Smart comment — he’s right.
Long Island Republican Congressman Peter King blasted the Occupy Wall Street protesters as anti-American today on a right-wing talk show.
“The fact is these people are anarchists. They have no idea what they’re doing out there,” King told host Laura Ingraham. “They have no sense of purpose other than a basically anti-American tone and anti-capitalist. It’s a ragtag mob basically.”
Note the use of anti-hippie code words. All that’s missing is a reference to the devil’s weed. (Man, talk about arrested development; not in him, in the people this language is manipulating. Were they all born in 1930?)
But that stuff is just for the rubes. The real message is for the media and the policy-makers, people with power (like the current weed-hating administration):
“We have to be careful not to allow this to get any legitimacy,” he said, adding “I’m taking this seriously in that I’m old enough to remember what happened in the 1960s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy. We can’t allow that to happen.”
“Legitimacy” — remember that word. He’s not referencing the protest; he’s referencing the complaint.
If the #OWS anti-banker, pro-Constitution grievance ever gets legitimized, our Billionaire Owners and their millionaire retainers (Peter King included) will be playing on defense for the next few years. King thinks that would be bad; he also thinks it’s a possibility.
Playing to win; making the other team play defense while you march down the field. Want to see what that feels like? All it takes is persistence.
You could even help the Occupy Wall Street protesters persist, by joining them.
This guy isn’t really that important on his own, but his words are symbolic of something a lot bigger. Some powerful people are feeling some powerful threatened.