Occupy Atlanta every bit as ignorant, disorganized, cult-like as you think they are

October 7, 2011 23:17 pm

by Todd Rehm · 30 comments


First, I’ll note that on the MARTA trip down there I didn’t see a single protester. I guess they drove or rode their scooters.

When Congressman John Lewis, an American Hero of the Civil Rights Movement showed up, after declaring himself in unity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, the geniuses in charge decided not to let him speak. They said he could speak later after they did their agenda, but the Congressman had to go. As a result, John Lewis didn’t address the group and they spent the better part of the next two hours arguing about how stupid they had been. Unbelievable.

Pictures to follow.

[UPDATED]CBSAtlanta has coverage of the shabby treatment of Congressman John Lewis.

Buzz Brockway October 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Were they starting a cult or something? That was weird.

Todd Rehm October 8, 2011 at 2:15 am

Maybe the State House could start operating that way.

Todd Rehm October 7, 2011 at 11:35 pm

The whole thing was like that. Honest to God, that’s how they do business.

STEVETARVIN October 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm

That reminds me of some other group, let me see, oh well I can’t remember and be PC.

Bridget October 7, 2011 at 11:39 pm

1:07 :: “In addition.” “IN ADDITION.” “Did I miss anything?” “DID I MISS ANYTHING?”

Wow. I’m glad they can all think for themselves :/

Buzz Brockway October 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Here’s their website: http://occupyatlanta.wpengine.com/

Todd Rehm October 8, 2011 at 12:04 am

The really bizarre part is when a new person starts speaking:

“Mike Check!”


“Mike Check!”


Nathan October 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I wonder if they’re giving props to some dude named “Mike Check”?

Gary Cooper October 8, 2011 at 1:21 am

New age hippies??? Todd did they look like they shower at all?

Rick Day October 8, 2011 at 3:55 am

See, here is where you people continuously underestimate your opponents. They aren’t Democrats any more than Tea Baggers are Republicans.

They didn’t want that dinosaur supporting them. Koch or Soros, what’s the difference? They will soon be puppets just like the Tea Baggers are.

And all threats to the Status Quo you all worship like some biblical succubus, will have been quelled.

Your heaven help you if they decide to actually do something. Take heed from the 60’s, you can’t stop a pissed off young generation.

rense October 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Or maybe this overwhelmingly white group of protesters (in a well known black center no less) had no interest in John Lewis speaking because he was black. Ah … the progressive movement returning to its roots …

I wonder if John Lewis heard any racial slurs thrown his way.

TheEiger October 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Please answer my questions Rick. Please. I ask valid questions and you refuse to answer. How will the demands that OWS help our country?

Todd Rehm October 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Dude, it’s just not possible to underestimate these people. If they represent the future of the Left, you might as well pack it in and return to Amsterdam, as the American Left is completely screwed.

Howard Roark October 8, 2011 at 7:35 am

That was quite entertaining.

Now we know there are different levels of community organizers. The baseline for ineffective organizers has been established.

Andre October 8, 2011 at 7:58 am

Someone captured video footage of the Occupy Atlanta “general assembly” debating whether Congressman John Lewis should be permitted to speak.

The YouTube video, which runs about seven minutes, gives insight into this “movement” and how difficult for them to gain credibility when they spend their time debating…TALKING about talking.

By the way, around the 2:30 mark, Rep. Lewis is promoted to Senator by the “general assembly.”

Andre October 8, 2011 at 8:03 am

One more thing, the video I linked to in my previous comment demonstrates effectively why direct democracy doesn’t work.

cheapseats October 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

Yet you would argue that representative democracy is working fine? Democracy is messy – in any form.

This stuff isn’t new at all. Throughout the entire history of humanity we’ve seen this same story repeated – a handful of folks end up with all the goods; people without anything and having exhausted all other avenues decide that there’s nothing left but to try to take some of it back. Most of human history has these stories using war and violence – it doesn’t have to come to that. If this country wants to be that shining city on the hill then, we need to figure out something and do it soon.

Every politician and ordinary citizen needs to participate in getting honest, hard-working, productive people back to a standard of living that gives them some hope for a better life. If all you have to offer is “get a job, hippie!” (not what Andre is saying) then try to help them figure out some way to move to China because that’s where we sent our jobs. If we’re going to send our jobs to China then we should send our labor force there, too.

Spacey G October 11, 2011 at 10:57 am

Yes, because Gawd forbid kids become engaged in the political process and start, like, learning stuff about it.

Ken October 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm


Don’t you know that politics is a gateway drug? It’s nearly as addictive as Facebook!

John Konop October 8, 2011 at 8:44 am

If alive ,would President Reagan be at the protest?

……We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that have allowed some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary, and that’s crazy. It’s time we stopped it….

What we’re trying to move against is institutionalized unfairness. We want to see that everyone pays their fair share, and no one gets a free ride. Our reasons? It’s good for society when we all know that no one is manipulating the system to their advantage because they’re rich and powerful. But it’s also good for society when everyone pays something, that everyone makes a contribution……


LoyaltyIsMyHonor October 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Todd, why would they want Lewis to address them in the first place? He (Congress) is part of the problem after all. Was that something that conflicted them?

Patriot Act October 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm

So let me see if I have this straight. They’re “reaching out” to every possible demographic group … except for straight white working males.

Doug Grammer October 9, 2011 at 9:56 am

You left out Christian.

jiminga October 9, 2011 at 11:03 am

This is representative of the lack of focus and purpose of the demonstrators. Like all anarchists, they have neither….just a mob being led by people who want to claim their 15 minutes of fame (or infamy).

saltycracker October 9, 2011 at 11:24 am

Occupy whereever…..where else can you go, score some weed or whatever, appear righteous & meet so many chicks (or whatever) looking for righteous guys ?

Free food & drinks at Rick’s ?

Todd Rehm October 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I don’t think there was any weed. Didn’t smell any, at least and no sign of brownies. Further proof of incompetence, perhaps.

Ken October 10, 2011 at 1:59 am

Yeah, but what about the peanut butter cups, huh? Did you check for those? :-)

Spacey G October 11, 2011 at 10:56 am

Yeah, because it’s so much more important and substantial watching you over here at Peach Pundit kiss Crackerstan legislative arse all day long.

Spacey G October 11, 2011 at 11:03 am

Oh just stop, Buzz. GriftDrift’s newly-energized sense of great importance to pretty much everything will just freakin’ explode at this point. (Him having started all this *cult* chatter about the kids in the park.) They were chanting, fer chrissake. Yes, it’s silly and creepy and juvenile, and clearly shows they’ve spent far more time in counseling and therapists’ offices than they have reading, for example, Peach Pundit. But let’s save *cult* for… The Mormons!

griftdrift October 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Having Grayson chide someone about self-importance is kind of like having Donald Trump chide someone for using too much hair spray.

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