Some misguided people are now trying to claim that the Teaparty movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement have a lot in common, or are similar.
This assertion is absurd.
The Marxist “occupation” (apropos name for a collectivist movement) was organized and funded by hardcore leftist organizations and international socialists. The Teaparty movement, that I helped start, was grassroots, and we didn’t take outside money. Hell, I don’t even know the Koch brothers. Additionally, it’s been 2.5 years since the Teaparty movement started and no Teapartiers have ever been arrested at a Teaparty event, unlike this Marxist “occupation” movement, where thousands have already been arrested in just a couple weeks.
It was reported that big labor and its money is also in the game:
In just the last week several large labor groups have officially announced their support for the occupation. The NYC Transit Workers Union, with nearly 40,000 members, voted to back the protesters on September 28. And the SEIU’s massive 32BJ union, which claims to represent over 120,000 property service workers, recently decided to use an upcoming rally to show “solidarity” with the Wall Street occupiers.
This occupation on Wall Street calls into question the very foundation in which the capitalist system is based, and its relentless desire to place profit over and above all else.
Throughout the world, from Egypt to Greece, from China to Madison, Wisconsin, working class people are starting to rise up. The IWW welcomes this. We see the occupation of Wall Street as another step – no matter how large or small – in this process.
And now the illegal hacker group “Anonymous” has vowed to attack the New York Stock Exchange to support the Marxist occupiers.
The group posted a video message on YouTube declaring war on the world’s largest stock exchange in retaliation for the mass arrests of Wall Street protesters, and posted a link to the video on one of several Anonymous Twitter feeds.
See the occupiers’ list of idiotic Marxist “demands” here (Which they’ve since amended, stating that it isn’t an “official” list of demands – now that they’ve been blasted by every rational non-Marxist on the planet. But from all the other groups and individuals involved, you can easily see that these things are what they really want). $20 minimum wage? Forgiveness of all debt? Free (read: financed by those who actually produce in this country) college for everyone, a living wage regardless of employment, etc… all Marxist tropes.
Leftists in America (you remember Obama’s buddy Van Jones, right?) are referring to this as the “American Fall” (fall of America? ironical or intentional?) playing off the name given to the Arab Spring uprisings earlier this year. And who started the Arab Spring uprising? Marxists and socialists. Read my earlier piece on that here.
Don’t waste your time lecturing us on the similarities between our grassroots Teaparty movement and these Marxist fools, who are bought and paid for by international socialists and union goons. If these leftist demands were met, you’d see the insolvency of America in relatively short order. However, the Teaparty has been pushing for fiscal responsibility since day one.
I can break down the difference in ideology like this:
#TEAPARTY: Improve your station by hard work and perseverance.
#OCCUPYWALLSTREET: Improve your station by demanding the property of others.
Not AT ALL the same as the Teaparty movement, so spare me, and the rest of the country, your ignorant indignation if we thumb our noses at this very anti-American occupation.
UPDATE: Here are the Marxist, socialist, and trade unionist organizations that the occupiers are proud to be protesting with (hardly the 99% – more like 1%):
- AFL-CIO (AFSCME)
- United NY
- Strong Economy for All Coalition
- Working Families Party
- TWU Local 100
- SEIU 1199
- CWA 1109
- Communications Workers of America
- CWA Local 1180
- United Auto Workers
- United Federation of Teachers
- Professional Staff Congress – CUNY
- National Nurses United
- Writers Guild East
- Community Voices Heard
- Alliance for Quality Education
- New York Communities for Change
- Coalition for the Homeless
- Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP)
- The Job Party
- NYC Coalition for Educational Justice
- The Mirabal Sisters Cultural and Community Center
- The New Deal for New York Campaign
- National People’s Action
- Human Services Council
- Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State
- Citizen Action of NY
- Common Cause NY
- New Bottom Line
- Tenants & Neighbors
- Democracy for NYC
- Resource Generation
- Tenants PAC
- Teachers Unite
From New Zeal:
Videos Exposing How ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Was Organized From Day One by SEIU/ACORN Front – The Working Family Party, and How They All Tie to the Obama Administration, DNC, Democratic Socialists of America, Tides and George Soros
Speaker Boehner sent a letter to RNC members announcing his support for Cino as RNC Chair. As an independent, I look at RNC chair fights with some disinterest. However, as one of the original group of Teapartiers, I look at Boehner’s endorsement of Cino for RNC chair with disdain. Why? It’s been reported that Cino worked as an Obamacare lobbyist for Pfizer. When I sent an email to the Teapartiers listserv about Boehner’s endorsement, people weren’t thrilled. “I’m beyond disappointed. Are they wanting to change direction or not? This sure as hell isn’t doing it,” one responder said.
Would any Teapartier want someone in GOP leadership who lobbied for a law that contains the individual mandate, additional spending, and more government control? No. Even though some of us Teapartiers aren’t registered Republicans, we realize that the GOP is one of the vehicles America currently has to fight the spread of leftism. And until such time that the Tea Party decides to do it’s own thing, we’ll continue to speak up and hold Republicans accountable when they get too cozy with spending, growing government, or deviating from America’s First Principles.
CINO = Conservative In Name Only? You decide. Speaker Boehner, what say you?
If someone can refute the timeline, that I was emailed tonight (embedded below), please do that in the comment section.
I’m always thinking about how we can to continue to move our so-called Tea Party Movement ideology forward. Ironically, moving our ideology forward means moving us back toward the Founding Fathers’ principles from which our country has been deviating for the last 100-ish years.
We Teapartiers have been great at organizing protests and rallies. We’ve been great at GOTV. We’ve been great at all the typical things a grassroots movement should do. However, it’s been my opinion for quite some time, that we need a respected group of individuals giving voice to our positions to help shape the thinking in DC, and among the state legislatures. In some circumstances, melting the phones isn’t enough – we need more proactive, and less reactive, in general.
Groups like Heritage, CATO, CEI, Ayn Rand, etc, are all good policy groups, but NONE of them embody the spirit of our movement. And they occasionally miss the mark completely, from a Teapartier’s perspective – i.e. Heritage and their support of Romneycare.
Over the last few months, I’ve approached many people about this Tea Party think tank idea; Tea Party members, conservative/constitutionalist donors, and other similar politically-minded individuals, and they’re all in favor of it, and most have been rather excited about it.
I’ll keep you all informed of progress as I have noteworthy updates. If you have people in your circles whom you think would be a good fit for this endeavor, please send them my way.
Here’s to another step in the direction of our country’s return to individual Liberty.