Henry Rollins: The Column! Occupy America
Words cannot express how much I am enjoying witnessing the real fear that is coming from zero-traction hacks like P.J. O'Rourke. He recently buried himself on an episode of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher when he characterized the protesters as clueless bongo-drum enthusiasts.
Then there was Rep. Peter King of New York, who took a break from Islam-bashing to accuse the protesters of being anarchists. Sen. Rand Paul made a fool of himself trying to compare them to a "French mob." Ooh la la!
The more they attempt to vilify the Occupy protesters, the more distinctly out of touch they come off. I say give them as much airtime as they want. The more they talk, the worse it will get for them.
Why will it get worse? Because all they are doing is pointing out how on-the-money (literally) the Occupy protesters are. Americans tend to have a short memory as far as news cycles. However, it's not so short that they can't remember the raging anger at Tea Party rallies. They will not forget the signs depicting the president of the United States with a Hitler mustache or a bone through his nose.
They will not forget all of the guns that were present. They will not forget the incredible levels of hatred at these events. These images are so burned into the national consciousness that when Sarah Palin -- in her recent, idiotic book, America by Heart, which, yes, I bought a copy of and read -- characterizes these psychopaths as "rowdy patriots," she and anyone attempting to marginalize the Occupy protesters will only be marginalizing themselves.