Tell that to the New York state legislators getting death-threat e-mails from them.
Several influential New York state lawmakers have received threatening mails saying it is “time to kill the wealthy” if they don’t renew the state’s tax surcharge on millionaires, according to reports.
“It’s time to tax the millionaires!” reads the email, according to WTEN in Albany. “If you don’t, I’m going to pay a visit with my carbine to one of those tech companies you are so proud of and shoot every spoiled Ivy League [expletive] I can find.”
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos reportedly received the email, as did State Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari. The governor’s office did not tell the New York Daily News whether the governor received the email.
The email, with the threatening subject line of, “time to kill the wealthy,” was detailed and disturbing.
“How hard is it for us to stake out one of the obvious access roads to some tech company, tail an employee home and toss a liquor bottle full of flaming gasoline through their nice picture window into their cute house,” wrote the author of the email.
The email references terminology that has been used in the “Occupy Wall Street” movement — that the1 percent, the super rich, are exploiting the remaining 99 percent of Americans. The angry message demanded that Albany politicians “stop shoveling wealth from the lower 99 percent into the top 1 percent” and “set aside your ‘no new taxes on anybody’ pledge.”
The New York surcharge on the wealthy is set to expire at the end of this year, and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans oppose continuing it. Under the surcharge, passed into law in 2009, individuals earning $200,000 or more pay 1 percentage point more in taxes, and those earning $500,000 or more pay a rate that is 2.12 percentage points higher than those earning less than $200,000. Less than 3 percent of New York households are affected by the surcharge.
“You’re going to do it [renew the surcharge], or we are going to sow the kind of choas [sic] you are unequipped to deal with,” the email said. “And you’re going to find yourself in a country where you and your wealthy friends are gonig [sic] to be hunted.”
These clowns are not some organic left-wing answer to the Tea Party. They bill themselves as an American version of the Arab Spring, and that’s probably true – the Arab Spring was largely ginned up by Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. These guys are ginned up by George Soros and ACORN and the unions.
When the Occupy Wall Street movement – if you can call it that – was first getting started, its website called on its people to do the following…
- We call for protests to remain active in the cities. Those already there, to grow, to organize, to raise consciousnesses, for those cities where there are no protests, for protests to organize and disrupt the system.
- We call for workers to not only strike, but seize their workplaces collectively, and to organize them democratically. We call for students and teachers to act together, to teach democracy, not merely the teachers to the students, but the students to the teachers. To seize the classrooms and free minds together.
- We call for the unemployed to volunteer, to learn, to teach, to use what skills they have to support themselves as part of the revolting people as a community.
- We call for the organization of people’s assemblies in every city, every public square, every township.
- We call for the seizure and use of abandoned buildings, of abandoned land, of every property seized and abandoned by speculators, for the people, for every group that will organize them.
We call for a revolution of the mind as well as the body politic.
Revolution. Literally, not figuratively.
When all these morons are interviewed and asked about their aims and they say they’ll be around “indefinitely,” it doesn’t mean that they’re just going to sit on their rear ends because it’s more fun than finding a job – for them it is, certainly, but that’s not the point. No, they make cryptic and unimpressive statements like they’re going to be there until their demands are met without saying what those demands are – although there is a steady stream of completely unrealistic and laughable demands being made by them.
That might come off as stupid and unorganized, and of course it is. But the template is Tahrir Square; these people think they can take down the capitalist system if they can hang in long enough. They think eventually the Powers That Be will do something stupid and the violence will begin – and once the violence starts they’ll have their revolution.
But they can’t exactly say that to ABC News or the New York Times, because to do that would mean it’s impossible for the NYPD or whatever law enforcement arm would be applicable in the area (these demonstrations are going on all over the place) not to round up the whole lot and stash them somewhere. Because it’s not exactly legal to be out in the streets fomenting revolution against the United States government.
This group isn’t monolithic. It’s a wide swath of left-wing grievance artists; it’s Code Pink, it’s ACORN, it’s anarchists and it’s a lot of dumb college kids who are just starting to grasp the fact that they’ve wasted 200K of their parents’ money on crip courses at selective-admissions schools pursuing a degree which is thoroughly worthless in the real world and they’re going to be broke for a long time as a result.
But that’s a lot like the Arab Spring. There were lots of disaffected college kids wishing for democracy in the streets of Cairo, too, but when it came to nut-cutting time it was the Muslim Brotherhood who ended up taking over that movement. That’s exactly what’s afoot here.
NYPD and the FBI – or maybe even DHS – had better get some people on the inside of this thing, and quick. Because the longer it goes on scenes like this are going to be mild compared to what’s coming.
Will that happen, though? Today, Obama said these people are just expressing “broad-based frustration about how our financial system works.” Democrat politicians like John Kerry and Ben Cardin are falling all over themselves to support this mob. Maybe there are some adults in the crowd at the White House – Bill Daley didn’t seem to be overly enamored of the demonstrators – but generally speaking the president’s friends have been pointing toward something like this for a good long time.
It’s impossible to believe there is no interplay between the far-left people in this administration and these demonstrators.
In any event one can certainly be forgiven for distrusting this administration’s commitment to resolving these demonstrations and restoring the peace on our streets.
Something to watch – how many of these Occupy demonstrations are taking place in cities run by Republicans? In how many places are they taking the chance of having the cops roll in and break them up? There isn’t a clear answer to that yet, but I suspect we’re going to see these things taking place in towns where the local leadership is willing to give a wink and a nod and to offer platitudes about how the kids have a point and we’re going to need to meet them halfway and so on.
And if that happens it’s the worst of all possible worlds – because it amounts to a potential coup d’etat by the Left. There might well be elements within the power structure of the Soros-funded swamps who are aiming to create a crisis mentality among the public and scare them into keeping Obama in office. He’s anything but conciliatory in his tone and he gets more combative the worse his poll numbers look. He won’t move to the center as things get worse and now we have rioters in New York City and other places. Obama-affiliated union bosses are talking about making Jamie Dimon uncomfortable, shortly after Dimon – a former Obama donor – joined Mitt Romney’s team.
It has the feel of ruthless, raw political bullying. Chicago-style muscle. Hugo Chavez electioneering. The more Obama’s re-election looks hopeless, the more out-of-control his people on the left seem to be getting.
Unfortunately, right now they’re in charge. There isn’t much our side can do if they’d like to let their people run wild.
Brings this to mind…