Occupy Wall Street is NO Tea Party! The masses of people collecting in New York City, across the country and world in the name of OWS look more like riots (reminiscent of the 1960s free love variety) than a movement. Participants in this “inchoate” movement as liberal and conservative media have described it, have trashed parks, attacked police, set cars ablaze and paraded around topless in the name of what?
Attempts by Democrats and President Obama to label this a “populist movement” akin to the Tea party are wishful thinking. Unlike the Tea Party movement, OWS protesters are railing against big banks, corporations, eating well off donated food, and being co-opted by the big Unions for what purpose? The OWS protests are gaining lots of attention but are NOT affecting any change nor do they seem concerned with organizing for a purpose or goal in mind.
Here’s where the liberal media, Democrats and Obama need a little history lesson as they try to toss the Tea Party movement into the chaotic brew of OWS. The Tea Party movement began in organized, peaceful, methodical grassroots fashion. In early 2009, Amy Kremer (Tea Party Express), Jenny Beth Martin (Tea Party Patriots), Kari Carender and Michael Leahy were fed up with Obama policies of government over-reach, namely Obamacare, mounting US debt, bank bailouts and $800 billion stimulus which stimulated nothing.
As Peggy Noonan described the tea party’s theme is “stop the spending, stop the sloth, incompetence and unneeded regulation.” Together “they exploited the Internet to raise money and untie disparate activists.” On April 15, 2009, tea party protests were held from Seattle, WA to Richmond, VA to change the political debate and demand elected officials reign in country’s mounting debt, stop the endless government spending and taxation policies, Obamacare and get the country back on track. Over the course of two years, tea party supporters showed up at town hall members held by members of Congress, threatening political retribution in the form of votes if members of Congress voted for Obamacare.