Editor: Initially we had this confused with another group. We now stand corrected and the following post has been changed to reflect this new understanding.
The Lincoln Club of San Diego is displaying some real bad taste with their new Christmas event invite. The group – an organized and ideological collection of Republican business people have sent out a colorful invite for their Grant Hotel shindig for December 8th entitled “Occupy Christmas” in an obvious pimp off the Occupy Wall Street movement. The card includes four camping tents with three signs made to look like protest signs that say “save the date” – well, you can see it.
To top it off, the keynote speaker is Steve Breen, the editorial cartoonist for the San Diego U-T.
So why is this worthy of note at the OB Rag?
We wanted to show how this clear mockery of the occupy movement by the invite is simply soaked in elitist hypocrisy, and not only makes fun of the movement that has highlighted the disparity in income between the very, very rich and the rest of us, it disparages protest and dissent in general.
For one, the people – the elected officials – this GOP club supports, plainly do not support the Occupy Movement either in general or here in San Diego. Their Republican mayor, Jerry Sanders, has rode roughshod over the demonstrators, refusing to negotiate with them, has had them roughed up, arrested, pepper-sprayed, removed, and has done everything in his power to get rid of them. DeMaio has openly mocked them and disparaged the movement by lying about its effects on a couple local businesses.
Not only that, other prominent GOP elected officials (Zapf, Dumanis, DeMaio) that the Club supports have been particularly un-supportive or downright nasty towards the demonstrators.
The mocking of the iconic symbol of the tents is especially mean-spirited. It has been the tents that have been the focus of much of the Republican establishment’s ire here in this town – and around the country. It has been the tents that have been in the center of the occupy controversy.
Plus, the U-T editorial cartoonist, Breen, has shown no love for the Occupy San Diego movement; weekly he mocks it in his hand-drawn op-eds.
So, we just think that the Lincoln Club – like many groups – have jumped on the “occupy” bandwagon because it’s fashionable to mention the word “occupy” with whatever your favorite cause or focus is. It’s just downright ugly to send this invite out at the same time – and during this season of giving and forgiving no less! – that the Lincoln Club’s heroes have banned tents and are bashing, harassing, and arresting occupy protesters.