Conservative activist and author David Horowitz tells Newsmax that the Occupy Wall Street protesters are “morons” being exploited by the organized left.
He also says the Republican presidential candidate could win in a landslide in 2012, warns that the Democrats are “character assassins” who will vilify their GOP rival, and predicts that the tea party will play a huge role in the outcome.
Horowitz is the founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center and editor of FrontPage Magazine. His latest book is "A Point in Time: The Search For Redemption in This Life and the Next."
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The Freedom Center’s stated mission is to “combat the efforts of the radical left and its Islamist allies to destroy American values in a time of terror.” The organization will convene its annual Restoration Weekend in South Florida beginning on Nov. 17.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Horowitz, a former radical leftist who converted to conservatism in the 1980s, was asked about the Occupy Wall Street protesters and their ongoing demonstrations in Manhattan and elsewhere.
“They are idiots,” Horowitz declares.
“If you’ve watched their interviews you know that they’re morons. But what is behind them is ACORN, George Soros, and the core of the Democratic Party. That’s why we ought to pay attention to them.”
As to whether the Occupy movement has been spontaneous or manipulated by the organized left, Horowitz says: “I think it’s both. It’s like a chicken-and-an-egg question.
“Some of the motivation must have been that the Democrats have created this horrific situation in our education system, where you get what looks like a free ride because there are all these student loans, and it’s not a free ride.
“So you have these kids, they’ve got a $100,000 debt and there are no jobs, thanks to the Democrats. So that became an occasion, and once there’s a happening — the first Occupy Wall Street — then these big unions come in behind it, there’s money there, and ACORN. So there’s already a very organized left and it grows.
“When you’re 20 years old and kind of stupid, you want to be involved in what’s happening. It’s exciting. We’re making history. No you’re not. You’re just dirtying the streets and the neighborhood.”
Asked about the Occupy Wall Street movement’s future, Horowitz responds that it’s fueled by the old left “that was demoralized by the collapse of socialism and was dormant for a few years, and then came back. We can expect this to go on and on in the future. You’re not going to persuade them. They’re going to be there.”
Discussing the 2012 elections, Horowitz tells Newsmax that Republicans “need point out the damage the Democratic Party is doing. They sabotaged the war in Iraq. They sabotaged our foreign policy in the Middle East, so now we have a real war situation. We have Iran on the brink of nuclear weapons, thanks to the Democrats.”
Asked whether he agrees with conservative pundits who predict the Republicans will win the White House next year, Horowitz responds: “I think it could be a landslide in our favor, and I think we can lose, so I wouldn’t be so confident.
“A lot depends on the candidate. All of our candidates have vulnerabilities that worry me, and the Democrats are character assassins. That’s what they do. They don’t have ideas or plans to fix things. What they have is the weapons of slander and vilification and the politics of personal destruction, which is what is going on now with Herman Cain.”
As for the tea party’s role next year, Horowitz declares: “The tea party is the most important development in the history of modern conservatism, and of this country. If it is out there it will be a hugely important force for stiffening the Republican spine, which is the big problem that Republicans have.”
Horowitz also says Obama is “easily” the most radical president in American history.
“Obama comes from the left that I came out of, except the worst part of it,” he says.
“These are the people on the left who didn’t leave when they saw all their lies exposed. The left said socialism is the answer and still says that. They said America was wrong in Vietnam. They were wrong. They killed a lot of people. Some of us woke up but most stayed, and that’s who they are.
“Obama presents himself, at least in the first campaign, as a centrist, a uniter, and so forth. Those were all bald-faced lies. Based on his whole career you would have known that.
“The left doesn’t really have a positive agenda. It’s an anti-American agenda. Bankrupting the country for a leftist is a good thing because America is the ogre.”
Horowitz adds that his organization’s upcoming Restoration Weekend is “a kind of rejuvenation. We have a stellar cast — Glenn Beck, Herman Cain, Dick Morris, Ann Coulter, and others.
“It’s to fire up the troops and give them some hope in these dark times that we live in.”
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