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Occupy Wall Street has vindicated the Tea Party

Regardless of one's feelings toward the Tea Party or policies it advocates, Tea Partiers have at least, during their short existence, conducted themselves relatively peacefully and responsibly.

Of course, this isn't to suggest critics won't still cry foul whenever a Tea Partier shows up to a public event concealing a firearm, or a Tea Partier displays signs at a rally capable of being interpreted as derogatory.

But at least the right to bear arms and freedom of speech, unlike rape, vandalism, and drug usage -- all seen at Occupy Wall Street protests -- are protected under the U.S. Constitution.

As local and national news stations have now reported, rapes and sexual assaults have been regular occurrences at Occupy Wall Street protests across the country, from Seattle to New York.

Protests in Portland, Ore., alone have resulted in more than $19,000 in property damages, as well as a Molotov cocktail attack, and in Vancouver, multiple people have died of drug overdoses.

By contrast, one is hard-pressed to find a single incident in which a woman has ever been raped or sexually assaulted at a Tea Party rally. One is hard-pressed to find a single incident where a Tea Partier has ever died of a drug overdose at a Tea Party rally. And one is hard-pressed to find a single Tea Party rally where thousands of dollars in property damage was maliciously committed.

The Occupy Wall Street movement in its infancy had the correct sentiment: End corporatism, end the Fed. This sentiment, however, has since been diluted by progressive populism.

Occupy Wall Street's dialogue is no longer about whether government should engage in favoritism, interfere with markets and provide bailouts; or whether the Federal Reserve has too little accountability.

But rather, whether someone makes too much money. It is no longer ground zero for the advancement of liberty, but ground zero for complaints about income disparity and calls for the redistribution of wealth.

Paying back a school loan has no relation to corporatism. And nothing in the Constitution promises somebody a career after they graduate from school. Protesting greed is also misguided; for greed is a relative and subjective term. Consequently, any call for government to define and/or regulate subjectivity sets a very dangerous precedent.

It's irrelevant if the rapes, vandalism, overdoses, or murders have been perpetrated by illegitimate anarchists unaffiliated with the official Occupy Wall Street movement. The fact is that the movement's leaders have been overridden. And sincere protesters only discredit themselves by continuing to remain associated with it.

If there is any silver lining to the Occupy Wall Street protests, though, it's this: They have vindicated the Tea Party protests. The Occupy Wall Street movement has created perspective and demonstrated just how difficult it is to gather thousands of people from various backgrounds, with different philosophical views and goals, while maintaining order and civility.

That is something the Tea Party, for the most part, has managed to do effectively and consistently -- a respectable feat in hindsight. And something the Tea Party should be commended for.

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  • williampeck1958 Moderator 11/26/2011 08:46 PM
    "[The Occupy movement] has vindicated the Tea Party protests ... by demonstrat[ing]
    just how difficult it is to gather thousands of people from various
    backgrounds, with different philosophical views and goals, while
    maintaining order and civility.That is something the Tea Party, for the most
    part, has managed to do effectively and consistently -- a respectable
    feat in hindsight."

    "for the most part" ??? give me a continuum, OWS vs Tea Party ? you can't help but bring in the moral equivalence argument, leaving people with the impression that violent / uncivil ACTS have been found in the Tea Party, such that it rises to comparison with OWS ? Give me a f'in break.

    and "one is hard-pressed to find a single incident [ of finding incidents of rape, sexual assault, drug overdose or $$$ in property damage"].
    - uh, wouldn't the truth be "one CANNOT find of single incident of ......" again, always with the moral equivalence, and the inferring if one DID press hard enough, they'd find these things at a Tea Party.

    and geez, from the very first para, "Tea Partiers have ... relatively peacefully and responsibly. " Since I've been to multiple Tea Party events (including 9/12...
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  • The OWS mobs are the face of the Democratic Party.

    Remind America of it lots between now and November 2012. 

    The 99% are not druggies, rapists, commies, vandals, thieves or think of defecating in a park is a "right".
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  • I don't remember the Tea Party being sprayed point blank with pepper spray...Hmmmm....
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  • Please cite some behavior from the Tea Party which would have justified pepper spray.
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  • DrakeWingfire Moderator 11/27/2011 02:36 AM
    Typical slanted news. The same kind of people who will say there is a pandemic if  three people die from some sorta food poisoning. Just the usual blowing things out of proportion to make people look bad.

    "It's irrelevant if the rapes, vandalism,
    overdoses, or murders have been perpetrated by illegitimate anarchists
    unaffiliated with the official Occupy Wall Street movement"Annnd safe to say this article was created by your typical right winger. Because of how bluntly and willingly they will try and defame anyone and look for any excuse. Funny how you guys never reported on the news reporter who was trying to hand out pot and pipes hmmm? ;)
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  • "The Occupy Wall Street movement in its infancy had the correct sentiment: End corporatism, end the Fed. "

    I don't remember that at all.  If OWS had been occupying The Fed from day one, they'd have gotten a lot more support.
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  • I was under the impression the Tea Party was a pretty homogeneous group.  I have no doubt there is more crime in large diverse groups of low income people than the more middle class Tea Party folks.  You might even be able to make a case that liberal protesters have less respect for the law than conservative protesters.  It would be very foolish to use those observations to ignore or dismiss the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Similar arguments were used against the anti-war movement during the sixties.  OWS protesters are used to being ignored and dismissed, that's their point.  They are not going anywhere, your going to have to deal with them
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  • We as Tea Party peeps don't need so-called camps to get our point across.  Result:  Dhim's took a sha-lacking!!!
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  • VernacularCulture Moderator 11/27/2011 12:50 PM
    The comparisons made in this article don't stand to logical scrutiny. When one compares, one must compare two things that have a very similar form. The forms of protest that the Tea Party and OWS took are not the same. Consider the following: no sexual assault ever happened at a Tea Party rally, but neither did it happen at an OWS rally; it did happen at some OWS camps, but this cannot be compared to the Tea Party, because the Tea Party never had camps. So, in essence, the author of this article is comparing Tea Party rallies to OWS camps, which does not count as a logically plausible comparison. When one compares that which is comparable between these two political forces -- rallies -- one sees little but similarity (even in political messages, expressing general dissatisfaction with the state of affairs). I have a feeling that, had the Tea Party set up camp somewhere, they would have encountered the same problems that OWS did. Or would they have turned away a shabby-looking person that yelled slogans in agreement with their grievances just because of their apparent poverty and a possibility that they abuse drugs or alcohol? I wonder how...
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