By Elisha Dorfsmith
Last week I wrote about how Occupy Flagstaff had been taken over by the Democratic party and other special interest groups. Many occupy protestors were offended at my comments but eventually some realized that there was a bit of validity to what I was saying.
One person who is very involved with the local movement recently posted the following on the Occupy Flagstaff facebook page:
“Moveon.org is trying pretty hard to hijack this movement, especially the portion in Flagstaff. They are sending out invitations to join THEM each Saturday in front of city hall to protest. Just thought this was something we should all be aware of to help our struggle in keeping this NON-PARTISAN.”
I have spent some time talking to many of the protestors (both online and in person) and have discovered that there are quite a few who are as upset at the Democrats as they are with the Republicans. Surprisingly, many understand the difference between corporatism and capitalism and are not opposed to a true free market system.
I did not attend today’s protest but from what I understand, the groups who were trying to turn this into a partisan event did not attend. Looking through pictures of the protest, I didn’t see any of the red and blue signs supplied by the Democrats and the few union signs seemed to be hand drawn. The “astroturf” may return next week but it seems that this week’s event was a refreshing change of pace for the movement.
Here are a few of my favorite signs from today:
End The Federal Reserve! The Federal Reserve is one of the main causes of our economic problems. Thank you Occupy Flagstaff for realizing this.
Anybody who has read Nullification by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
understands the significance of this sign. Many solutions to our problems can be found in the 10th Amendment.
End Corporate Welfare! Let the Banks Fail! That’s Capitalism and not anything like Corporatism. A true free market would take the power away from the corrupt corporations who feed at the government trough.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
This morning I finished reading It Is Dangerous To Be Right When The Government Is Wrong: The Case For Personal Freedom by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano.
Every once in a while I read a book that is so well written and so important it deserves it’s own review on my blog. This is one of those books. Those of you who have read his other titles or seen his show know that the Judge has a brilliant way of articulating freedom and liberty. It Is Dangerous To Be Right just might be Napolitano’s best work to date. That’s saying a LOT!
If you enjoy the liberty issues I discuss in my blog, you will appreciate the material covered in this book. Even before Chapter one (in the introduction) the Judge touches on a wide variety of topics critical to understanding the philosophy of liberty, including natural rights and the non-aggression principle. He also sprinkles in some V For Vendetta quotes.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the Judge touch on several topics recently covered in this blog. Remember my posts about the First Amendment, “time, place, and manner” and “free speech zones”? Napolitano focuses several pages specifically on these subjects, all the while refusing to compromise his stand for liberty.
Other topics in the spotlight include privacy, self ownership, the nanny state, and perpetual war. There is even a section titled The Moral Case for Prostitution.
Few in the mainstream media dare to address and expose the deliberate destruction of personal freedom by our government. Judge Andrew P. Napolitano bravely defends individuals from government intrusion in a way that is both educational and thought provoking.
It’s time to WAKE UP America. We are no longer free.
I have only scratched the surface in this review but I hope I was at least able to encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and read it for yourself.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
What seems to have started as a legitimate movement has now turned into a power struggle as special interest groups try to hijack “Occupy Wall Street” protests and turn them into a platform to promote big government programs. Some people I talk to still think these protests are 100% grassroots but the recent rally in Flagstaff is proof positive that these events are being taken over by powerful special interest groups. All one has to do is look at the signs the protestors are holding and connect the dots to which organizations they represent.
Simply put, this is “astroturf” and NOT even remotely grassroots.
Earlier today I posted my thoughts on the Progressive Democrats of Northern Arizona’s Facebook page and commented on some of the signs in their pictures. Within minutes, I was banned and blocked and my comments were deleted. Apparently the truth hurts and some people don’t want it getting out.
Here are a few of the signs from the Flagstaff event:
More union astroturf.
Democratic party (Progressive Democrats of America) astroturf.
Somebody forgot to check and see how many rich evil guys and corporations are making big $$$ on Obamacare?
Dude, I thought Obama gave you health care?
Greedy people like Michael Moore who earned $19.8 million dollars on a single film and complained he didn’t get enough?
Alright, I will give credit where credit is due. The person holding the End The Fed sign has it right. If these protestors want to fight a legitimate fight they should focus their energy on the Federal Reserve. I’d join them in a heartbeat.
Earlier this year I wrote about the agenda of some of the groups at these protests. That article should help shed some light on what is happening today:
Flag Progressives Push For Constitutional Amendment
10/12/2011 UPDATE: I have officially been banned from the Occupy Flagstaff facebook page for defending the tea party and criticizing public unions. My positive comments about ending corporate welfare, ending the Federal Reserve and ending the wars have all been removed. Ironically, they claim that they are an inclusive movement.
10/15/2011 UPDATE: Attended the Occupy Flagstaff protest today and handed out lots of Ron Paul end the FED literature and had several very productive conversations. I was surprised to find that many protestors support ending the FED and are big supporters of Ron Paul. Several people wanted Ron Paul bumper stickers.
That said, there were still a lot of Dems there trying to push their agenda and several times we were yelled at and told to leave. They seemed to be frustrated that people were listening to what we had to say rather than submitting to their agenda.
To sum it up, there is some “astroturf” trying to hijack the movement but there are also many others who are open to learning more about the truth. Where this movement goes is anybody’s guess but I was encouraged by the people I talked to today.