In the days following the shootings in Tucson, commentators on the left worked tirelessly to establish what they saw as an obvious connection between that tragedy and the Tea Party’s tendency toward violence. That proof seemed to emerge in the form of a Daily Kos/Public Policy Polling survey taken two weeks after the massacre, which asked, “Do you think violence against the current American government is justified or not?” The ever-rational Keith Olbermann exchanged high fives with Mother Jones’s David Corn the following Monday over one particular finding: 13% of Tea Party voters answered yes to that question as compared with 6% of Republicans and 5% of Democrats (h/t Mediaite).
One inconvenient truth that Olbermann and Corn overlooked was that 17% of another demographic, a plurality for the poll, believed that violence against the government is justified. That group was comprised of voters between the ages of 18 and 29.
In the months since that survey was taken, there have been precious few incidents affirming the Tea Party’s willingness to act on their tendency toward violence, whereas the under-30 crowd, which comprises at least a third of the Occupy movement, has been busy:
A day of demonstrations in Oakland that began as a significant step toward expanding the political and economic influence of the Occupy Wall Street movement, ended with police in riot gear arresting dozens of protesters who had marched through downtown to break into a vacant building, shattering windows, spraying graffiti and setting fires along the way.
Other reports from the scene indicate that American flags were burned and ATMs were destroyed. One protester is quoted as saying, “We go from having a peaceful movement to now just chaos.” The report goes on to note that “the larger Occupy movement has yet to coalesce into an organized association.
Amid the chaos comes evidence that the 99% may have posers within their ranks. Arrest records obtained by the Daily Caller reveal that the median value of the homes (beyond Zuccotti Park) of the 984 OWS protesters arrested in New York City between September 18 and October 15 is $305,000. At least 95 of the protesters’ residences are worth approximately $500,000 or more. The average age of protesters taken into custody, moreover, is 27 years.
You can do the math yourself, but if the answer you come up with does not include spoiled rich kid as the unit of measurement, you probably need to recheck your work.
- Poll: 73% of OWS disapprove of Obama’s job; 36% plan to vote for him
- Pew poll: Public now divided over Occupy Wall Street
- Occupy L.A.: We will need violence and socialism to achieve our goals
- Tea Party terrorists and the left’s civility pledge
- Civility alert: WI protesters tell GOP senators “YOU WILL DIE!”
- The shooting in Tucson and the political blame game
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