Your morning jolt: An ‘Occupy Atlanta’ dissing of John Lewis

Anybody who had a camera was at Five Points in downtown Atlanta on Friday, recording the finger-waggling process of the Southern version of Occupy Wall Street.

That included a conservative blogger who recorded – and chortled over – that crowd’s decision to block U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ request to address them. The YouTube clip already has 176,000 hits:

After being blocked by the crowd, Lewis talked with a CBS Atlanta crew:

“I was going to say, I stand with you. I support you, what you’re down,” said Lewis….

The Associated Press had a weekend piece on the way that activists from ‘60s are looking at Occupy Wall Street. Material included this from former Atlanta mayor and Martin Luther King Jr. lieutenant Andrew Young:

“There’s a difference between an emotional outcry and a movement,” said Andrew Young, who worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a strategist during the civil rights movement and served as mayor of Atlanta and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. “This is an emotional outcry. The difference is organization and articulation.”

….Ambassador Young said that to be effective, the protests need a serious discussion component and that leadership needs to emerge.
“I can understand people being frustrated with Wall Street, but this just needs to be more than people voicing their frustrations and a few leaders having their 15 minutes of fame,” he said. “It is important for those who have thought through their values and objections to somehow be heard.”

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In an interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain compared his decision to run to that of Moses of burning bush fame – and declared himself ready for increased scrutiny:

“I’m ready for the ‘gotcha’ questions and they’re already starting to come. And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say you know, I don’t know. Do you know? And then I’m going to say how’s that going to create one job? I want to focus on the top priorities of this country. That’s what leaders do.

“… Knowing who is the head of some of these small insignificant states around the world I don’t think that is something that is critical to focusing on national security and getting this economy going. When I get ready to go visit that country I’ll know who it is but until then I want to focus on the big issues that we need to solve.”

Somewhere in Foggy Bottom, a diplomat just sighed.

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A sign that someone from Georgia is eating Michele Bachmann’s lunch, from the Rochester, Minn., Post-Bulletin:

BLOOMINGTON — A surprise address from Herman Cain to Republican delegates paid off, with the Georgia businessman scoring big in the Minnesota GOP straw poll.

Cain won the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference straw poll with 52.6 percent of the vote. Minnesota native Michele Bachmann was a distant second with 12.2 percent.

Cain was the only candidate who addressed the delegates, speaking to them via Skype.com. That won over Rochester area Republicans, who joined 1,500 other delegates at the conference.

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We’re told that House members outshone members of the Senate on Saturday at a first-of-its-kind livestock competition at the Georgia State Fair in Perry. Pictured in their overalls are (left to right) Ben Fry of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, state Rep Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, and state Sen. Fred Ginn, R-Danielsville:

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Former House Republican leader Bob Irvin of Atlanta has let it be known that he won’t be among those trying to wrest a Senate seat from Democrat Doug Stoner of Smyrna. He cites business reasons.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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82 comments Add your comment

SAWB

October 10th, 2011
10:26 am

I am no big fan of the policies of John Lewis, but I think the guy has earned the right to at least be heard. I guess this really shows that all these Bohemian Hobos have no real agenda. It is funny that on one hand they chant against Corporations and then want someone to give them a job. So, if you hate Corporations who do you think is going to give you a job? Michael Moore? If these nimrods want a job maybe they need to stop voting for a party that is Ideological opposed to the free market and economic success.

Road Scholar

October 10th, 2011
10:28 am

Cain: ” I want to focus on the top priorities of this country. That’s what leaders do.”…”“… Knowing who is the head of some of these small insignificant states around the world I don’t think that is something that is critical to focusing on national security …”

Being the leader of the free world isn’t a priority? The world economy does not affect the US?

Intown moderate

October 10th, 2011
10:33 am

Besides help people expidite their passports, what’s Lewis done lately (as in the past 5-10 years?)
Most Dems i know think he’s 2 elections past retirement; his pandering has been grating on many nerves for some time now
I think if he were gone, and addressed as an elder statesman, he’d get more respect
Oh, and as a small business owner, it’s not hating corporations as hating their having bought off both sides of the isles so they get a free lunch and i’m stuck paying taxes to every tax collecting entity under the sun (and waiting for them to pay their bills on a 60 day cycle whilst forcing their employees into furlough days b/c they’ve decided to sit on cash flow but keep handing out their top execs fat paychecks).

clem

October 10th, 2011
10:33 am

money is corrupting our politics….sign the petition at getmoneyout…….then our politicians can devote more time to issues and less time to fund raising and being more than influenced….unless you are one of the ones buying pols you ought to consider it

Dave

October 10th, 2011
10:53 am

Jim…….you need to visit a farm sometime; none of the reps showing cattle are wearing overalls.

markmjtx

October 10th, 2011
10:55 am

The video shows this group for what they are. John Lewis departs with class and his dignity intact. He has been through far worse.

SAWB

October 10th, 2011
10:58 am

“it’s not hating corporations as hating their having bought off both sides of the isles so they get a free lunch and i’m stuck paying taxes to every tax collecting entity under the sun”

The problem is not that Corporations do not pay their fair share of taxes. The problem is that we have a tax code which allows them to not pay their fair share of taxes. If the system allows a Corporation to takes specific deductions they are not unethical for taking those deductions. What we need is real tax reform including the reduction of the overall tax rate for everyone and the elimination of all these various deductions.

Debbs

October 10th, 2011
11:08 am

You might want to make sure your article is up to date and accurate http://occupyatlanta.org/, John Lewis will be speaking to Occupy Atlanta.

the original and still the best John Galt

October 10th, 2011
11:11 am

The chanting that the crowd at “Occupy Atlanta” is doing is on about a third grade level. That’s the mentality of this group of Communists, burned out hippies, Birkenstock wearing Volvo driving… Well, you get the picture. When they are to the left of Lewis, they’re pretty far to the left.

Van Jones

October 10th, 2011
11:15 am

There was no dissing of John Lewis, the audience was just not interested in hearing anything he had to say.
Heck, he’s my rep and I’m not interested in anything he has to say!

Another Bob

October 10th, 2011
11:17 am

Debbs, So what? They already treated him with disrespect. I am not a fan of Lewis. In fact I think he is functionally retarded. but he IS a civil rights icon, and came out to speak to the crowd. At the very least, they should have given him 5 minutes, then go back to their moon-bat chanting.

double

October 10th, 2011
11:19 am

Now John don’t get excited.Do not want you having a biggie.

Pompano

October 10th, 2011
11:19 am

Hilarious that Lewis doesn’t even have a clue what the group is protesting (neither do they)but he’s ‘down with them’. What a media Wh@re!

Sounds like these two worthless groups are made for each other. Nothing more than searching for 15 minutes of fame.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

October 10th, 2011
11:24 am

That’s Senator Frank “Ginn” ….not “Ginny”.

double

October 10th, 2011
11:26 am

Darn I’m pissed off.Should have been one White bovine in that picture.Galloway you’ll upset Centrist.

The Goobernator

October 10th, 2011
11:27 am

Jim: Please get your facts straight before posting a slanted view of Rep. Lewis attempt to get on the speakers agenda. While I agree the ‘Occupy’ movement has no clear message, it did have a consensus process for speakers and Rep. Lewis’ schedule did not allow him to wait for an open speaking slot. OccupyAtlanta did not outright refuse Rep. Lewis an opportunity to speak.

Rick Day

October 10th, 2011
11:30 am

John Lewis: you are no longer a part of the solution. No matter what good you have done in the past, the fact is you are a sitting member of a Congress of Corporate Cronies.

The people don’t want the support of either the D’s or the R’s. You no longer represent the living breathing people. You represent the un-dead; the citizens known as ‘corporations’.

Sorry, you made your choices to sleep with the Devil when you became a member of the D-status quo. Live with the butt hurt.

Joe Rational

October 10th, 2011
11:41 am

SAWB
“The problem is not that Corporations do not pay their fair share of taxes. The problem is that we have a tax code which allows them to not pay their fair share of taxes. If the system allows a Corporation to takes specific deductions they are not unethical for taking those deductions. What we need is real tax reform including the reduction of the overall tax rate for everyone and the elimination of all these various deductions.”

How do you think the tax code got so screwed up in the first place? Intown Mod’s point is that they have bought both sides to get what they want. I agree we need tax reform but we don’t need corporations deciding how to do it.
Frankly the Occupy bunch shares as much with the Tea Party as anyone. Radical movements exaggerate points to get attention…..and sometimes change.

Jon Lester

October 10th, 2011
11:42 am

It’s very telling that at least one commenter here equates unselfish people with communists.

Paul Randall

October 10th, 2011
11:48 am

These people are as loony as the Tea Puppets

JWC

October 10th, 2011
11:53 am

Thank God for freedom of speech and video cameras. America, you HAVE to watch this video. OMG. I laughed until I cried. It reminded me of the scene in the movie, Animal House (”I, state your name”). Absolutely, priceless. ….and the hands in the air. Were they voting or waving to the mother ship? OK, Space Cadets, please, please, please keep this up. Obama’s poll numbers will drop like a rock. The “Tea Baggers vs. the “Tin Hats”.

Shar

October 10th, 2011
11:57 am

John Lewis is my representative and he hasn’t done anything worth mentioning for the Fifth Districe in at least ten years. He is a one trick pony, was co-opted by his favored special interests a long time ago, and doesn’t even bother to show up in Atlanta or vote anything but ‘no’ in Washington. I didn’t send him there to protest, I sent him there to represent me and he has failed. He needs to recognize such things as the Occupy Atlanta snub as a reflection that his relevance is over, and retire before we are forced to humiliate him by throwing him out.

Rep. Lewis, please don’t make me vote for a Republican. Just go away and let someone more capable take the seat.

Cher

October 10th, 2011
12:08 pm

If I was at any gathering and a congressman was treated like that, liberal, conservative, it makes no difference. I would walk out with him. In this instance John and only his assistants walked. I would say that John Lewis appreciates conservatives a bit more today.

yuzeyurbrane

October 10th, 2011
12:08 pm

Those above who have criticized Cong. Lewis have obviously not read his record, especially his positions in the last turbulent 24 months. He has been there consistently on the side of the middle class, lower income and Seniors on every vote and has also made public statements in that regard. He has been a bulwark, attempting to protect us at every turn, and even when subjected to great pressure by his allies in the Obama administration, he has been steadfast by his principles. I don’t expect Teapeople to like him, but if you are middle or working class, a student or a Senior, you ought to research carefully before you speak against him.

JWC

October 10th, 2011
12:16 pm

If the Tin Hatters could just stay in Hurt Park for another 13 months, I pledge to supply the soap for bathing in the fountain, granola bars for sustenance, spray paint for peace sign grafitti for peace signs and other statement artwork……Am I leaving anything out? Oh yeah, and the tin foil for communicating with the mother ship…….

I hate to be such a capitalist but think of the tie in’s here…..Hey, these guys need money for the movement. Kashi for “earth food”, Krylon for “revolutionary artwork” (tagline: Neither Krylon or the Tin Hats run when it rains…)…hey, gotta always be thinking…
what else….?…um….oh yeah, how could I forget, Reynolds Aluminum could be the official sponsor of the Tin Hat Revolution.

Name is Wrong

October 10th, 2011
12:24 pm

Showing the cows is Senator Frank Ginn, nor Fred Ginny.

http://www.frankginn.com

SAWB

October 10th, 2011
12:36 pm

“How do you think the tax code got so screwed up in the first place? Intown Mod’s point is that they have bought both sides to get what they want. I agree we need tax reform but we don’t need corporations deciding how to do it.
Frankly the Occupy bunch shares as much with the Tea Party as anyone. Radical movements exaggerate points to get attention…..and sometimes change.”

Well, I do not necessarily disagree, but bad mouthing Corporations while funneling large amounts of money to Obama is not going to fix things. The Hobos are aligned with the Unions who collect large amounts of money and then buy off the Democrat Party. Yes, I know that the Republican Party is just as guilty. The answer is significant reform and we are not going to get that from Obama. Maybe we need someone like Cain or even our favorite grumpy old Uncle Ron Paul to shake things up.

cartoon

October 10th, 2011
12:40 pm

I’ve got to try to understand this preoccupation with the ocular migraine that is the occupy wall street movement. Is it just folks who lost money on Etrade?

MrLiberty

October 10th, 2011
12:41 pm

Lewis is as much a part of the problem of “owned” politicians as anyone else. His walking with MLK doesn’t absolve him of his current sins against american freedom. Like most every other democrat and republican, he supports the bailouts, the federal reserve, protective regulations, protective tarriffs, labor-destroying unions, high taxation, savings-destroying inflation, the overseas empire, and the list goes on and on.

While Obama took more money from Goldman Sachs in the last election cycle than any other contributor, the democrats now claim that they want to own this movement.

Ron Paul is the only congressman and only candidate that can own this movement as he has the only economic and foreign policy program that will end the control that banks and big business have over our economy and our future.

Ron Paul 2012.

cartoon

October 10th, 2011
12:41 pm

I mean, if the Etrade baby can do it, then why can’t I? Is that the point of the movement?

cartoon

October 10th, 2011
12:42 pm

I’ve always hated the Etrade baby. So smug. Sure, the baby made money going short.

artb

October 10th, 2011
1:11 pm

MrLiberty, unless you have walked in John Lewis’ shoes and been hit over the head by redneck cops, you have no right to ever question what freedom means to anybody!

Jillian Galloway

October 10th, 2011
1:11 pm

At least the protestors are *trying* to improve things. Most of us are just trying to keep our heads down while buying the latest gadgets and putting our kids through school. We all fear that if we speak up too much about unfair or even outright harmful laws that we’ll draw police attention to ourselves and risk losing our kids and comfortable lifestyle.

Why else would decent people like ourselves say nothing when the federal marijuana prohibition *increases* our costs and the risks our children face while providing not a single benefit back to society? Supporters of the prohibition have had FORTY YEARS to prove that it works and they’ve failed. The prohibition *doesn’t* stop people buying and using marijuana, and as basic economics tells us, where there’s demand there’ll be supply – whether it’s legal or not.

Since marijuana use can’t be stopped, we have to decide if we want drug dealers selling marijuana to kids or supermarkets selling legally-grown marijuana to adults at prices low enough to prevent illegal competition. This is a parent’s issue, and it’s time for us to SPEAK UP!!

I hate everyone

October 10th, 2011
1:11 pm

As much as I think the “Occupier” crowd is a waste of good oxygen, I have to admit their decision not (or inability) to pay attention to Rep. Lewis amuses me.
It is well-known in local political circles that Lewis is running on the fumes of his legacy and has done very little to actually engage in the political process in the last couple of years.
His lack of effort has even lead to the appearance of some formidable challengers in next year’s Dem primary. No seat is safe. Just ask Cynthia McKinney. I mean that as no disrespect to Rep. Lewis; I am not comparing him to Ms. McKinney in any way, and I have a great respect for him as a leader and the work he has done over the years for our region. But this shameless and weak attempt at an easy media grab ended up in failure, and it may be a sign of things to come.
If he cannot do any better than that, he may need to take one for the team and get behind a Dem with some energy and enthusiasm for the job before it’s too late. If the GA legislature is successful on redrawing districts, we may be facing the prospect of sending yet another idiot teatard to Washington next November.

Bubba

October 10th, 2011
1:28 pm

Where does Rep. Lindsay keep his cow in Buckhead? Or is he just being a good sport, kind of like when they put sombreros and Indian chief headdresses on politicians?

Ryan Shakur

October 10th, 2011
1:33 pm

MEMO

TO: hardy har har, jimdandy
FROM: Ryan Shakur
Subject: Your tone
Cc: Readers of Your morning jolt: An ‘Occupy Atlanta’ dissing of John Lewis

Comments:
Watch you tone. For such high class, educationally sound and fundamentally stable individuals, you both certainly sound like two hicks sharing the same spit cup. Perhaps you’ve been drinking from it as well…figures. Blame who you want: blame it on the Mexicans, blame in on the Indians (lol probably would be your first choice), blame Democrats, hell blame it on Black people. Fine; your ancestors (as bright as they are apparently) dragged its masterful way of life here to flourish for all of his generations, including you two- to enjoy.

PS. I know it’s not ALL white people who think like you two, but for those that do share your sentiment: my regards. Your existence is surely has purpose and meaning…or should I say predictable and innate?

Enjoy each other’s spit :)

Don Abernethy

October 10th, 2011
1:37 pm

I am amazed that you allowed whites to express their views about blacks. The way things are going we will not be around much longer to express any view because we will be such a small minority.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

October 10th, 2011
1:45 pm

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’

Party on, you beautiful Occupiers. It’s the first time I’ve felt a breeze in years.

Jack

October 10th, 2011
1:54 pm

The Occupy Atlanta group are all losers. But they’re getting exactly what they want: coverage by the media.

Joe Rational

October 10th, 2011
1:56 pm

*Hate* says..
“….But this shameless and weak attempt at an easy media grab ended up in failure, and it may be a sign of things to come.
If he cannot do any better than that, he may need to take one for the team and get behind a Dem with some energy and enthusiasm for the job…”

Are you kidding? Mr. Lewis’ young staffers can’t keep up with him he has so much energy. You don’t know this because he does it constantly for all the right reasons- not a “media grab”. Right or wrong Mr. Lewis was there to talk to the people not the media and was nothing but gracious and understanding about waiting for his turn.
I am a moderate in the 5th District and often disagree with some of Mr. Lewis’ positions. I don’t question his remarkable sense of service, consistency or his integrity. We should all honor those traits on either side of the aisle.

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Jack

October 10th, 2011
2:09 pm

Jillian Galloway @1:11: Be sure you take your children with you to the grocery store when you buy legal dope.

Shaniqua

October 10th, 2011
2:13 pm

Lewis the old civil rights warlord may be past his heyday, but he’s still able to bring home the bacon. The $47 million federal government grant for the downtown trolley to nowhere being a prime example.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

October 10th, 2011
3:15 pm

We sent our “Ethics Hawk” to Congress to take up Dr. KIng’s unfinished work.

Dr. King’s killers are now running our country, and John Lewis hasn’t made a peep about that even though he probably witnessed “the white jumbo jet’s lumbering turn directly overhead” on the morning of 9/11: proof of Bush’s and Cheney’s treason.

Mr. Lewis didn’t raise his voice when the Roman Catholics in the FBI slaughtered the innocent Black and White Seventh Day Adventists at Waco, either.

Lewis is a sell out and needs to gracefully retire.

Occupy Atlanta needs to develop a cohesive message around ending treason and expropriating the 1% Fifth Column of the Roman Anti-Christ. Follow Mr. Jefferson and the American People will pick up the beat, again.

Limey

October 10th, 2011
3:29 pm

“Chortled?” For God’s sake man……

AnnSometimesY

October 10th, 2011
3:46 pm

There are been a total of three times, that I wrote to Congressman, Lewis. Each and everytime, he answered my mail to him within a few days. Also, his responses were NOT generic, but, actually addressed my concerns and he actually found solutions to my problems. This was not, sad to say, the same result from Saxby Chambliss. I simply received a form letter type of report from him. I think Mr. Lewis is being maligned by some of the posters here. At the very least, he tries. If you’ve had contact with him, you would know this is factual.

Jack Jersawitz

October 10th, 2011
4:27 pm

I completely agree that the crowd at Friday’s General Assembly of Occupy Atlanta was all over the place ideologically. The John Lewis thing is good example.

I was in that crowd and I made a comment that has not apparently made it to video.

That comment was to the effect that despite Lewis heroic past his present is that of a member of government and a supporter of the war criminal and murderer Obama.

Past heros are kind of nice but “hero’s” that support current murderous and war criminal governments by being part of that government and by their silence party to the crimes. Lewis has said not a thing about the crimes of his Democratic Party and his Democratic government. He said little more when Bush and the Republicans were in power.

The future trajectory of the Lewis as a leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee was itself pretty clear all those years ago in Mississippi when it became quite clear that the Southern Leaders of the Civil Rights movement had as their objective to become members of the the Democratic Party in the South. Lewis, whom I first saw at a SNCC meeting in Talledega, as small and unassuming as he was, could not be seen as he became, just another politician trading on that past. But back then, to anybody with the slightest modicum of class war prospective and Marxist education (And mine was certainly minimal), it could be seen that all of that long hot Freedom Summer would come down to this, a heroic leader of that time who got his head busted by the racists, because of his association with bourgeois politics and membership in the bourgeois Democratic Party, sitting silently even whilst his war criminal and murderer President Obama, who ought to be indicted, tried, convicted, and hung, has his attorneys seeking to justify crimes that cannot be justified.

The same fate ought to be accorded to Lewis and every other politician, Republican or Democratic. member of Congress who supports instead of opposes this governments crimes.

They are war criminals and murderers by the fact that they aid and abet with, at best, silence.

Occupy Atlanta was correct in turning away John Lewis even if for confused reasons.

Jack Jersawitz
404-892-1238
bigjackjj@yahoo.com

Dmac

October 10th, 2011
7:05 pm

If I’d been at the Occupy Atlanta rally, I would have started a chant “let Lewis speak, let Lewis speak”! This movement needs every voice, especially those who directly represent the people. It’s a shame that more Dems are not willing to speak out. Bravo to Rep. Lewis!

Next time (and there will be), let him speak! He’s on our side. He’s been fighting this fight longer than many of you have been out of diapers.

jasciu metelonek

October 10th, 2011
7:19 pm

So, as to be clear, the current movement stands for 8 or so issues.

1) End the Collusion Between Government and Large Corporations/Banks, So That Our Elected Leaders Are Actually Representing the Interests of the People (the 99%) and Not Just Their Rich Donors (the 1%).

2) Investigate Wall Street and Hold Senior Executives Accountable for the Destruction in Wealth that has Devastated Millions of People.

3) Return the Power of Coining Money to the U.S. Treasury and Return to Sound Money

4) Limit the Size, Scope and Power of Banks so that None are Ever Again “Too Big to Fail” and in Need to Taxpayer Bailouts

5) Eliminate “Personhood” Legal Status for Corporations

6) Repeal the Patriot Act, End the War on Drugs and Protect Civil Liberties

7) End the wars of aggression based on resource exploitation, bring the troops home from all countries and put them to school and work building our country, cut the military budget and limit the military role to protection of the homeland

8) Invest in education, energy, transportation and agriculture alternatives that allows for prosperity, environmental protection and jobs without economic growth.

9) Provide for basic level of healthcare for all citizens with the option to purchase additional protection at the individual’s discretion.

10) Provide an option for part-time community service to help pay for the benefits provided for and retain the workers experience and skills at high levels.

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