The following article was sent to us by Debbie Dooley, National Coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots and Co-Organizer and Co-Founder of the Atlanta Tea Party.
Since the Occupy protests began on September 17th, many on the left and mainstream media jumped too quickly to claim that the Occupy movement was the left’s version of the tea party. This could not be further from the truth.
One only has to look no further than the beginning of both movements to see stark differences. The tea party movement was started on a conference call of 22 activists around the country inspired by Rick Santelli’s on-air speech on the floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange. We were just everyday citizens concerned about the future and the threat to our liberties and economic prosperity. Despite claims, we were not supported by corporations-nor did we have money.
The tea party has specific goals and agenda. We want our elected officials to be fiscally responsible with our tax dollars and to stop the un-controlled spending. We also want to stop the ever- expanding Federal Government. We are very respectful of law enforcement and it is evident that we cherish the American flag as a symbol of our freedoms. The tea party movement is a law abiding, peaceful movement and is family oriented. You frequently see children attending our rallies. We would not tolerate someone defecating on the American flag or a police car. We show complete disdain for Communism and Socialism.
The Occupy movement is a different story. Adbusters, a Vancouver based anti-consumerist magazine, came up with the idea for Occupy Wall Street in a brainstorming session. They were inspired by the “Arab Spring” movement which toppled governments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. Kallie Lasn, co-founder of Adbusters was recently quoted by Reuters as saying of the movement, “We were inspired by what happened in Tunisia and Egypt and we had this feeling that America was ripe for a Tahrir moment.” The protests that began on September 17th were triggered by an Adbusters poster and marketing campaign.
You see an abundance of Occupy activists wearing shirts promoting Communism and Socialism and a few activists have defecated on the American flag and a police car. Some activists openly engage in sex and show a defiance of law enforcement.
Occupy Wall Street activists are attempting to blame Wall Street and capitalism for this nation’s economic woes. Many tea party activists openly question if the Occupy movement is actually a re-election ploy of the Obama re-election campaign to deflect the blame for our troubled economy from the failed policies of the Obama Administration to Wall Street.