Who are the fascists here?

Louts at Occupy Denver trample others' freedom to trot out theirs

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Cynthia Ingram made her considerable way from Buffalo, N.Y., to Denver, Colo., this past week to honor her cousin who apparently died homeless in the Mile High city.

The occasion was a yearly vigil for the homeless who’ve died on city streets over the past year despite Denver’s many fervent outreach programs. The Denver Post called the touching annual memorial – where this year the names of 136 deceased homeless people were to be read aloud – a “traditionally solemn” affair.

Not this year.

Instead, when Denver Mayor Michael Hancock took the lectern, a group of Occupy Denver protesters shouted him down, calling him a “fascist” and “criminal,” among other things.

“For about three minutes,” writes the Post, “the mayor pleaded with them to show civility to the families present and respect for the 136 men and women whose names were to be called ...”

You just can’t reason with some people, especially those with no class or sense of propriety or dignity.

Just when you have twinges of commonality or sympathy with the Occupy folks, they remind you why you really don’t. What a thoroughly, uncomplicatedly disgraceful thing to do – to disrupt any memorial service, but certainly one for dozens of the homeless. And they claim to have an affinity for the homeless.

It gets worse.

Note the dangerously condescending and imperious attitude of one vocal Occupy Denver protester who justified the disrupting of the memorial service by noting the mayor’s role in evicting Occupy from a park the day before, after weeks of pleadings and warnings:

“He does not deserve to be heard or respected,” she said.

So, in short, they want their First Amendment rights respected, but see fit to deny others theirs. Nice manners, babe.

And, oh by the way, the First Amendment neither requires that you occupy public spaces overnight, nor allows it in opposition to the law. This woman can speak all day; she just doesn’t have the right to build a shanty in a public park.

Nor does she have the right to disrupt ceremonies and speeches.

But this is the morally superior – dare we say “fascist”? – attitude increasingly displayed by her ilk: that they alone are the arbiters of which public speech is to be heard and respected – homeless loved ones and memorials be hanged.

“This isn’t about their political agenda,” Ingram said. “It’s about our family, some sympathy and showing just a little bit of respect for the dead. I am so angry right now.”

Join the club, Cynthia.

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carcraft 12/26/11 - 12:17 pm
Why should the left be

Why should the left be surprised? These idiots have been disrupting speaches by folks on the right for YEARS, all with the approval of university and Democratic government leaders, well the law of sowing and reaping is operating well!

Riverman1 12/26/11 - 09:23 am
If anyone believes these

If anyone believes these derelicts are even distant cousins of Tea Party folks, they are out to lunch just like the OWS crowd.

crkgrdn 12/26/11 - 10:46 am
What has happened to our

What has happened to our nation? How I long for the days when the construction workers donning their hard hats swept through protests by those filthy in language and body.

JRC2024 12/26/11 - 11:59 am
Dichotomy I just think they

Dichotomy I just think they are mindless freeloaders that have been living on daddy's money and now it is time for them to work and they do not know how or do not want to. Maybe mommie and daddy cut them off and kicked them out.

harley_52 12/26/11 - 04:14 pm
I hope nobody is operating

I hope nobody is operating under the misunderstanding these folks are gone. They aren't. They'll be back in force for the political conventions and then here to stay through the election. This last little episode was just a drill and an organizational rehearsal.

They're coming back in spades.

shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 12/26/11 - 08:32 pm
These kids are upset they

These kids are upset they missed the 60's.
After all these months I still don't know what they're protesting. The first thing you should do when protesting something is understand what you are protesting. These knumbskulls have no clue.
They need to occupy a clue.

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