Occupy Berkeley: “if they wanted to clear the path, they would have to go through us…”


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The consistent narrative regarding the infamous pepper spray incident has been this; the peaceful occupods were ruthlessly sprayed by evil police.  Additionally, there were very few occuposds, and that the police could have exited the area in any other direction, other than through the occupods.  In other words, it was a case of police brutality.

But, like all leftist narratives,  it falls apart, once exposed to something that we like to call reality. Last week, we posted video that showed that the occupods knew that they were going to be sprayed, and agreed to it.  Then, an occupod slipped up, and revealed more of the truth…

Just in case you missed it, here is the relevant part of the transcript…

AMY GOODMAN: I want to turn to Elli Pearson. Elli, describe exactly what happened on Friday.

ELLI PEARSON: Well, we were protesting together, and the riot cops came at us, and we linked arms and sat down peacefully to protest their presence on our campus. And at one point, they were—we had encircled them, and they were trying to leave, and they were trying to clear a path. And so, we sat down, linked arms, and said that if they wanted to clear the path, they would have to go through us. But we were on the ground, you know, heads down. And all I could see was people telling me to cover my head, protect myself, and put my head down. And the next thing I know, I was pepper-sprayed.

So, they did surround the police, and tried to prevent them from leaving.

Another narrative bites the dust!  This reminds me of what children used to be told; when you lie, you end up telling more lies to cover your lies-then you can’t keep track of all of your lies, and get caught.  Of course, if a child attends public school, they are taught lies daily, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the children indoctrinated in those schools fail to recognize that old wisdom.

  • I must vehemently disagree with you here.

    Look, I find the OWS movement mostly wrong, ideologically confused, and incredibly uninteresting. But whatever it is they are or aren’t, doesn’t matter in this instance.

    Not long ago, the British colonists of North America had run-ins with British soldiers as they protested rights violations, regulations and taxes that were insignificant to what we deal with now. The soldiers resorted often to violence. The North American Brits counted these among a long train of abuses …

    British soldiers traveled across the vast ocean and risked their lives protecting the colonists from the Indians and French. Yet the colonists hated them, seeing them as occupiers, not protectors. A group our government today would considered a terrorist network, the Sons of Liberty, burned Andrew Oliver (a public official) in effigy before burning some of his property and raiding his house too. They created a small, but angry mob. The sheriffs were afraid for their lives that night and wouldn’t mess with them. The Sons of Liberty were also known to literally tar and feather tax collectors and bailiffs. They went after Tories (government loyalists) too, and worked aggressively to subvert and overthrow the government.

    The original Tea Party was was a felony act of vandalism and theft. The Declaration of Independence was in fact a declaration of war. All of the above (and then some) were bold acts of treason.

    Are you starting to get my point?

    The cops in that video look more like soldiers than peace officers. Pepper-spraying those kids was neither defensive nor proportional (Christian doctrine). Those cops were no better than those “liberating” British soldiers in the colonies whom against those ungrateful colonists waged war.

    The left/right argument is so 1960’s, and incredibly meaningless. OWS will soon fade out of existence*. It’s time to ask yourself whether you are a patriot (Sons of Liberty), or a Tory (state apologist)?

    *Once caveat is that societal breakdown is nearing as a consequence of an ever more intrusive and violent police state. If the state overreacts (as they usually do), OWS will grow instead of fade, and we’ll have a repeat of the French revolution on our hands.

    • CL, I was wondering when you were going to chime in on this, and I’m glad that you have. I understand every one of your points, and agree, in principal, with each of them. I have read your posts on the police state, and the militarization of the police with great alarm, because history teaches us where that leads. In fact, that is why I didn’t initially cover that story. I was waiting to see what eventually came out. And, as usual, once the truth came out, the story was quite different than the narrative.

      I think we are looking at OWS in radically different ways. My point is that this is an excellent opportunity to examine the hard left in unmasked action. We’ve seen the religious hate, the violence, the vandalism, and the calls for revolution and Communism. Yes, they have the large numbers of drugged hippies, who have no idea what or whom they are serving. We also have the violent elements, and the leadership, who are already in control (and marginalizing the more clueless elements). For the most part, this is nothing new-it’s simply being put into practice on a larger scale, and therefore bears examining, and exposing.

      We also differ in that I’m looking at the end goals of the movement. You draw comparisons to behavior. Those cannot be argued, as they are factual. However, what are the end goals of that behavior? We know what the occupods want-they have told us. Also, we know where their support is. They want to take what they perceive to be the threat to freedom- the corporations, and control them with an all powerful state. Many of the followers have no idea where that will lead. We do-history teaches us where a powerful government leads.

      On the contrary, our government, as envisioned, is a historical aberration. There were mobs, there were “criminal” acts, and intellectuals, and “rich” people were the heads of the movement. At almost any other point in history, such a revolution would have lead to a tyrannical state. Instead, Washington turned in his sword, and went home. Those rich intellectuals, rather than acting in their own interest, helped craft a system of government that placed the emphasis on the individual, and his rights, rather than on the power of government. Contrast that with where OWS is going. Will that revolution result in more human freedom, or would it lead to a bloody, tyrannical regime? Again, history is a teacher, and that is a cause for alarm.

      In the end, behavior is a tool. It’s the end that we have to look at. I can use a hammer to build something for myself, or for others, or I can build gallows, a guillotine, and a Gulag. It’s not just the behaviors, it’s the motivations behind them.

      I also look at the historical parallels to other protest movements. We have seen that leftist protesters have a history of staging events to garner public support. I’ve covered that here a good bit. From putting elderly and toddlers on the “front lines,” to provoking reactions from the police, they have been trying rather hard to stage another “Kent State.” It’s fake and contrived, but they have done it before, and it’s a safe bet that they will do it again.

  • The cop, strolling casually and wrapped in riot-gear, showed no sign of feeling threatened. Heck, if a bunch of unarmed kids who made no attempt to physically engage makes one feel threatened, they are too much of a pansy-ass eunuch for their job.

    We can talk about the hypocrisy and foolishness of a movement that supports an all-powerful leviathan that is hostile to liberty until we’re blue in the face, but that doesn’t change the fact that the armed government attack dogs who actually did engage violently in this instance, represent genuine, real life tyranny.

    In other words, liberty and the cops in that video cannot exist in the same space.

    And what does it say about us as a society, that we side with state violence against our ideological foes? What does that tell us about what will happen when the tables turn? Because they will. It’ll be the anti-abortionists, Ron Paul supporters and Tea Partiers next.

    Don’t think so? Think again. It was the radical leftists at the ’68 Democratic convention the leviathan state attacked and at Kent State too. If it so callously attacks “it’s own kind,” what do you think it will do to you?

    The original American patriots hated their own government so much they went to war to overthrow it. That government was far less oppressive than ours. What would you say if that was me and my friends advocating against the leviathan who got pepper-sprayed in that video?

    Would you side with the Tories and say I staged the event? Or would you side with the Patriots against an overbearing and abusive government?

    The violent act of those cops has to stand on its own. The ideology of their victims doesn’t matter.

  • You know, if you want to neuter the OWS movement, abolish the federal government that without, they’re left powerless. Hmmmm …

  • In some ways I think the police went overboard with the pepper-spray. But what if the police had forcibly tried to remove them after the OWS crowd had refused to leave the premises? That would have been a much less desirable way of handling the situation. It comes down to respect and following the rules. The OWS crowd refuses to show respect or follow the rules/law. The OWS purposefully provoked the police. They are the most culpable for their actions or inaction.

    • It comes down to respect and following the rules.

      Respect is earned, and following the rules is not necessarily a virtue.

      Tea Partiers, anti-abortion advocates, and Ron Paul supporters just to name a few,have been labeled “terrorists” by the federal government. Cops in riot gear have shown up in force at Tea Party protests. Conservative reporters have been beat with batons … Now Sens. Levin and McCain want to declare America a battlefield.

      First they came for the OWS protestors, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a OWS protestor. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.

      Yeah, eventually they’re gonna come for you too.

      When push comes to shove, your ideologically confused, leftwing neighbor will prove to be a better friend than any “Republican” in Washington. Know your enemy. Hint: It’s the same as our founders.