Skip to comments.How the Tea Party Beat Occupy Wall Street
Posted on 08/21/2012 6:16:39 AM PDT by lbryce
About a year ago I called Occupy Wall Street a tea party with brains.
Today, Im the one who needs his head examined.
Occupy Wall Street, the movement critical of banks, the super rich and their influence in our politics and daily lives, has failed to live up to its promise as an important social and political force.
Though its core message that big finance and greed undermines society and corrupts our political system is fundamentally correct, Occupy hasnt lived up to the standard set by the tea party in its ability to turn grievance into a political force capable of disrupting the establishment.
The Occupy protests started on Sept. 17 of last year near Wall Street. They triggered a wave of Occupys in the U.S. including major actions in Oakland, Calif., Boston and Los Angeles. Media attention followed. Polls showed a 43% of Americans agreed with OWS beliefs. See poll on OWS from October .
Then the crackdowns began. Protesters at Zuchotti Park were uprooted in a midnight sweep by the police. The confrontations with police went on for weeks, now months. Support waned. The tactics turned people off.
As Occupy camps across the country fell, so did the movements visibility. Occupy Wall Street disappeared from the nightly news, the New York Times, the Huffington Post and the blogs. OWS promised a big summer revival, but the actions of the last three months havent received much in the way of mainstream coverage even in a presidential year.
Contrast OWS with the tea party. Weve already heard about how that anti-tax movement has disrupted the moderate Republican establishment.
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And it will happen.
What an ignoramus.
Occupy was a group of Union thugs homeless ne’er do wells and kids with nothing better to do. Crapping on the lawns of parks and fornicating in tents does not turn on the majority of the electorate.
The Tea Party leaves an area cleaner than they found it, they do not need aremed security guards to keep them from destroying everything in their path. They are Americans with a legitimate concern. And they have jobs.
OWS are 'rat funded looters. They are in fact unsustainable.
No need -- it's pretty clear from this column that it is as empty and vacuous as one might suspect.
On one side you have patriotic, responsible Americans, & on the other, a bunch of whiny, filthy, babies.
One leaves the Mall spotless while the other leaves a trail of feces wherever they go.
One is child friendly while the other is a rape fest.
Any comparison is a joke.
More evidence (as if any were needed) that the media lefties live in a bubbble of their own making).
a. Never undestood the TEA movement’s sound intellectual foundation.
b. Thinks that Democrat Lite RINOs are “moderate”.
It is obvious from that statement that Weidner does not have a brain. OWS was a collection of burned out street hippies who were working for $10 per hour for the Commie "Community Organizer", Total Fail.
And yesterday too. At least he got the rest of it right.
“What an ignoramus”
You got that right! OWS seems to want nothing but handouts from the producers in the country.
If they would spend more time concentrating on earning their own living, they might be able to make something of themselves.
Wherever they hold a meeting or sit in or whatever, they leave the place trashed.
Contrast that with the TEA Party.
Liberal Jew. Talk about Kool-Aid!!!! How about some thorazine for the mood swings?
The system they were rallying against was not putting them in death camps, persecuting and jailing them for dissent. The system they were rallying against was allowing them to look like idiots... they were even fed and provided for, so long as they beat their drums and chanted idiotic slogans. What were they protesting? A system that in fact gives them a chance to become whatever they can imagine themselves becoming, even the evil bank president if they have the gumption.
Hopefully, some have learned that change doesn't come at the end of a drum stick or by defecating on a police car... those things only make you look stupid. Change will only come when they carry their convictions into their professions, and hopefully those convictions are laced with Godly morals, not communistic imaginings as taught by their dear old college profs.
What an ignoramus.
True dat. If you couldn’t see it from the git go, you are/were not very perceptive. Tea Party with brains.
Yeah. Suck it.
At least he admits he’s an ignoramus. Somewhat refreshing.
Interestingly, a lot of the tea party rage was for the same reason. The government bailing out banks, car companies, etc. angered a lot of people.
The tea party wants to cut taxes.
Far more of the tea partiers wanted spending cut more than tax cuts. Government spending has a polluting effect whether the money comes from taxes, borrowing or just running the printing presses. If you cut taxes but borrow and print more you are in just as deep of hole.
OWS was an Epic Fail before the unions raced to their rescue last October. They were utterly clueless on how to organize themselves, or even coherently express what it is that they want. My daughter knows some kids who got caught up in it, and basically they were just there to relive Woodstock. Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll, Dude!”
And dont forget the rat infestations (like we had in DC), drug usuage, and the sexual assualts.
David WeiNer actually believes the OWS crowd originated as some kind of genuine grass roots movement just like the Tea Party? Bwahahahahha! What a moron. Soros funded, Communist Party USA inflamed astroturf made of the fakest plastic in existence. How do people actually come to be THIS stupid?
Yes, OWS was not a “sustainable development”, using a fav liberal term.
We don't destroy peoples' property. We don't assault people. We take showers and change our clothes.
Though its core message that big finance and greed undermines society and corrupts our political system is fundamentally correct>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Wonder what David Weidner was smoking, Socialist Weed no doubt.
He bemoans the absence of power,but not the backrupt ideology of the left: national socialists, wannabe fascists.
A pox on Weidner and the Occupy Wall Street idjits.If anything should go, its the liberal fascists of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, not free enterprise.
The dimocrats are going to find out what it’s like
when November comes around.
Join and support the OWH.....Occupy White House!
OWS are ‘rat funded looters. They are in fact unsustainable.””””
The OWS people broke windows at Obama’s campaign headquarters & attacked & damaged the main police station in Oakland less than a month ago. They also pushed into the Obama building & refused to leave. They were finally arrested by Oakland police.
They are still active. They are still destroying property.
Au contraire. He has seen the light and has the guts to take his baby steps towards conservatism. Give him a chance.
Yet Weidner spoke of: "[OWS'] ability to turn grievance into a political force capable of disrupting the establishment." as if it would've been a good thing for them to have had more of that, showing how he's sympatico with OWS goals. What an ignoramus!
Sure I'll give him a chance, providing people realize his pen deserves no more ink than Todd Akin's.
I’m as conservative as can be. Yet I can tell you from personal experience that the corporations are out of control, bleeding consumers and their workers alike, sending money offshore and paying their top dogs obscene amounts of money just for leaving the company if the stock price misses a quarter point in a two-year period.
There is something very, very soulless in the business model that is multi-national and in which all the top management’s training is not in the product they are making, but in the business of making money. There is no love there for the product or the consumers who love the product; and without love, there is nothing but the venal pursuit not of happiness, but of money.
I do not claim to know the answer. But I do know that the ethos of top corporate leaders and Wall Street money managers is sorely lacking concern for their fellow man.
I believe, like most conservatives, that the little guy should be able to operate in greater freedom in this country. And I also see that too many little-guy operations once they achieve a certain level of success, or even score a good location, get either eaten alive or swallowed whole by the multi-national giants — such as a successful proprietary coffee shop that soon finds out that Starbucks has paid an outrageous amount for the building across the street so they can open up there and drive the little cake-and-coffee gal out of business.
Ask any vendor who has ever dealt with WalMart just how easy it is to get a fair wholesale price for their products from the largest retailer in the world.
The globalizing movement in business is bad for the people of the United States. And the first few weeks of the Occupy movement contained the hope that corporations and Wall Street would listen to the fears of the eroded middle class.
This is not to say that it was sweetness and light — obviously, the Occupy movement was immediately taken over by the same old communists who take over almost every legitimate protest movement. It’s all around us — the stupidity and lack of the actual experience of freedom of the generations who were bathed in Marxism in college. I recently spoke with a so-called Tea Party leader in another state who was trying to convince me that Romney is a conservative, and so was John McCain. Face it, that generation are our middle-aged leaders now. You have to make allowances for their ignorance in order to help them come our way.