The Occupy Wall Street protests have been going on for weeks but confusion abounds about its message, especially within the movement itself. Is it Tax the Rich? Eat the Rich? Kill the Rich?
Not knowing why they are there or what they stand for seems to be one hallmark of the Occupy Wall Street’s adherents. Another common theme is disrupting the daily lives of average Americans with their childish antics, whether it’s blocking the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, storming the Smithsonian in DC, or trying to occupy bathrooms in Senate Office Buildings. For their efforts, over a thousand Occupiers have been arrested across the country.
But these silly tactics are nothing compared to what certain Occupiers have called for. One video shows a speaker at Occupy L.A. calling for French-style, “bloody” revolution while explicitly rejecting the Gandhi -model of non-violent protest. Emails have been sent to New York officials with messages saying it’s “time to kill the wealthy.” TV hosts have said they need a “Kent State moment.” Communist and Nazi groups have joined in support of the protests.
President Obama is walking a dangerous tightrope by aligning himself to these protests. He is trying to have it both ways by taking money from Wall Street while also embracing the Occupy Wall Street crowd for his own political gain.
At first, the media were excited to report about Occupy Wall Street, but now the realization has set in that this is no liberal Tea Party. In fact, much to liberals’ chagrin, the protests are everything they accuse the Tea Party of being.
Remember how the Tea Party was accused of shouting racial slurs? Andrew Breitbart offered $100,000 to anyone offering visual evidence. No one came forward. But there’s video and reports of anti-Semitism and slurs at Occupy Wall Street.
Remember that Tea Partiers were accused of spitting on a Congressman? Now the news is reporting a Coast Guard member in uniform was spit on in Boston. The Coast Guard is warning all its members not to go near the Occupy protests in uniform.
Remember when the Tea Party was called AstroTurf? The Occupy Wall Street movement was conceived at the Obama campaign headquarters to stoke class warfare and gin up the youth and liberal vote. Now it has been beefed up by radical left-wing AstroTurf groups like Code Pink, Moveon.org and Big Labor, with paid protesters. The Occupy Wall Street movement is filled with a bunch of trust-fund babies, college students skipping class, ex-hippies, and anarchists who are taking their cues from the likes of George Soros, Michael Moore, and other billionaires and millionaires who want to kill capitalism. Apparently the irony of rich celebrities, who made their money because of capitalism and are in the 1% of Americans the protesters decry, joining Occupy Wall Street is lost on all who participate.
Remember how the Tea Parties were careful to clean up after their rallies? Meanwhile Occupy Wall Street is battling police and city officials trying to clean the park in New York they have occupied for weeks. The Occupiers have been living in filth and squalor and the park has become a sanitation hazard. A picture is worth a thousand words and the disgusting image of a protester defecating on a police car has come to symbolize the “movement.”
To call “Occupy Wall Street” a left-wing tea party is an oxymoron. The Tea Party is a grassroots movement that was founded in local communities by average Americans around the country who were sick and tired of the destructive policies of Congress and the Obama Administration. Instead of declaring war on the rich and battling the police, they take the fight to the ballot box to bring real changes. Instead of feeling entitled and expecting handouts, they work to get the government off our backs and out of our lives. Instead of trying to tear down capitalism, they want to spread more economic freedom. Instead of demanding more taxes, they say we are “Taxed Enough Already.”
Although Occupy Wall Street might not know exactly who they are or what they’re doing, there should be no confusion about the fact that they are not the liberal Tea Party.Occupy Wall Street Is No Cup Of Tea,