TheDC Interview: Radio host Chris Plante discusses Occupy movement

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

Chris Plante is the host of “The Chris Plante Show” on WMAL in Washington, D.C.

Since the Occupy protests sprouted a D.C. branch, Plante has observed the movement up close. The Daily Caller recently interviewed him to get his impression on the movement, whether it will hurt the Democrats next November and how it compares to the tea party and the other protest movements he has witnessed. (RELATED: Ginni Thomas’ interview with Chris Plante)

You visited Occupy DC on several occasions. What has been your impression of it as a movement?

It appears to be a bunch of California-style, lazy, dope-smokin’, entitled, largely confused, apparently anti-capitalist miscreants who seem to think that someone owes them something. They are the grandsons and granddaughters of the 1960s generation who have been raised with the misunderstanding that this country is all about what the government can do for them. They’ve been brainwashed by the academic Left, and a thoroughly corrupt “news” media, into believing that if they stamp their feet for long enough, and if they are loud enough, that someone who actually works hard will come along and simply hand them what they want — pay their student loans and give them lots of nice stuff.  They have taken the famous John F. Kennedy quote about asking not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country and turned it upside down and inside out, to paraphrase Diana Ross. In short, a generation of spoiled brats has taken to the streets. They are koo-koo for Cocoa Puffs, and they want them now. And they emit a rather unpleasant aroma as well.

Have you been able to determine what their message is?

The “message,” as far as I can tell, is simply “rich is bad,” whereas “stupid, greedy and violent is good.”

They appear to be bent on demanding that the government perform the role of private thug for hire and steal from the rich and give to the loud. Kind of a know-nothing variation on Robin Hood. Their so-called “message” is as incoherent as any message ever carried by any mob. They want to lynch someone, they just can’t tell you who. In reality, although most of them don’t know it, they are the cannon fodder for an as-yet undefined effort by the far Left to tear down the existing order. That is at least their fantasy. Behind the curtain are the likes of the George Soros funded adBusters group out of Vancouver, the self-described communist — as silly as that sounds — Van Jones (a former “Czar” in the Obama administration) and the likes of Andy Stern, the former head of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). And the direct links to the Obama White House are undeniable. Although the phony “news” media are happy to deny them.

This movement is about the politics of resentment, selfishness and the worst of human nature. And make no mistake about it, it is the politics of today’s Democrat party — from top to bottom. This is no longer the party of John F. Kennedy. Not by a long shot. He’d be kicked out of today’s party just like Senator Joe Lieberman was.