At the Thanksgiving Family Forum in Iowa Saturday, GOP candidate/guardian of upstanding moral righteousness/giant pumpkin with teeth and hair Newt Gingrich said that Occupy Wall Street protesters are "a pretty good symptom of how much the left has collapsed as a moral system in this country." "All the Occupy movement starts with the premise that we all owe them everything," Gingrich said. "They take over a public park they didn't pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn't pay for…[that's] why you need to reassert something by saying to them, 'Go get a job after you take a bath.'" The audience burst into loud applause after Gingrich's remarks, and then proceeded to choke to death on their own noxious fumes of self-satisfaction. I mean, not really, but fellow GOP candidate/OWS critic Herman Cain did give Gingrich a particularly appreciative eye-fuck afterwards.
While there's a fair amount of criticism to be aimed at aspects of the OWS movement, the categorization of all protesters as shiftless, patchouli-stinking hippies is lazy and irresponsible. Despite what Thanksgiving Family Forum audience members might think, there are a lot of people in this country who are pissed off for a whole mess of valid reasons, and surprisingly few of them are jam-band fans with a predilection for drum circles. Anyway, it's a bit rich hearing about the collapse of the "moral system in this country" from a serial adulterer who remains the only Speaker of the House ever to have been disciplined for ethics violations.