by Jazziette Devereaux Oct. 8, 2011
WHY THE TEA PARTY HAS IT WRONG –
In the beginning, the Tea Party demonstrators thought they had it right. They wanted to see change. They wanted to see accountability. They objected to the Wall Street bailout and the Banking bailout and the Auto Industry bailout. And they wanted to voice their unhappiness. They wanted to be heard! They wanted Justice!
They were “we the people”, “by the people”, “for the people”. Now they are “we the Tea Party”, “by the Koch Brothers”, and not “for anything”. They seem to be against everything but the wealthy. They are especially against anything that ends in the letters ‘are’. Example: Medicare, welfare, Obama care. They are the anti-ares! Except for when it is spelled ‘aire’. They love the millionaires and billionaires.
So what happened? Where did they go wrong? How did the Tea Party go from being a group of dis-satisfied patriots to the ruling (or ruled) extension of the GOP?
They were easy prey. They had no leadership. And when the big corporations saw that they could use them to their advantage it was an easy sale to convince them they should be angry with Government rather than Corporations. It was a slam dunk to convince them that the reason they were losing their houses and jobs and life savings and couldn’t find employment was because of Obama care and Social Security and Medicare.
Never mind that it didn’t make any sense at all. Never mind that this all started with the Bush Administration. The super rich (1 percent) knew that this could get out of hand quickly if they didn’t do something and so they quickly and cleverly sponsored the tea party with huge donations and put into leadership those who would further their agenda.
And once they were convinced that Big Government and not Big Corporations was their enemy there was no stopping them. After all, there is no more common bond than a common enemy. It was mind-boggling to see people who called themselves Christians behaving in the most anti-christian like manner.
Suddenly they were more anti-abortion than ever before. They were against gay marriage. They were against Obama care. They were against the war. They were against immigration. They were against taxes. They were against raising the debt ceiling. They were against Obama. They were against Liberals. They were against moderate conservatives. They were even against masturbation.
And they had bad manners. It seems that no one ever told them that being a member of the Tea Party was no excuse for having bad manners. They were rude! They were rowdy! They were unpleasant! And in many cases they advocated violence.
WHY THE OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTORS HAVE IT RIGHT –
They did their math! They got it right on the 1 percent of the people controlling 99 percent of the rest of us! The Tea Party still hasn’t figured that out.
Quite simply – they’re fed up with “corporate greed and welfare”.
They’re “mad as hell”.
And they’re “not going to take it anymore”.
I think former Congressman Alan Grayson put it best when he said on the Bill Maher Show:
(Talking about the Occupy Wall Street Protestors) “They’re complaining that Wall Street wrecked the economy three years ago and nobody’s held responsible for that. Not a single person’s been indicted or convicted for destroying twenty percent of our national net worth accumulated over two centuries. They’re upset about the fact that Wall Street has iron control over the economic policies of this country, and that one party is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wall Street, and the other party caters to them as well.”
When another guest joked that Occupy Wall Street has found their spokesman, then Grayson continued, “Listen, if I am spokesman for all the people who think that we should not have 24 million people in this country who can’t find a full time job, that we should not have 50 million people in this country who can’t see a doctor when they’re sick, that we shouldn’t have 47 million people in this country who need government help to feed themselves, and we shouldn’t have 15 million families who owe more on their mortgage than the value of their home, okay, I’ll be that spokesman.”
But this one line by Grayson really sums it all up:
“It isn’t that the one percent and the Republicans who support them can’t understand Occupy Wall Street. It’s that they don’t want to. The message isn’t complicated.
The Wall Street Protestors are on the side of Truth! And Truth always Prevails!
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