Herding OWS Protesters To ObamaPosted: 14 October 2011
An attempt will be made today in NYC to break the protest…..
There are about 1300 separate OWS protests across the US, even one in Honolulu….personally, I like the organic nature of these protests….meaning that there is NO leadership and that the protests are centered on the people not necessarily on some form of ideology…….protesting greed and our auction political system that is bought by special interests and the people have very little sway over the outcome of elections….it is either tweedle-dum or tweedle-dumber……
So I was surprised to see a former leader of the SDS, Students for a Democratic Society, a super radical group from the 60′s write an op-ed basically trying to convince people that the Democrats, most notably Obama, would be the best leaders of the movement……I gagged!
In an article written by Bill Van Auken for wsws.org……
An op-ed column by Todd Gitlin, published in the New York TimesSunday is representative of this layer of ex-lefts, whose principal preoccupation is how to channel this movement behind the Democratic Party and the upcoming campaign to reelect President Barack Obama.Gitlin titled his Times column: “The Left Declares its Independence,” apparently in reference to the protests’ relation to the Obama administration in Washington. He argues that many of those now protesting “went door-to-door” for Obama in 2008 and quotes a fellow academic as writing that “This is the Obama generation declaring their independence from Obama.”
While Gitlin’s long-winded piece is full of professed sympathy for the demonstrations and celebration of its supposed “anarchist” and “New Left” sensibilities, the thrust of his argument is that, sooner rather than later, it will have to—and should—come under the wing of the Democrats.
He hails the efforts of the AFL-CIO bureaucracy to hijack the protest movement and turn it into a prop for the Obama reelection campaign in 2012. In this energetic movement from below, he writes, “Here, finally, is what labor and the activist left have been waiting for.”
He is WRONG! The Dems are NO better than the hated Repubs and the unions are there in support but will take over the first chance they get…….
I was not surprised to see that Gitlin had written this piece……since his radical beginnings he has come to be firmly entrenched in the pockets of the Democrats….but to come out and basically call for the Obama admin to take control of the situation defies the very tactics that he was so famous for back in the day…..SHAME!