In part, this is because the Tea Party has always aimed at party-like activities, like victory in elections or on legislative issues, while the Occupy movement is interested in the extra-legal occupation of other people’s property and persons. Both visions reflect in my opinion, the competing visions of where each movement stands in regards to the Constitution and how it operates in the US.
The morning after Occupy Oakland's midweek violent protests, the take in the Bay Area was that it was a dirty, rotten shame that a few bad-egg anarchists hijacked a mostly peaceful protest and made an otherwise good cause look bad.
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has a lengthy track record of jaw-dropping political statements. Among them, the lifelong Roman Catholic has been a huge disappointment to her Church on matters of unborn human life, which I’ve personally written about on many occasions.
Ah yes, the Obama campaign team is hard at work. Occupy Wall Street would like a totalitarian government and an Obama reelection or retention by other means. That fits nicely with the Roseanne Barr statement about guillotines and re-education camps. This must be the new tone.
As the experiences of recent years in Iraq and Afghanistan have vividly illustrated, it is far easier to depose a regime than it is to govern a country. It has also proved to be very difficult to build a stable government from the remnants of a long-established dictatorial regime.
In “Batman,” the Joker rhetorically asks a young Bruce Wayne: “Tell me, kid – you ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight?” Well, I have. Not by the pale moonlight, but in a brightly lit Four Points Sheraton in Baltimore, Md.
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