The Difference Between The Tea Party And Occupy Wall St.
The Tea Party was a slickly packaged corporate product that needed two years and millions of dollars to get off the ground. A grassroots movement that was quickly co-opted and turned into a vehicle for right wing propaganda. An entire “news” network became its mouthpiece and cheerleader, sometimes literally. Through a massive, concerted and coordinated effort, the Tea Party shifted the blame from the banks that caused the economic meltdown to the government and President Obama that kept the meltdown from turning into a Great Depression.
Occupy is an actual grassroots movement that has not been co-opted by corporations. Its money came from donations from regular people. There was no slick packaging and no news network became the “Home of the Occupy Movement.” It’s a bunch of people camping out, chanting, playing drums and getting beat up by the police. Despite the lack of corporate focus, money and advertising, Occupy changed the conversation from “How shall we punish the poor and middle class for the excesses of the rich and powerful?” back to “How shall we get the rich and powerful to pay their fair share and reduce their control of OUR government?”
And they did it in three months.
Biteme tea baggers.