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Today marks the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, a movement born of disaffection, a surface-level distrust of the political and financial establishment, and more than all that together, ennui.

To mark the occasion, what is left of the group is once again taking to New York City’s streets. So far, reports that a group of three in wheelchairs attempted to block Broadway, for which they appear to have been arrested.

In contrast to the Tea Party movement, Occupy Wall Street has embraced secrecy and violence, rather than transparency and peaceful protest. From the adoption of the “no-snitching” Chicago Principles to the coverup of rapes and terrorism, OWS has been the anti-American movement to its core.

A few examples:

I could go on. Perhaps that’s the reason for the massive police presence at today’s Occupy Wall Street demonstration.

Rather than just revealing the Occupy movement’s decayed values, we should pay attention to the mainstream media’s treatment of the movement and its complicity in putting forth a distorting image that glossed over the violence and presence of far-left revolutionaries. They protected and cultivated the distrust of Wall Street as some sort of cohesive and comprehensive financial policy point-of-view.

I know because I was there, at Zuccotti and in Chicago and across the country visiting different Occupy protests. I saw the media hang back on the sidelines and get the story from the “official spokesperson” rather than investigating further for themselves.

If anything, the lesson, one year later, from Occupy Wall Street, is that we cannot continue to allow the media to provide our information. We have to seek out alternate sources, become the media ourselves, and hold them accountable the way we would our elected officials.

When Breitbart said “F*** You. War” it was directed at the left, and the media who willingly called Tea Partiers the worst of names as they demonstrated for the Constitution and for freedom.

#WAR

Cross-posted at Legal Insurrection

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