemless policy continuty between Obama-Bush, voting for change is almost a satirical notion.  Carlin would be having a field day with this.

Weisbrot's picture



I am anti corruption - anti corp corruption - anti gov corruption and anti movement corruption

OWS = a corrupt put up bullshit movement drive by those who can not create a thing, they can only destroy and contaminate


if the OWS had any true legitimacy they would have converged on Washington DC while the corrupticians were/are in session and make their claims there.



TheAkashicRecord's picture

You are operating under the assumption that State and Corporation operate as two distinct entities with opposing interests.  

That is why you are wrong.

Check your assumptions.

The only effective counterweight to the corporatocracy can be an awakening people, one that begins to understand the rules of the game and how wealth is being translated into political power to the detriment of the populace.  No true counterweight can exist within "the system," it must be created.   


TheAkashicRecord's picture

Too bad none of these "fakes" would act the other way around.

IE act like you support corporate interests, practice pay-to-play in your home district, throw lavish fundraising parties, those sorts of things ... then all of a sudden, BAM, start going gangbuster and throwing off the chains that corporate influence has over the political process.  Any one from ZH want to be the candidate?

Excise the parasites, zombies, and squids in 2012

falak pema's picture

the us political class is becoming a joke. There is not one who even has the semblance of representing a country of rule of law; they are all so fukked up they can't talk straight like most of the REpugnant crowd or they are bought and sold GS shills like the man in the white washed house. Maybe you should name a technocrats government in DC and replace bernank by Krugman....hahaha...Sorry that's not funny. O'bammy by Michelle would be definitely an improvement! Carla to replace Sark! wow now the world would look different. 

the grateful unemployed's picture

the process smells rotten. Obama pretends to like OWS, "oh come on guys", while he takes money from Wall Street, and the Republican mayor of NY gets tough. Obama doesn't say anything when people are beaten "oh come on guys", showing he is tough on crime: in order to win the swing vote, (assuming OWS is a partisan charade, just like the Tea Party) and not alienate his base while he sells them out, which has been his policy up until this point. in the end he'll do what Bush did, tell Ohio steel workers he was in favor of tariffs, and the next day tell Michigan auto workers we was against them. remember they reelected the shrub and he was even less popular that this guy.

gookempucky's picture

If he ever opened his limo window while being driven around HIS LIPS WOULD BEAT HIMSELF TO DEATH. It is all illusion period.

Franken_Stein's picture

What have all the Tea party clowns achieved in the end ?

Have they influenced any tangible political outcome at all ?

So the bottom line of this whole fucking craze last year is nothing but hot air then ?


All the nice costumes, all the gun presentation and "don't tread on me" flags, all the bottom up storming of the republican establishment, all usurped by fucking Koch brother billionaires, these worthless Nazis from Wichita, Kansas.


What a farce.


We don't need superficial change.

That's no change at all, that's worthless bullshit.

WeeWilly's picture

How about the 2010 elections, Frank? Not taking a stand whether it was good or bad but there is no doubt they had a real impact there...

earnyermoney's picture

Jon Corzine is a Democratic bundler. You watch, every Democrat on that comittee will have their kneepads for Jonnie.

Implicit simplicit's picture

They seem to be upsetting you, and those that think like you; it is worthwhile

moondog's picture

Which Tea Party?

Ron Paul's Tea Party or the Tea Party that the Neo-Cons co-opted?


I supported the small government, anti-war Tea Party before idiots like Palin showed up. Now it needs to be renamed to what it really is - NeoCon ProWar Anti Liberty Party.

Transformer's picture

You got that right./


DING. . . .DING. . . .DING. . . . DING

Smiley's picture

They are "gumming" up the works and obstructing a lot of financial legislation from getting passed.  The Tea Party didn't elect representatives to "do anything" they elected them to PREVENT MORE SPENDING LEGISLATION from getting passed.  If there is a crippling disaster, extended power outage, or civil unrest; you are going to wish you knew a few Tea Party members.

Sudden Debt's picture

Is it the screen of my ipad or is his skintone changing into a yellow tone?

knukles's picture

Jackson 5 Therapy Plan, not covered under YoMammaCare

paint it red call it hell's picture

i dont understand, thats how its done in africa, central america, middle east, and around the mediterranean.



Bagbalm's picture

If pepper spray and clubs don't work they will move on to shooting them dead just like every other government on earth.

Bonus army - Kent State. Need I say more?

WeeWilly's picture

I disagree, Bag. Kent State was a horrible, inexcusable event, as were many of the actions of the police during the civil rights era. But to extrapolate an isolated incident that happened 41 years ago (or the bonus army which was 80 years ago)to present day is not valid imho. Can you give examples from the last 20 years of police turning firearms on innocent protestors? I think your predictions don't hold water.

Bring on the junks!! lol

Ponzi Unit's picture

Haymarket Square, Chicago -- 1886.

A deadly bomb was thrown by an unknown person, discrediting the German anarchists challenging McCormick, et. al.

earnyermoney's picture

I've always thought ZH members touting violence via firemars were agent provacateurs from the various alphabet soup agencies of the U.S. government.

Rainman's picture

you humans are a funny lot

EcoJoker's picture

What a piece of crap