Last week the kids from #OccupyCleveland took a field trip to visit the Cleveland City Council. That's kind of weird, because on Day One of the "occupation" the kids protested on the steps of Cleveland City Hall. But apparently, they kissed and made up. The warm feelings may have started when Ward 14 Councilman Brian Cummins attended their meeting on Day One and suggested some county-owned property where they could camp overnight because, "the county's not going to come after you, it's vacant."
If you watch to the end of the video you'll notice that Councilman Cummins didn't bother to defend the Cleveland Police when an unidentified protester said the police had been overheard "scheming" to lure the protesters into the streets in order to arrest them. That seems like a pretty serious charge. I hope Councilman Cummins is launching an investigation into possible police misconduct.
Just a few days after that meeting with Cummins in attendance, the #OccupyCleveland kids were ushered into Cleveland City Hall for a private meeting with Council President Martin Sweeney and other council members. The video from their webcam is poor quality and the meeting is long and rambling, so I'll simply link it here.
Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman asked why they were there. The response:
"We're all here for different reason but with the common goal of establishing there's a problem."
At one point in the meeting one of the councilmen gives a soliloquy on predatory lending (5:42). The occupier behind the webcam informs him:
"That's a big reason why we want to work in solidarity with the Cleveland City Council. Because we recognize you as part of the 99% as well. No one who's living in Cleveland right now is part of the 1% that's dictating things like the federal government [unintelligible]."
Um...well...awkward! They probably should have googled Council President Sweeney before the meeting. They might not have heaped such praise on him if they'd known about his history of county corruption charges. Not to mention the widespread, ongoing corruption charges throughout Cuyahoga County. And the $70K salary city council members are paid.
Nevertheless, the group's website breathlessly announced that,
"[M]embers of the group received a tour of the grounds and sat in on a City Council meeting that turned out to be mainly about them. The group received a rousing round of applause, as well as the endorsements of many key Council members."
Near the end of the video (17:47) Ward 16 Councilman,Jay Westbrook, who has been infesting the Cleveland City Council since the year Reagan was elected president, nearly swooned when he saw the #OccupyCleveland kids:
"Occupy Cleveland? Welcome! You're at home. We're glad to have you!"
Their friend, Councilman Cummins, expressed his solidarity with their cause in his speech to the City Council:
"It's been accumulated over the last two centuries because of the housing markets. That's just one issue. And also that, you know, this group is upset that Wall Street has [unintelligible] control over the policies of this country. And in general both parties are controlled by Wall Street and by the banks. In addition, um, there's issues regarding the fact that over 24 million people in this country can't find a full time job. And over 50 million people in this country can't see a doctor because they don't have health insurance. Over 47 million people in this country need government assistance to even feed themselves.
"We should be ashamed of ourselves that in the United States of America we have [unintelligible] the reality we're dealing with. So for that purpose I am asking that my colleagues to please [sic] support the Occupy Cleveland movement. I ask that they please continue to work with the group so that we don't have to see a situation where civil disobedience is required and arrests have to be made. I think it's important to the city. I think it's important to all urban centers in the state of Ohio to have a strong Occupy Cleveland movement so that we can send a strong message to the governor and the state legislature as well as our national leaders that things things must change. Please stand up and be recognized Occupy Cleveland! [applause]"
(begins at 0:50) (shot from their crappy webcam - they've put out a request for iPhone handouts if anyone wants to help out)
After the meeting, Jay Westbrook and Ward 6 Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell met with the kids to encourage them and instruct them in proper Marxist philosophy and class envy.
"I was a member of of a lot of occupations myself at the different administrations and draft offices and Congresswoman Mitchell and I were very much involved in working for civil rights. And that was an era where, you know, we felt that we were righting wrongs that, in our vision of the world, would last forever, and it really, truly breaks my heart and shows me the power of corporate greed that with all the upheaval and all the change that happened in the 60's and into the 70's that we weren't able to achieve a lasting and a just and righteous society. You know, Thomas Jefferson and so many others envisioned constant revolution." [emphasis added]
No, Mr. Westbrook, Thomas Jefferson did not envision a constant revolution. Jefferson did write a letter during the time of Shay's Rebellion, saying:
"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."
Of course, Jefferson also wrote in this same letter that:
"I am impatient to learn your sentiments on the late troubles in the Eastern states. So far as I have yet seen, they do not appear to threaten serious consequences."
Jefferson didn't yet know that the rebellion would end in bloodshed, with several men killed and many others wounded. We don't know if Jefferson had in mind cannon fire and armed militias battling one another in cornfields when he wrote of a "little rebellion." We also don't know if that's what Councilman Westbrook has in mind or what he means when he uses the term, "constant revolution."
We do know that the term "permanent revolution" is a term linked to Marx, Engels, and Trotsky. In 1850, Marx said,
"While the democratic petty bourgeois want to bring the revolution to an end as quickly as possible, achieving at most the aims already mentioned, it is our interest and our task to make the revolution permanent until all the more or less propertied classes have been driven from their ruling positions, until the proletariat has conquered state power and until the association of the proletarians has progressed sufficiently far – not only in one country but in all the leading countries of the world – that competition between the proletarians of these countries ceases and at least the decisive forces of production are concentrated in the hands of the workers." [emphasis added]
I sure hope Marx, et al, aren't the "so many others" Mr. Westbrook is referring to. But I suspect that's just wishful thinking.
Councilwoman Mitchell had to add her two cents:
"And I would just like to say when I came up it was marching - marching for civil rights, when Martin Luther King was in town. And the church I was in was an activist church, it was an integrated church but we all fought for civil rights and we all fought for education because that was the key to success. Now you can have an education and you still may not find a job."The reason I see is that this country is now so materialistic. The people are so greedy. There's nothing about sharing to pull up the next person. So I feel that, how much money do you really need to live a decent life? Why not - wealthy can afford to pay more taxes. The poor people, you know, WE can't afford to pay any more taxes. [Mamie has a B.A., an M.B.A., a law degree and a salary of $70K as a council member. Why is she poor???] We're already - probably a large percentage of our income is already gone because we don't make large figure salaries. [a lot of people in this country would consider $70K to be a large figure salary, including those unemployed #OccupyCleveland kids] So I just can't understand."And everyone, they say they're Christians. [realizes she's on camera and shouldn't just single out Christians] I mean, they say they're religious. I don't care what religion you are. All of the great religions require or ask their people to help others. If you're Jewish, if you're Islamic you give alms. You go and we do gratitude and we just give people and we try to help.
"And I just can't understand why someone would say they're such a big Christian [ah, forget... it! That multi-culti lingo is too much work. We all know it's the greedy Christians who are the problem] and yet they don't want to really help anyone except themselves. That's the part I kind of see and I sorta do not like. I think we need to start sharing more and take care of our own people more. But I really, really - I laud you guys because there really has not been a movement for 40 years or so"[at least not a movement I agree with].[emphasis added]
[Having some problems embedding the Justin.tv video. If it doesn't appear below, here's the link.
I have to admit, this is one of the most depressing and frustrating sequences I've witnessed in a long time. It explains why Cleveland has a 17% unemployment rate and why it has the worst school system in the state and only 38% of adults have high school diplomas. This represents years and years of failed ideology and political malpractice by a bunch of Leftists who are still wishing for some Tie-Dyed Marxist Utopia™. Now they're hoping to relive their glory days through these impressionable kids who will go on to repeat their mistakes and ruin the lives of another generation. That just breaks my heart.