I wonder what Charles Pierce at Esquire, the author of a book titled "Idiot America," has to say about Lech Walesa nixing the idea of coming to New York to address the OWS crowd.
Here's what he wrote when Walesa appeared to be coming:
The fact that Lech Walesa apparently is planning to come to New York to visit the Occupy site is just about the coolest thing that's happened since the movement's reach began to spread. I am looking forward to hearing David Brooks and George Effing Will and the rest of the people react to the presence of a genuine hero without whom the likes of Brooks and Will - and just about every conservative on the planet - would not be allowed to lie all the time about Ronald Reagan's having won the Cold War. (Hint: It was far more the doing of people like Walesa and his fellow Pole, the guy who was sitting in the Chair of Peter at the time.) It would also be hilarious to hear someone call Lech Walesa a Communist.
Well, Brooks and Will won't have to "lie" about the death of Communism (what about Thatcher?) because, after being informed of the kind of fruit and nutcakes who are occupying Zucotti Park, Walesa, sensibly, will not be part of the show.
When Walesa's comments hit the AP wire last week, my team immediately reached out to our Polish contacts. We made the point that the political themes of Occupy Wall Street may have started out with some of the principles that we share, but OWS themes were rapidly being morphed into anti-freedom and anti-liberty messages. At the core is the want for a big, powerful central government to dominate the lives of individual citizens.
Using biggovernment.com plus other news sources, rapidly we painted an accurate picture of the groups training, leading, and organizing the "movement." The movement is organized by anarchists, Code Pink, the American Communist movement, jihadists, anti-Israel, socialist, and anti- free enterprise interests. OWS folks are politically to the left of President Barack Obama.
At the Lech Walesa Institute Foundation in Warsaw, they were thankful to receive this information.
Based on our discussion and intervention, President Walesa is not going to get involved with the OWS. He is not comfortable with the "organizations" behind the movement. It was not a difficult discussion.
Anyone who can't fathom the radical extremism of the OWS crowd at most - not all - OWS venues, needs a remedial course in mainstream politics. Whatever organization there is at OWS encampments is driven by hard left professionals. Walesa, not surprisingly, while probably sympathetic to the announced goals of the OWS movement, nevertheless refuses to put the imprimatur of legitimacy on a protest run by professional agitators and anti-democratic organizations.
Good for him.