There were no attacks on police, trashing of public parks, food donations from Union bosses or allowing the tea party movement to be co-opted by Republicans or anyone. Tea Party Express raised $7 million from 2009-2010 as well as other groups and put there money behind candidates. I guess the liberal media wants to conveniently forget the Tea Party Express backed unknown Scott Brown in the Senate race to fill the seat held by Ted Kennedy. Scott won and of course the rest is history. The tea party proved it had purpose and power when it backed numerous candidates in the 2012 mid-term Congressional elections, helping Republicans sweep into the majority in the House and narrowing the picking up seats in the Senate.
Many wish the tea party movement would fade away but it hasn’t and it won’t. Of course people would like to paint the Tea Party as a racist movement populated by a bunch of wackos but it’s just the opposite. Rep. Allen West and presidential candidate Herman Cain along with tea party activists of color across country kill that stereotype but as Noonan noted in a previous column, theses stereotypes help “Democrats keep their base.” This brings us back to Occupy Wall Street protestors and their riots.
From the very beginning of the Tea Party movement, the liberal mainstream media claimed the movement was racist because they didn’t see lots of black activists, perhaps because they didn’t look. Nevertheless, all the photos and footage I see of OWS I don’t see lots of black faces but reporters don’t seem to be talking about that.
While the great pretenders of the Democrat party would like to think they have found their version of a Tea Party salvation in OWS, which they HOPE will help Obama win a second term in 2012, it’s not that cup of tea. Headlines read OWS is united in “anger” but not purpose and if Americans start dying because of this so-called populist movement, the blame will be placed squarely on the shoulders of Obama, who has encouraged the protests.
While it might make for good headlines to equate the Tea party with Occupy Wall Street, the two “movements” are very different. OWS is as Macbeth said “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” The Tea Party is a potent brew challenging the failed policies of Obama and status quo of liberalism one vote at a time.