Wealthy filmmaker Michael Moore compared the Occupy Wall Street movement to Valley Forge and said that college and housing is a human right in an op-ed at the Huffington Post.
And now it is winter. Wall Street rejoices, hoping that the change of seasons will mean a change in our spirit, our commitment to stop them.
They couldn’t be more wrong. Have they not heard of Washington and the troops at Valley Forge? The Great Flint Sit-Down Strike in the winter of 1936-37? The Michigan Wolverines crushing Ohio State in the 1950 Blizzard Bowl? When it comes to winter, it is the time historically when the people persevere and the forces of evil make their retreat!
Forces of evil? Please.
According to the Emmy-award winning director who is reportedly worth $50 million, housing is a human right, and banks have no right to foreclose. He writes:
Sorry, banks, a roof over one’s head is a human right, and you will no longer occupy our homes through foreclosure and eviction because well, you see, they are our homes, not yours. You may hold the mortgage; you don’t hold the right to throw us or our neighbors out into the cold.
Of course, Moore should know something about having a roof over his head, considering his luxury vacation home.
He suggests protesters form “Occupy Strike Forces” to act as human shields when the bank comes to foreclose.
Newsbusters’ Noel Sheppard adds:
Does this work for all of us or just those that support this silly movement? Can Tea Partiers also stop paying their mortgages and continue to live in their homes?
And what about renters? Why should this privilege – oh, I’m sorry…right – apply only to delinquent homeowners? Shouldn’t the millions of our nation’s renters also be able to shirk their financial obligations?
After all, their landlord is probably a greedy one percenter that doesn’t need the money anyway?
On the other hand, what happens to all the banks and savings institutions when all of their customers stop paying their mortgages? And what happens to the debt securities that are based on such mortgages? Won’t this create another financial crisis leading to runs on banks and savings institutions resulting in another recession that increases unemployment thereby exacerbating our current problems?
Moore also suggested the media cover foreclosures:
I beseech the news media to cover these actions — they are happening everywhere. Evictions, though rarely covered (you need a Kardashian in your home as you’re being evicted to qualify for news coverage) are not a new story (see this scene I filmed in 1988). Also, please remember the words of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Toledo (in ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’): Do not leave your homes if the bank forecloses on you! Let them take you to court and then YOU ask the judge to make them produce a copy of your mortgage. They can’t. It was chopped up a hundred different ways, bundled with a hundred other mortgages, and sold off to the Chinese. If they can’t produce the mortgage, they can’t evict you.
But Moore was just getting warmed up in his call to arms.
He also wrote that a free – or nearly free – college education is also a right:
In nearly every other democracy on the planet, students go to college for free or almost free. Why do those countries do that? Because they know that for their society to advance, they must have an educated population. Without that, productivity, innovation and an informed electorate is stunted and everyone suffers as a result.
He suggests students spend the winter “holding sit-ins, occupying the student loan office, nonviolently disrupting the university regents meetings, and pitching their tents on the administration’s lawn,” instead of going to classes and getting some semblance of an education.
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh had an easier option: Make the professors and college staff work for free.
“Do not stop until these wars are ended, the Pentagon budget is cut in half, and the rich are forced to pay their taxes. And demand that that money go to your education,” Moore cried.
Of course, the rich already pay the lion’s share of taxes, but facts do not figure in Moore’s plan.
So we’re – and when I say “we’re,” I mean the 53 percent of Americans who pay all the federal income taxes – are going to be required to pay for everyone’s health insurance, their homes, and their college tuitions.
Are you foolish enough to think the list isn’t going to continue to grow?
And now you know what happens when government decides that people have to have something whether they want it or not.
Moore also suggested protesters spend the winter organizing workplaces into unions, leaving banks and joining non-profit credit unions while terrorizing local banks.
“And if a bank tries to evict your neighbor, Occupy the local branch with 20 other people and call the press. Post it on the internet,” he wrote.
He also called for the elimination of for-profit health insurance companies and suggested protesters “go and Occupy Humana, United Health, Cigna and even the supposed “nonprofit” Blue Crosses.”
“An action on their lawns, in their lobbies, or at the for-profit hospitals — this is what is needed,” he adds.
He also offered other advice while falsely claiming most support the movement:
And don’t criticize the movement — because the majority of Americans either agree with it or are feeling the same way. Just tell the Occupiers and the distressed Americans: “I get it.” Seriously.
So, Moore wants the lawlessness to continue, and no one should dare criticize the protests no matter how outrageous they are.
In short, he wants nothing less than an American version of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
Yes, in just 12 short weeks we have killed their most sacred word — Capitalism — and we have them on the run, on the defensive. They should be. Millions are coming after them and our only goal is to remove them from power and replace them with a fair system that is controlled by the 99%. The 1% have been able to get both political parties to do their bidding. Why should only 1% of the population get to have two parties — and the rest of us have none? That, too, is going to change. In my next post, I will suggest what we can do to Occupy the Electoral Process. But first we must start with those who pull the strings of the puppets in the Congress. That’s why it’s called Occupy Wall Street. Always better to deal with man in charge, don’t you think?
“Hopefully the Supreme Court is going to reassert the tenets of the Constitution before creeping socialism starts its sprint toward the finish line,” Sheppard concludes.
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