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Occupy Movement To Hold National General Assembly In Philadelphia July 4, 2012 « CBS Philly   1 comment

Has Occupy Wall Street always planned to  ‘occupy’ a slightly bigger turf?

C.B.S. News reports that

plans are found in a document posted online by an “Occupy Wall Street” working group, titled “The 99 Percent Declaration.” The document proposes a National General Assembly to be held in Philadelphia starting on July 4th, 2012

A non representative sample of ex hippies, anarchists, frustrated, debt laden publicly educated college students, a smattering of Communists, and sundry upset ‘average folk’, heavily organized and gleefully compensated by Big Labor says their

 Assembly would operate similarly to the original “Committees of Correspondence” — the Founding Fathers who met in Philadelphia prior to what the group refers to as “the first American Revolution.

OWS’s month-long siege has resulted in hundreds of arrests across the country for violent, disruptive, criminal behavior.

Philadelphia’s Mayor states

We need to better understand what it is they want to do, where and what it’s all about. But I welcome the discussion.

His statement is suggestive that OWS has not made any official contact with the city, and the message and the intent of Occupy Wall Street cannot be more clear.

Questioned about potential unrest when OWS’ Philadelphia wing must relocate themselves in a month, the City’s Managing Director Rich Negrin responded

That’s the kind of showdown that some folks would like. That’s a minority of the folks. In large part, they’ve been incredibly cooperative. (But) there are small groups who infiltrate the ranks, like the anarchists and others, who don’t care about the government, just care about chaos. Let’s hope those folks are not in the majority.

Negrin is hoping for too much.

An unruly crowd with a violent streak  openly calling itself, by inference, a “revolution”?

Has Occupy Wall Street forgotten about the Tea Parties, a roughly three-year old,  non violent Constitutionally minded movement? Of course they haven’t. OWS is capitalizing on the Tea party’s success, while displaying none of that movement’s principled behavior or goals.

The fundamental difference between the Tea Parties and these ‘Occupier’s’ cannot be more stark. The Tea Parties have dedicated themselves to cementing  the Republic back on its Constitutional foundation. Occupy Wall Street, on the other hand, disingenuously clubs the nation over the head with the flawed symbolic nature of “The 99 Percent Declaration” and plans for a ‘National Assembly.

OWS clearly has no fidelity to the Constitution. OWS wishes instead to dismantle it. OWS presents itself as the philosophical, political, and moral doppelgänger of the Tea Party Movement.

It certainly is.

One group is a recognizably non violent group of Constitutionalists dedicated to a Republic of United States. The other is a radical group of ‘occupiers’ calling for revolution with a  tendency towards violence, an open loathing for free markets, and an apparent willingness to evade the role the State has played in creating the excess they decry.

These ‘occupiers’ ignore Government’s role in the nation’s financial crisis because they intend to take the government over.

They seek to occupy much, much broader turf.

The radical moving bodies who call themselves ‘Occupy…(fill in the blank)’ are not a revolution, nor are they a political movement. ‘Political movement’ presupposes agreed upon and understood political concepts and a coherent set of moral and practical terms or goals.

The goal of OWS is obvious. It is neither moral nor practical — except through force — which OWS clearly has no problem using to obtain its goal. [warning: link contains explicit language]

With it’s violence, it’s arrogance, and its contempt for 200 years of America’s history and Her (albeit flawed, but fixable) institutions, Occupy Wall Street is not a movement, it is a coup.

Occupy Movement To Hold National General Assembly In Philadelphia July 4, 2012 « CBS Philly.

as previously published on examiner.com [local edit]

Posted October 20, 2011 by cchashadenough in Philosophy

With friends like this…   2 comments

as published on examiner.com

This week Freshman House member Jeff Landry (R-LA) displayed political courage and an understanding of the irrationality that lies in ethical compromise. Landry chose not to provide President Obama moral sanction and refused to  join his GOP colleagues in their sit down with President Obama over the federal budget.

Congressman Landry articulated the reasons for his decision, saying

I don’t intend to spend my morning being lectured to by a president whose failed policies have put our children and grandchildren in a huge burden of debt

Understanding that the GOP have  the rational, moral,  and practical arguments in their favor and have nothing to gain from talks with Obama, Landry gave further clarity for his rejection of the Obama invite, saying

I’m not going to the White House to negotiate with myself

Refusing to provide moral cover for the President, Landry declared he would not

partake in his [Obama’s] political grandstanding that will ultimately do nothing for debt reduction and job creation

Landry clearly understands  a philosophical premises  championed by philosopher Ayn Rand:  in any collaboration between two or more parties holding opposite principles. it is the irrational side which will win.

In the meantime, back in May,  Times Union Editor cum wannabe ethicist Rex Smith displayed the philosophical root of ethical compromise, the idea that there is a fundamental breach between the practical and the moral. He also displayed the ethical evasiveness and the  inevitable smuggling in of moral premises that is part and parcel of Pragmatism’s techniques.  Pragmatism is of course  a political theory that has neither morality not practicality on its side.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted June 4, 2011 by cchashadenough in Philosophy

A common problem: why the media matters   Leave a comment

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Conservative and liberal “commentators” (read: opinion hacks who pretend they are journalists) love a good scandal, controversy, or public disagreement. When they can’t find one, they make one up with the old stand by of “X is raising eyebrows”, all the while  conveniently failing to identify any actual individuals whose eyebrows have been set high upon the forehead.  The Left is aghast at Conservatives at Fox and other outlets who are atwitter over what Conservatives view as the latest in a long line of poor reasoning and outright poor taste from the White House. Of course,  one must ask when aren’t Conservatives incensed over the actions of liberals?.

The political and media Left wishes to have the public believe that First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House  invite to hip hop artist Common, and his subsequent visit, is just one of those ginned up controversies.

The Liberal left insists that Common’s visit is a non sequiter.  Online supporters of this view go so far as to suggest that the invite was a baiting game: invite the most innocuous black artist one can find so as to drive those big old bigots on the Right into a tizzy.

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And the reviews are in….   1 comment

as published on examiner.com

Reviews by a critic with the caliber of Roger Ebert, half of what was the most noteworthy film critic team of the past twenty-five years; venerable critic of the Chicago Sun Times, these reviews are not a small matter. The opinions of critics such as these are not to be taken lightly, nor treated as if they have not occurred.

Roger Ebert and his fellow critics can make or break a film. They are the moderating voice and minds for America’s movie attendees, helping movie pickers sift the chaff from the wheat to determine the best film on which to lay their ten bucks.  They also help movie goers understand, amid the din of post film theater chatter and concession stand sticker shock, just what they saw up on the screen.

Such worshipful views of professional criticism are held only by those who read reviews and expect enlightenment and a release from the responsibility of making informed, rational judgments. Such are positions usually held by those who accept at face value a critic’s coronation (or execution) of a film, and are unwilling to express or experience independent thought.

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With a shrug (originally published at “Just a thought”   Leave a comment

[Originally published at “Just a Thought — Mental Illness Meets Common Sense”]

Today is April 15th.  It is Tax Day, 2011 [tax day actually moved up a few days, but you get the picture]. With it comes the release of Atlas Shrugged The Movie Part One.

I’ve been a fan of the novel Atlas Shrugged and a student of Ayn Rand’s philosophy for nearly twenty years.

Objectivism has allowed me to shrug off  what should have been a completely  debilitating illness.  Without Objectivism it is doubtful I would have maintained full employment, written a book, maintained a home, or be writing this or anything else.  My ability to manage a foot and a half in reality and reason – via Objectivism, mitigates against much of the effects of my schizophrenia. Read the rest of this entry »

On Palin (and Bachman, O’Donnell, Coulter etc.) derangement   Leave a comment

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Once again, the Left’s attack dogs in media and entertainment continues their campaign against female conservatives (and women in general) by substituting misogynistic schoolyard name calling for reasoned debate and skipping genuine criticism for the sake of elitist, nitpicking  faux outrage over verbal gaffes.

In response to the messiness of recent misogynist ad hominems against Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, and others by an illustrious line up of reasoned, critical political scholars that include second rate comedians and fifth rate nearly unemployable wannabe journalists (Bill Maher, George Lopez, and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, leading Conservatives miss the big picture.

Many Conservatives are baffled by what has become known as Palin Derangement; a bizarre fixation by the Left on all things female and Conservative.  many cannot grasp the reason that intelligent, beautiful, Conservative women fill the Left with dread.

In their columns for Fox News.com writers Penny Young Nance and Angela Tantaros offer the usual Conservative talking points — a mixture of bewilderment, genuine insight, and evasive sidestepping of the main issue. Read the rest of this entry »

keeping em’ on their toes   Leave a comment

Wisconsin Senator hiding out over the border thought he’d hide from his job…not so much

Video courtesy of the Rock Ford Tea Party (on youtube)