If a small group of men were always regarded as guilty, in any clash with any other group, regardless of the issues or circumstances involved, would you call it persecution? If this group were always made to pay for the sins, errors, or failures of any other group, would you call that persecution? If this group had to live under a silent reign of terror, under special laws, from which all other people were immune, laws which the accused could not grasp or define in advance and which the accuser could interpret in any way he pleased—would you call that persecution? If this group were penalized, not for its faults, but for its virtues, not for its incompetence, but for its ability, not for its failures, but for its achievements, and the greater the achievement, the greater the penalty—would you call that persecution?
If your answer is “yes”—then ask yourself what sort of monstrous injustice you are condoning, supporting, or perpetrating. That group is the American businessmen . . .
Every ugly, brutal aspect of injustice toward racial or religious minorities is being practiced toward businessmen.. . . Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation’s troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen.Ayn Rand, “America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business,” Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 44
Looking at the Left covered the new front in the left's war on America, Denver. Make no mistake, they have declared war on America. You will work for these collectivists, feed them, clothe them, enrich these pigs and thugs, or they will ................ watch.
Racism and Incivility Aimed at Tea Party in Denver Denver, February 22, 2010 by El Marco
White House political arm, Organizing for America, teamed up with Service Employees International Union (SEIU), for their latest astroturfing effort in Denver. Teamsters and other workers were bussed in to the State Capitol in an increasing effort by the White House to interfere in relations between states and public sector unions.
Union protestors seemed to have taken to heart President Obama’s admonition to “get in people’s faces”. Thankfully, they did not act on Rep. Michael Capuano’s (D-Mass.) words to union members today, when he told them “Every once and a while you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.” If not for the presence of state troopers who controlled the howling union goons, this protest could have had a violent outcome.
Nonetheless, Obama’s supporters put on a disgraceful display of incivility and paranoia-fueled administration propaganda, which is exactly what Obama and Organizing for America have been encouraging.
These people are holding astroturf signs, that is signs that are produced by organizers and handed out to individuals rounded up by Organizing for America (OFA) in conjunction with the unions. Note that OFA used to be called Obama for America, and is his campaign organization. Obama for America was renamed Organizing for America after the election and has been deployed on the streets of Denver before to intimidate and bully the citizens here.
These astroturf signs display the paranoid style of politics that is promoted by OFA and the unions. Since when is asking teachers to contribute a small percentage towards their own benefits an attack on them, or an attack on anyone’s grandchildren? Note the sign that says Corporations are not People. Corporations are made of workers, adminstrators and shareholders, many of whom are teachers whose pension funds invest in America’s greatest businesses. These people believe that labor unions are the only associations that should be allowed to make political contributions.
Here, organizers have placed astroturf signs by the Capitol steps.
Generally, a mark of an astroturf event is the fact that very few of the participants have made the effort to bring their own signs. They show up, are told where to stand, given a sign, and told what to think.
This banner is being held in front of the main doors of the Capitol Building. The message here is plain and clear, and JFK would be appalled to see his great patriotic speech perverted in this way.
The term “war on workers” is pure Marxist-Leninist rhetoric.
This school teacher’s sign is so badly punctuated, no wonder our students are so far behind. Sorry, ma’am, but possesive personal pronouns do not take an apostrophe. It should be Whose freedom are you fighting for. Just about half of Colorado students in grades 3 through 10 are below proficient for their grade levels in writing test scores. And it’s worse than that for math. Two thirds of 8th graders in Wisconsin public schools can not read proficiently, according to the U.S. Dept. of Education, despite the fact that Wisconsin spends more per pupil in its public schools than any other state in the Midwest.
The sign in the foreground, above, calls for a rollback of the Reagan tax cuts. Top rate when Reagan was elected was 90%. These union workers understand that their paycheck depends on getting money out of the productive sector of society. The more people are taxed, they believe, the more benefits and pay increases they can expect in the future. Unfortunately, what states like Wisconsin have discovered is that bloated bureaucracies and entitlements become unsustainable when you run out of other people’s money to spend.
I noticed a black man standing at the very back, behind the center of this crowd. He was waving a Gadsden flag. I decided to go over and investigate.
That man with the Gadsden flag turned out to be Leland Robinson, 51, a Denver native. I was reminded of another black man who was waving a Gadsden flag at an SEIU event in St. Louis in 2009. Kenneth Gladney was viciously attacked and hospitalized by SEIU thugs for his thought crimes.
As I spoke with Mr. Robinson, a school teacher interrupted as he had decided to teach Leland a few union thug lessons.
The man said he was a school teacher and felt that he deserved sympathy because after 14 years of work, he made only”Forty-something thousand” a year. With the entire benefit package, we all know that this figure soars. And that’s for working 180 days a year. He claimed that without the union, he’d be making $8 an hour.
At this point, an agressive woman with a purple SEIU shirt assailed Robinson with a flurry of insults.
“That’s your problem. You’re an entrepreneur, so you don’t work. You don’t know what work is until you get into an educational area. … You’re uneducated, unethical, immoral, and you don’t know what life is. That’s your problem. Why don’t you go behind that fence where you belong? Why don’t you go back with your own kind?” She said this indicating towards the bottom of the Capitol Steps, where a couple of hundred tea partiers were gathered listening to speeches.
Next, this lady in red rudely got in Robinson’s face.
Go see the rest.
All the evils, abuses, and iniquities, popularly ascribed to businessmen and to capitalism, were not caused by an unregulated economy or by a free market, but by government intervention into the economy. The giants of American industry—such as James Jerome Hill or Commodore Vanderbilt or Andrew Carnegie or J. P. Morgan—were self-made men who earned their fortunes by personal ability, by free trade on a free market. But there existed another kind of businessmen, the products of a mixed economy, the men with political pull, who made fortunes by means of special privileges granted to them by the government, such men as the Big Four of the Central Pacific Railroad. It was the political power behind their activities—the power of forced, unearned, economically unjustified privileges—that caused dislocations in the country’s economy, hardships, depressions, and mounting public protests. But it was the free market and the free businessmen that took the blame.Ayn Rand “America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business,”
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 4