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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New York Times: Logic=Fail

Since it started nearly two months ago, the media has been scrambling to label the Occupy "movement" as sort of a left-wing Tea Party. (At this point, I hesitate to even use the word movement - thus far the Occupiers have been fairly sedentary. The only movements actually attributed to them have involved police cars and burning American flags.) While I have conceded in earlier posts that it is true that Occupy and the Tea Party share a few similar grievances, that is their only similarity. Their respective police records (well, OWS' police record and the Tea Party's lack of one) paint a pretty clear picture of that. However, that has not stopped the media and even the President from trying to draw the comparison, no matter how ludicrous it may be.

So imagine my surprise when I hear that the New York Times has published a book review that now draws a comparison between the Tea Party and the Ku Klux Klan...
"Imagine a political movement created in a moment of terrible anxiety, its origins shrouded in a peculiar combination of manipulation and grass-roots mobilization, its ranks dominated by Christian conservatives and self-proclaimed patriots, its agenda driven by its members’ fervent embrace of nationalism, nativism and moral regeneration, with more than a whiff of racism wafting through it."
Hmm. The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street are the same. And the Tea Party and the KKK are the same. Is anyone else mentally solving that proof? If A=B and A=C, then B=C... 

Occupy Wall Street and the KKK are one and the same! (which actually seems quite a bit more likely than the Tea Party being linked to either one.)

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