Matt Towery
America is undergoing a revolution. Two revolutions, to be exact. One is made up of hardworking families who believe that what matters -- or should matter -- are their good efforts, minimal government intrusion in their lives, and a fair but free enterprise system that incentivizes small businesses and doesn't countermand that incentive by imposing a burdensome tax liability.

The other revolution is made up of people who believe that both government and those who are successful in life owe them something; that the United States should be a nation of equitable distribution, and not one of free enterprise. Sadly, the polling tells me that these two nations within one are meeting in the middle. They don't share beliefs, but they are sharing similar frustrations.

A president with a class-warfare mindset has joined with the likes of some predictable people and organizations that typically benefit from economic envy. They have set the stage for a growing uprising of frustrated people who now occupy Wall Street and other cities in America. This strange collection of multicolored hair, anti-everything signs and demands for a basic redistribution of the nation's wealth is gaining more momentum, thanks at least in some measure to a sucker press. This is the same media that for so long refused to recognized another movement of frustrated Americans, the tea party, until many months and countless rallies into it.

Here is the problem: These two entirely different movements want completely different "revolutions." The "Wall Street Protesters" want, at the least, Barack Obama and his redistribution of America's wealth returned to the fore of public policy. At the worst, they want a genuine revolution, hoping that frustration turns to anarchy. They set up a warren of tents, leave behind piles of garbage and in some cases engage in threatening or even violent behavior.

On the other hand, the tea party groups bring their folded chairs, patriotic hats and their young kids to public assemblies. They gather peacefully, have their say -- and clean up after themselves.

Sounds like they have nothing in common. But they do.

They've all been left without a pot to pee in, if you'll pardon the expression, by a Bush administration that let spending get totally out of control and saw plenty of friends and lobbyists get filthy rich off cozy connections instead of hard work.


Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
 
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