Occupy Wall Street is calling for a declaration of dependence on government; a call for more government control over our lives. It is the direct opposite of the Declaration of independence that sparked this nation into existence, and it is the direct opposite of the core principles of the modern-day Tea Party movement.
As James Madison wrote in 1817, “The people of the U.S. owe their independence & their liberty, to the wisdom of descrying in the minute tax of 3 pence on tea, the magnitude of the evil comprized in the precedent. Let them exert the same wisdom, in watching agst every evil lurking under plausible disguises, and growing up from small beginnings.”
Today, instead of exerting wisdom and eternal vigilance over threats to our independence, the heirs to Madison who now occupy the White House, and the media whose freedom was secured by our Founding Fathers, have joined together to champion the cause of those who loudly and proudly declare their dependence on government.
That is the main difference between the Tea Party movement and “Occupy” protesters. We, like America’s Founders, declare our independence from government. The Occupy Wall Street protesters declare their dependence on government.