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Oremus begins: "The debate over the Occupy Wall Street protests took on a harsh tenor Friday, with Republican leader Rep. Eric Cantor denouncing the demonstrators as 'mobs' and slamming President Obama for allegedly encouraging them."

House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) addresses the Values Voter Summit, hosted by Family Research Council Action, in Washington, DC, 10/07/11. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) addresses the Values Voter Summit, hosted by Family Research Council Action, in Washington, DC, 10/07/11. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)



GOP Blames Obama for Encouraging Anti-Wall Street "Mobs"

By Will Oremus, Slate

08 October 11

 

Occupy Wall Street: Take the Bull by the Horns


Cantor: "Believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans."

he debate over the Occupy Wall Street protests took on a harsh tenor Friday, with Republican leader Rep. Eric Cantor denouncing the demonstrators as "mobs" and slamming President Obama for allegedly encouraging them.

UPDATE:"This administration's failed policies have resulted in an assault on many of our nation's bedrock principles," he said. "If you read the newspapers today, I for one am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country. And believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans." CBS News has video of his statement, delivered at a conservative "Values Voter Summit" in Washington.

Cantor's remarks came a day after President Obama mentioned the protests sympathetically. In a news conference Thursday, he said, "I think it expresses the frustrations the American people feel, that we had the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, huge collateral damage all throughout the country ... and yet you're still seeing some of the same folks who acted irresponsibly trying to fight efforts to crack down on the abusive practices that got us into this in the first place."

The dust-up makes it clear the protests are evolving into fodder for a partisan battle in Washington, even as some of the protesters insist the movement is independent of the major parties. "We are nonpartisan - we have said from the beginning that we will stay independent," an organizer told the New York Times on Thursday.

Cantor isn't the only one railing against the demonstrations. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has called them "class warfare" and "dangerous," and his rival Herman Cain dismissed them, saying "Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks - if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself."

On the other hand, the Wall Street Journal reports that longshot presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said something quite similar to what Cantor criticized Obama for saying: "I certainly understand the frustration." Santorum added, "I think the answers they have with respect to solve that problem, I would go in a different direction."

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent and a billionaire, lodged his own complaints about the protesters on Friday, the New York Post reports: "What they're trying to do is take the jobs away from people working in this city ... They're trying to take away the tax base we have because none of this is good for tourism."

POST on Thursday at 5:39 p.m.: Are the Occupy Wall Street protests on their way to becoming a more liberal version of the Tea Party movement?

On Thursday, the protests that began in New York three weeks ago continued to spread across the country, with demonstrations either under way or planned in Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Houston and Austin, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Trenton and Jersey City, N.J., among other cities, according to Reuters.

As they spread, the once-grassroots protests are getting encouragement from some very mainstream quarters, including prominent academics, President Obama, and now, even an official from the Federal Reserve. Reuters reports that Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher told a business group, "I am somewhat sympathetic - that will shock you."

Vice President Joe Biden made the Tea Party comparison explicit, saying the two movements had "a lot in common," the Los Angeles Times reports (video included). In both cases, Biden noted, people were rebelling against what they perceive as unfair collusion between government and Wall Street.

The New York protests remain the most contentious, with police arresting 23 demonstrators there on Wednesday, the New York Times reports. Violent clashes between cops and protesters continued to spark controversy, with the New York Daily News posting a video of an officer bragging, "My little nightstick's gonna get a workout tonight."

Meanwhile, "a couple hundred" protesters began an "occupation" of Washington, D.C.'s Freedom Plaza on Thursday, according to the Washington Post. They have vowed to stay there indefinitely, as New York's protesters have done in Zuccotti Park, but they only have a permit to stay until Sunday. CNN points out that New York's demonstrators have been aided by the fact that they're inhabiting a privately owned park, not public property.

One big difference from the Tea Party: The protests have gotten a huge boost from organized labor, which the Tea Party has strongly opposed. The ranks of demonstrators swelled Wednesday largely because of union involvement, ABC News points out.

 

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+157 # tedrey 2011-10-08 11:24
"And believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans." says Cantor. Believe it or not, Cantor has long condoned the cheating, robbing, exploiting, and starvation of Americans by Americans, and is horrified that anyone would be so bold as to begin pointing that out.
 
 
+57 # in deo veritas 2011-10-08 15:14
Cattor is a worthless accomplice to the real mob-the Wall Street predators who have been waging class warfare for decades against the public. He and his kind see the writing on the wall that their time is running out. They had better have an exit strategy-like leaving the country they have done so much to ruin.
 
 
+46 # John Locke 2011-10-08 15:57
I think we can smell the fear from the republicans, Cantor and Romney, Romney sees his big chance evaporating, and Cantor is merely an imbicile, without an intellect...thi s movement has already attracted millions of protestors, when we include the Unions and the people who are providing donations to keep it alive,... we have already won, its just that the imbiciles like Cantor and Romney are to ignorant to see it...the mob mentality is what the republicans and their banker allies are all about, they had the tparty disrupt meetings, these are peaceful protests except for the out of control police...and bloomburg if he wants his tourism back maybe he should consider joining the movement...
 
 
+132 # Bill Clements 2011-10-08 11:33
The hypocrisy! Did Obama blame the GOP for the vile racism of the Tea Party? "Mobs?" Gin it up Cantor. What we've come to expect from you and those who do your bidding: Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Beck, et al.

It's a legitimate movement of ordinary, everyday Americans who have been badly hurt by the obscene greed of Wall Street and the banks.

Republicans cry like stuck pigs when it serves their interests, unable, apparently, to take what they regularly dish out.
 
 
+100 # Kayjay 2011-10-08 12:55
Vice president Biden cites the frustration some protestors feel over the unfair collusion between Wall Street and our government. Isn't that what ALEC represents? It's all about corporate lobbyists who stuff dollars into congressional coffers and suit pockets in order to get a private meeting off the clock. Then the GOP parties and probably some Dems meet to pow wow on how to draft laws to boost corporate profit.
Note To Eric Cantor.... those aren't mobs. They are people expressing their constitutional right to speak and assemble freely. And.... Eric, I imagine your last contact with the Koch brothers went something like this.... Kochs: "Igor"...I mean Eric, I really need you to speak out against those darn MOBS!" Cantor: "Yes, master!"
 
 
+83 # genierae 2011-10-08 13:38
Bravo! It is a wonderful sight to see an American uprising, let it grow across the land until corporate shills such as Eric Cantor, are run out of town on a rail. We are the 99%, and we're not going to take anymore! We're going to build a world of our own, where everyone counts, and the common good comes first.
 
 
+66 # DaveM 2011-10-08 13:49
Keep in mind that the Republicans are the folks who funded the Taliban and called them "Freedom Fighters". The oversaw a military attack on Grenada and called it a "rescue mission". And when the Tea Party takes to the streets, as it's been known to do fairly often, there is nothing but praise from the elephant on the hill.
 
 
+50 # Barbara K 2011-10-08 13:50
Well, now isn't that just like the Greedy Old Pigs?
 
 
+38 # bvinson 2011-10-08 13:55
What would you expect from the GOP? I mean, after all, isn't the GOP in cahoots with Wall Street and the giant corporations to do us in? Naturally, they wouldn't want any flack. F***ing pigs.
 
 
+61 # Doctoretty 2011-10-08 13:59
It's gotten so difficult for me to even listen to this idiocy, let alone try to respond to it. I learned from living with a drinking alcoholic many years ago, that trying to use reason to answer irrationality is an exercise in futility. The only hope is to try to get the right info to those who can still think, so they don't fall for this garbage!
 
 
+22 # dfvboulder 2011-10-08 14:22
Well said.
 
 
+68 # jon 2011-10-08 14:06
Anytime you have Eric Cantor slamming you, you KNOW you have been doing something RIGHT !!!

And to those who say that it won't make any difference if a Republican is elected because of a third party candidate splitting the Democratic vote, think again.

If Eric Cantor, or a similar spoiled brat was in the White House, the OWS demonstrators would be squashed like bugs.
 
 
+16 # KittatinyHawk 2011-10-08 16:52
Kent State comes to mind
 
 
+54 # Ellioth 2011-10-08 14:26
Dear President Obama - time to take off the blinder and gloves. Eric Cantor is just a rabid dog handing you a wonderful opportunity. By embracing the tea party - which is obviously funded by extremely greedy right right wing billionaires and other major Wall Street and corporate elites - he is embracing the 1% of this nation that has it all.

You have the opportunity to embrace and stand tall with the rest of us who also brought you to the dance. There are clearly some of the 1% who believe in you and will provide you with big funding, but not if you don't demonstrate that you get what's really going on here and speak with courage, conviction and compassion.

Time to say goodbye to the party of rabid dogs who want the nation to lose so they can step in and take over. Can you imagine the likes if Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell in charge?

Remember that radical lefty, Dwight Eisenhower - "when the people lead, the leaders will follow". Mr. Obama - are you ready to follow and then lead that which is being created right in front of your eyes? this is your opportunity - take it!
 
 
+44 # Cassandra2012 2011-10-08 14:26
"Fascism should rather be called corporatism, as it is the MERGING of government and corporate power."
Benito Mussolini.

I wonder if Cantor, confessed his sins especially against others today [Yom Kippur]
 
 
+18 # in deo veritas 2011-10-08 15:21
Why confess? The Creator sees the evil he is doing and confessing won't bring forgiveness from God-or us. What they better be doing is helping to get things back in order or else it will become "Bastille Day 2". Even the most patient of peoples have a breaking point!
 
 
+50 # colmo04 2011-10-08 14:46
But Mr. Cantor, it's not Americans vs. Americans; it's Americans against people like you. It's the 99%. Did this go over your head?
 
 
+26 # in deo veritas 2011-10-08 15:23
It is real Americans against the breed of fascist vermin that we fought to destroy in WWII! Maybe different nationality but the same nihilistic goals and amoral creed!
 
 
+29 # lcarrier 2011-10-08 15:20
Eric Cantor is scum, miserable, rotten pond scum. He is the puppet of corporate policies that have strangled our prospects for emerging from this recession--a recession caused by the very corporate interests that Cantor sucks up to. In a just world be would taken out and shot, like any rabid dog.
 
 
+17 # Suavane 2011-10-08 20:20
"Eric Cantor is scum, miserable, rotten pond scum." Ahh!.......he's worse. He's a traitor! He ought to be thrown out of office by the voters in his district then thrown in jail for treason! There, he can join with his two other cohorts: Sen. Mitch McConnel, and beaker of the house - Rep. John Boehner. Others in the "House" should join with them as well.
 
 
+5 # thirteenthpaladin 2011-10-08 15:39
people before capital

the howling mob

the howling mob society

http://howlingmobsociety.org/
 
 
+7 # thirteenthpaladin 2011-10-08 20:45
"In a culture that tells its history through the stories of great men and war heroes, a movement without iconic leaders quietly falls to the wayside. Telling the story of a decentralized social insurrection requires a different approach to history making. It requires that individuals outside the traditional power structure stand up and take responsibility for setting the record straight. The Howling Mob Society seeks to do just that."
 
 
+1 # Doubter 2011-10-11 10:18
Good blog but nothing comes up when I click on "signs, The empty pocket pays, etc." I sent them an email about it.
 
 
+41 # reiverpacific 2011-10-08 15:45
"Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks - if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself."
That says it all to me!
That is the naked-butt-burn ing-in-the-sun confession of the true nature of why this rash of the rashest, crassest, most vilely reactionary Republicans of all time should have the spotlight of their own ingrown, selfish, insular and shallow values shone fully upon their carefully-tanne d and coifed heads so that it is reflected nationally and beyond to mirror their true allegiances, which are with the !
 
 
+19 # 4yourinformation 2011-10-08 16:12
Aren't they just amazing? What a bunch of asses.
 
 
-27 # Tee 2011-10-08 15:50
I can't wait for someone in the movement to start spitting on people like Cantor the way the tea party thugs spat on democratic representatives . Not one republican ojected to this treatment.

How about a crazed Wall street looney taking a gun and mowing down a crowd of republicans like happened to Gabby Grifford in Arizona.

I would have no regrets if a few of the Wall street folks get a little loney on folks like Cantor, Beck, Lumbaugh,etc,.
 
 
+15 # chick 2011-10-08 19:51
These Americans are not looneys. They are peaceful and have proven it over and over even being beaten with night sticks and being maced.

And that is what makes them true heroes.
If they were to do what you suggest it would end the good of the movement and those Repugs can then truly call them a mob. Truthfully I do not tust those Repugs into paying some hoods to do that.

Incidently that is what makes the diffense from the Democrats and Republicans. Those Repugs are hard as nails and do not give a damn for people since they have no heart.
On the other hand most Democrats (with the exception of those blue dogs) have hearts and it takes a little longer for them to fight.

VOTE DEMOCRAT FOR A REAL MAJORITY AND KICK OUT THOSE B-----ds.
 
 
+7 # genierae 2011-10-09 08:58
Amen chick!
 
 
+11 # X Dane 2011-10-08 23:20
Boy, have you got it ALL WRONG, Tee.
The REPUBLICANS are the gun crazed jerks.
They are the ones mowing down innocent people. They are the ones starting wars.
Democrats believe in reasoning
 
 
+29 # jwb110 2011-10-08 16:01
Fascism by definition is the merging of capitol and government.

As for Eric Cantor and his Day of Atonement....it may come sooner than he thinks.
 
 
+9 # Suavane 2011-10-08 20:23
Quoting jwb110:
Fascism by definition is the merging of capitol and government.

As for Eric Cantor and his Day of Atonement....it may come sooner than he thinks.


Let's hope so!
 
 
+1 # Doubter 2011-10-11 10:22
True, but I wish people would stop spelling it as "capitol."
 
 
+19 # 4yourinformation 2011-10-08 16:09
"Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks - if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself." What an absolute ASS! I fucking hate this guy. That is so damned insulting.

What a bunch of MFers!
 
 
+6 # KittatinyHawk 2011-10-08 16:59
Cantor probably hasn't been able to get to the subway toilets lately. Lots of pent up anger in the Pubs and TP not getting their stall moments.

I do not believe the Wall Street Crew give a fig about either Party since both parties have sold us out. This is about Corporate Take over, poor banking practices, printing money we do not have. These People are trying to give America and the World a Wake Up Call.

Get rid of the infiltrators who want violence. Let them go on their own, lawyers getting their names can review their background.

Let's use some of this energy to get ID cards for all. Let's show the Repigs they do not scare us, we will get people out to vote. No excuses for anyone, look up how to do this, work with elections board, even democrat, green and independents to get ID. Repigs will stoop to any level, once you wallow and swallow there is not light at the end of the tunnel for them
 
 
+13 # chick 2011-10-08 19:59
Both parties have not sold us out. This is truly the Repugs blame.

The Dems tried to always compromise to get some good for the people.
If we give them a big majority and not like the last one which was not.
Then we will see a lot of what the Repugs passed eliminated.

Remember they are the ones who want to get rid of or privitize (so the banks can get more) our social security, our Medicare.
Get rid of workmens compensation
Get rid of womens rights. (give her back her body, its hers not anyone elses).
Get rid of minimum wage.
Get rid of bank laws so they can do what they want.
I am running out of words but it is the Repugs not the Democrats who want this.
Vote Democrat.
 
 
+15 # foxglove16 2011-10-08 17:00
"This administration' s failed policies have resulted in an assault on many of our nation's bedrock principles,"

Since when are greed, fraud, recklessness, and usurping the democracy are "bedrock principles"?
 
 
+7 # RICHARDKANEpa 2011-10-08 17:14
I sure hope Canter is right about Obama finally realizing that the people got to organize
 
 
+28 # fhunter 2011-10-08 17:19
Eric is just an insignificant little bedbug [apologies to the bedbugs]. The real problems are the millions of morons, who follow him.
 
 
+14 # MainStreetMentor 2011-10-08 17:42
Every time Cantor speaks, it's after he's removed his foot from his mouth from the LAST time he spoke. Let him rant - he's doing more good for the Democrats than any other single individual on the planet!
 
 
+22 # brianf 2011-10-08 17:56
Cantor should be "concerned". Another difference between these protests and tea-bagger protests: these are bigger, happening in many cities at once, and are not corporate sponsored or manufactured. No big corporate backers are busing people in, no Faux News station is constantly promoting them (they were totally ignored by all but a few like RSN at first).

These are real, and that is why the Republicans, the corporations, Wall Street, and the conservative corporate Democrats should be very concerned. That is also why there is so much mace, nightsticks, etc., which you never saw at a Tea Party rally even though (or because?) they carried guns.
 
 
+12 # antineocon 2011-10-08 18:44
no one mentioned Cantor trying to sepeate out aid to Israel so they can still get out money while Americans suffer, lose our homes and have no jobs. What can the people who vote for the jerk think he is doing? Putting Israel ahead of America?
 
 
+11 # giraffee2012 2011-10-08 20:38
Cantor is insane - just look at him! Vote DEM Vote Obama in 2012. Go to Dem headquarters and get others to go with you to minority, old neighborhoods -- get everybody registered (GOP has targeted Hispanics mostly) -- IDs are free because our elections are free (still) -- get all to use mail-in ballots.

GOP has de-regulated big banks and now they will layoff thousands because they no longer need them for loans -- they are stealing our 401Ks etc. GET YOUR MONEY out of BofA and other 5 big "banks" (it may not be easy but the word is they can/will take it)
 
 
+13 # pernsey 2011-10-08 20:42
Just name me one thing the GOP doesnt blame Obama for?
 
 
+12 # Paul Scott 2011-10-08 22:08
Cantor and other republicans are calling the citizens, calling for the investigation and prosecution of Wall Street crimes, a mob. Anyone referring to these marchers as a mob; should not be in an elective office longer than it takes the voting citizens of their state to do a recall vote.
 
 
+7 # futhark 2011-10-09 10:18
The revolutionaries we were taught in school to revere as "Patriots" were a "mob" to the British colonial powers in the 1770s.

What's the difference?
 
 
+13 # NaaKhal 2011-10-08 22:59
Occupy Wall Street should, therefore, go into all of the Red States especially the rural areas and let the people know that the Republican Party is out to destroy America in eliminating Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security (including those who are on it now), unemployment insurance, sick leave, vacation pay, more jobs (they have no jobs plan other than to do all of these things), and will bring minimum wage down to $1.00 an hour (that is their plan for creating jobs). They will make sure that Americans who cannot afford health care will never ever get it. The G.O.P. are in favor of "pulling the plug on Grandma" and anyone else. They will kill all education where schools would close and each classroom has an average of 60 students.
 
 
+4 # MainStreetMentor 2011-10-09 05:12
We wander through the maze
Forever seeking truth
For only through that effort
Will ever we find soothe

Endlessly are barricades
There in our pathway found
Placed there by others
Whose selfishness abounds

Some choose not to fight them
And simply walk away
And in that abandonment
The barricades will stay

And should we choose to compromise
Concessions then are made
Much later do we pay full price
In lost principles we’ve paid

When in our search for truth
Those barricades appear
Fight to have them gone
To principles adhere

For what good to walk the maze
Giving up at every turn
Forsaking sound beliefs
And our principles to burn?

Backbones of solid character;
Resolve in concrete cast
These are those principles
In our leaders of the past

And as we walk our maze
As did all of those before
We must fight the barricades
Providing an encore.
 
 
+13 # humanmancalvin 2011-10-09 06:32
Oh hypocrisy thy name is Cantor.
 
 
+13 # fredboy 2011-10-09 06:33
If I read my history correctly I believe it was a guy called Jesus of Nazareth who first called for us to throw out the corrupt moneychangers. Not surprised that Cantor is unfamiliar with this.
 
 
+7 # jon 2011-10-09 11:12
Jesus was a Liberal
 
 
+3 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2011-10-09 19:27
Quoting fredboy:
If I read my history correctly I believe it was a guy called Jesus of Nazareth who first called for us to throw out the corrupt moneychangers. Not surprised that Cantor is unfamiliar with this.

Cantor neither acknowledges or recognizes Jesus. He knows that he would have been among those chased out of the temple; just like we're going chase THEM (GOP) OUT OF OFFICE! VOTE 2012! VOTE EARLY ON ABSENTEE BALLOTS!
 
 
+11 # Writ 2011-10-09 09:36
Its high time Americans stood up & stopped swallowing the rhetoric of those who seek to control this country for their own greedy purposes. The elite obviously no longer c themselves as Americans but rather as multi-nationali sts. They have lost touch with the people. Whenever Obama does something for the people, the Republicans snatch it back and blame Obama for the destruction the Bush Administration did to this country. They hope Americans have forgotten about the Bush era that destroyed this country. Obama merely inherited it. Racists like the Tea Party and Sarah Palin (a paid rebel rouser), want to accuse Obama. But Americans know he was not the one that destroyed this country. The elite sent jobs overseas in the hopes of forcing Americans to take less pay and jump at any job to
 
 
+6 # Writ 2011-10-09 09:37
(cont'd)survive . Instilling fear not hope. Bloomberg talks from a billionaires point of view. Bloomberg is so cold, he may as well be a stiff. He bought off the City Council to secure a Third term, against the wishes of NYers. His arrogance is unbelievable. NYers can see where his allegiance lies. The GOP is demonstrating they're against the people. Strangle-holdin g the people, until now the people are fighting back (peacefully but determined)& will continue 2 grow in numbers as conditions worsen. The GOP should b restoring rights, jobs, SS, & medical 2 aid the people rather than hinder & police them.
 
 
+6 # wolf8888 2011-10-09 09:38
I do not feel That old, yet, I seem to have witnessed this upheaval of the general comon citizentry before, it is reminiscent or similiar to the FRENCH REVOLUTION? Fortunately we do no longer use the "GUILLOTINE" but the sentiment is well and alive,HEADS SHALL ROLL?
 
 
+10 # allie 2011-10-09 09:42
Cantor: "Believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans."

I gagged as I read this quote. He who has pitted the Tea Party against all others has the audacity to vilify those voicing their constitutional rights. Prime example of an oxymoron. He and his likes must be very afraid.
 
 
+1 # futhark 2011-10-09 10:14
As far as I can tell, the Democratic "leadership", including Mr. Obama, pretty much ignored the Occupy Wall Street movement until it started to make real headlines, then they decided to jump on the bandwagon to exploit the efforts of the organizers and protesters toward getting re-elected. So the professional Democrat politicians are not really supporters of OWS, but exploiters of it. Which puts it right out there as another political soccer ball to be kicked up and down the field by the Republics and Democrats.

While I'm glad OWS has focused attention on some very real and critical issues, as long as all it generates is more stultifying talking-head blather, it will hardly have been worth the effort. If Mr. Obama thinks that the issues raised are really valid, then the onus is on him and the other Democrats to push harder to correct the many abuses in foreign and domestic policy now occurring.
 
 
+2 # Okieangels 2011-10-10 09:38
So true. Too bad the Green Party is too small to have a major impact in next year's elections.
 
 
+1 # reiverpacific 2011-10-09 13:02
Quoting reiverpacific:
"Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks - if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself."
That says it all to me!
That is the naked-butt-burning-in-the-sun confession of the true nature of why this rash of the rashest, crassest, most vilely reactionary Republicans of all time should have the spotlight of their own ingrown, selfish, insular and shallow values shone fully upon their carefully-tanned and coifed heads so that it is reflected nationally and beyond to mirror their true allegiances, which are with the !

Sorry, I meant to finish with "The
 
 
+8 # MicheleB 2011-10-09 13:59
"If you read the newspapers today, I for one am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country. And believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans." (Cantor)

Is this guy for real? REALLY? I mean really?

The protests here at home are pretty tame -- plain-spoken, but tame. The protesters protest, the police mingle but keep the peace. Protesters compliment the police as fair in their treatment, the police compliment the way protesters demonstrate "the right to peaceful assembly."

Eric Cantor needs to chill out.
 
 
+4 # noitall 2011-10-09 23:47
Who are the mouth breathers that are cantor's audience believing that it is the President directing this rather than the stonewalling and stalling of congress from acting on behalf of the people that is the motivation for the people to get into the street. The 'mouth breather' he is Cantor.
 
 
+5 # Jane Gilgun 2011-10-10 06:25
Cantor and his gang blame others to cover up their promotion of the interests of the super-rich at the expense of the middle class, the poor, and the vulnerable.
 
 
+2 # Gena Maravella 2011-10-10 13:26
Jon: "And to those who say that it won't make any difference if a Republican is elected because of a third party candidate splitting the Democratic vote, think again.

If Eric Cantor, or a similar spoiled brat was in the White House, the OWS demonstrators would be squashed like bugs."

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU for pointing out this important fact people keep overlooking. The President has been ravaged by all the criticism that he too accepted campaign donations from corporations. Well NO DUH! In order to win an election in this country, that is what one must do. Until We The People demand of Congress that the rules be changed... that's the game we're stuck with. Personally, I commend the President for having the guts to fight fire with fire despite the criticm he no doubt knew would later come. If he had not done so... WE WOULD CURRENTLY HAVE A REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION, and frankly... I would not put it past a Republican administration to do what the Mubarak loyalists did to the Egyptian protestors last night. There were some sad vigils for those slain protestors this morning. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/10/10/egypt-church-slams-authorities-for-allowing-repeated-attacks-on-christians/
Friends... Please do not take the relatively peaceful situation and benevolent and sympathetic administration we have here for granted.
 
 
+3 # propsguy 2011-10-10 16:21
i have to quibble with 2 points in this article

1) "Violent clashes between cops and protesters"- the violence of the cops directed at the protesters is unprovoked

2) "One big difference from the Tea Party: The protests have gotten a huge boost from organized labor" as opposed to the Tea Party which has been entirely funded by the Koch brothers and their ilk
 

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