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Posted by Tim Bryce on August 27, 2012


– Tampa welcomes Occupy Wall Street to the RNC.

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The 2012 riot season officially opens today, aka “Occupy the Republican National Convention” here in Tampa,
but before I go into this, let me preface my remarks by recounting a recent incident which happened to me on Facebook. As you probably know, I typically do not joust with my editorial antagonists. If they want to discuss things calmly and respectfully, I’m happy to oblige them, but this never seems to happen. Instead, they use venomous attack tactics in an attempt to provoke some form of response from me. I learned a long time ago to turn the other cheek but on one recent occasion, I was provoked into an argument where I eventually called my opponent a “clod.” In hindsight, I am embarrassed by my slip and now understand what Rush Limbaugh went through when he had a slip of the tongue a few months back. Basically, we both lost our cool and lowered ourselves to the level of our opponents. The temptation was simply too great to overcome and we slipped, embarrassingly. I then realized my acid tongued adversary was capitalizing on my venue to try to discredit me. Consequently, I removed his comments and blocked him from further discourse.

The tactics of the left are simple: attack anything that moves. Attack even if your argument is irrational or baseless. Attack to generate attention from the main street media. Attack as a diversionary tactic; to distract the public from other more pertinent subjects. And attack to provoke a response from your opponents. Arguing with them is pointless as their minds are already on lockdown. By succumbing to their attacks and engaging them, you inevitably play by their rules and their objectives are met. It is therefore important the anticipated provocations of the Occupy the RNC be met with appropriate resistance. If the police can get them to respect the law, if the media gives them minimal coverage, and if we all simply ignore their convoluted protests, their impact will be defused. However, if the Occupiers clash with police or the local citizenry, and riots ensue, it could become extremely ugly.

There are already indications the Occupy RNC group’s plans are designed to provoke a response. For example, their first march, entitled “March for our Lives” is scheduled for 3-5:30pm, just in time for the prime time news networks. According to their web site, “This is a March of the Homeless, the Poor, the Unemployed and Supporters to call for a STOP TO ALL FORECLOSURES, STOP THE CRIMINALIZATION OF THE POOR AND HOMELESS, HOUSING AND FOOD ARE HUMAN RIGHTS!!” Interestingly, they openly admit they do not have a permit to march, yet plan on proceeding anyway. Translation: a face-off with the police is in the offing. Later this evening, there will be a “Roving Radical Dance Party” which will undoubtedly represent mayhem in downtown Tampa. Downtown businesses are bracing for the worst.

The emphasis appears to be aimed at the Republicans, not the Democrats. Even though the Occupy Wall Street official web site claims protests are planned for both Tampa and Charlotte, it is obvious the GOP is being targeted as there is little on their web sites to describe the “March on the Democrats,” as opposed to a ton of material aimed at the Republicans. One could conclude that despite their claims of neutrality, these self-proclaimed anarchists have become an organ of the Democratic Party. I find this particularly disturbing since it was the policies of the current administration that is causing a lot of their problems.

My only concern about the Occupiers protest in Tampa is that a “clod” will start a riot, begin looting stores, throw a Molotov cocktail, or pull the trigger on a gun. I honestly hope this doesn’t happen but if it does, I know force will be met with force, both by the police and possibly by the citizenry. If the Occupiers start something, I am confident others will finish it. Frankly, I do not like sitting on a powder keg that could conceivably become the next “shot heard around the world.”

Keep the Faith!

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  1. Funny how people believe they are “entitled” to a home. I was raised that you had to work for such things…and if you work for something to attain it you learned to appreciate it. I see a lot of people who don’t appreciate what they have when they have it all because they feel they are entitled to it. It is a personal observation.


  2. Tim Bryce said

    An O.B. of Macon, Georgia wrote…

    “As I see it, the scenario ahead the OWS exists for one reason. As they occupy more and more cities and are not violent at this time, they will become violent the closer we get to election and the more groups there are the more violence that will erupt across the nation, and it will be violence to such a state that the National Guard will be called out and a national state of emergency declared, Martial Law will be set in place and the elections will be set aside. All FEMA personnel and all national department will be in direct control of the White House. Reference, take a good reading of the Presidential Executive Order that was written on March 16th of this year and those since. All designed to give the office of the President unlimited power over the people.

    I pray that I am wrong, but I can see no other reason why you would install Czars as head of organization that know absolutely nothing about how they operate. Except that you could control them. I am for the first time afraid for my country. It will not be like other countries who gave into corrupt governments, we have a grand contingent of rednecks that will not let that happen here. I see civil war before the end of the year.”


  3. Tim Bryce said

    A J.D. of Tampa, Florida wrote…

    “I was hoping the hurricane would keep the rioters at bay. Well, if they do riot, I hope it shows the RNC and Tampa as heroic in response.”


  4. Tim Bryce said

    A W.A. of the Dominican Republic wrote…

    “As usual, you are right on the money. You cannot have any kind of discourse with those to the left of the moderate leftists. I know this as my wife’s brothers and sisters (all nine of them) are extremely to the left. They can send us any kind of demeaning, disgusting views on Romney (Bush before him) but if I send them even a cartoon of anyone on the left, they will send me a scathing email saying they don’t ever want me to send them any info regarding Obama or anyone else on the extreme left. So, I quit sending them anything about 1+1/2 years ago. I still get their nasty criticisms of the right, however. When we visit (all are from Wisconsin) I dare not even think of discussing two different views, as it would totally blackball us from the family. Good luck with the convention and stay safe.”


  5. Tim Bryce said

    An M.M. of Cincinnati, Ohio wrote…

    “I was disgusted when I heard that the occupiers wanted to block bridges to keep delegates from arriving and to have a hacker get into the 911 system to keep emergency medical personnel from helping when they wrecked havoc in Tampa. Those are things that would affect far more people than the Republicans.

    They are “clods” and worse, Tim. We turn our cheeks day after day after day and they continue to spit on us.

    The occupiers think that food and shelter are their “rights”. They think that jobs, college and health care are “rights.” I don’t understand how we ended up with so many dysfunctional people in the US. I guess it happened because we allowed liberal/progressives to take over educating our young.”


  6. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “I’m beginning to believe that conventions will have to be held on well-guarded islands where access is limited to the delegates. That’s a sad situation for a free country where rights are respected and defended.

    I have to wonder how the Occupiers can afford to spend so much time camping out, waving signs and being a nuisance. They must not have jobs, so who feeds all these people? I wonder, and I think I can guess. “


  7. Tim Bryce said

    A T.S. of McLean, Virginia wrote…

    “Just wanted to say I see nothing wrong with your word “clod”that you are correcting yourself for – that is extremely mild esp. compared to what the left says about the conservatives.
    Liberalism is a mental disorder!”


  8. Tim Bryce said

    An L.M. of Chicago, Illinois wrote…

    “It’s like driving by an auto accident; you don’t want to look, but you have to. I don’t want to get involved in this lawlessness, but I can’t seem to help myself shout the bastards down.”


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