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Occupy Wall Street vs.Tea Party: Who'd Ya Rather?

The Occupy Wall Street protests continue as over 700 ne’er-do-wells were arrested Saturday on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.  As the mainstream media continues its romantic coverage of the vague protests, one is reminded of all the outlandish and patently false characterizations of Tea Party protests.  Tea Party events have been labeled racist, violent, frightening and angry by the MSM and part-time pundits like Janeane Garofalo.  Tea Party protesters have a reputation for leaving their protest grounds cleaner than when they left it.  By comparison, the Wisconsin union crowd left millions of dollars in damages during their occumpation of the capital.  The Occupy Wall Street crowd doesn’t seem to be much more hygenical.  But you decide for yourself.  Below is a small collection of pictures chronicling both protest groups.  Occupy Wall Street photos are on the left, Tea Party on the right (of course!).  Which protest would you rather bring your children to? You be the judge.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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  1. Anonymous; expect us says:

    A Rueters and PPP poll just came out. Favorability ratings of the Occupy movement are twice as high as the ratings of the Tea Party movement. Google them. Go figure. After delivering the extension of tax cuts for organizer billionaires like the Koch brothers – seems the Tea Party pretty much forgot about everyone else in the country. No?

  2. The Tea Party is nothing more then Republicans to ashamed to call themselves Republicans (and I can see why). The whole “Third Party” line however has worked. I know many lower class “peasants” who endorse this pro-establishment movement. I generally agree with them… reminding them that Ron Paul’s 20% sales tax for them is better then a capital gains tax for me. That shuts them up =).

    4 points at why the Tea Party is BS and the Occupy Wall Street is not.

    1) Signs. The Tea Party has professionally fabricated signs (money). The OWS group used black sharpies on pizzia boxes.

    2) Media. The Tea party had instant media coverage. It was the media that told reminded us of their first rallys (9-12). The OWS group…. it took a month.

    3) Police. The Tea party had no arrests. OWS had mass arrests. Which one is pro establishment ?

    4) Unions. The Tea party supports from police unions (Wisconsin for instance). The OWS has support from the lower-paid unions and opposition from police.

    Ok enough for me. Back to listening for instructions from the puppets in the media.

    • Brent G. says:

      1. Signs? The Tea Party is better organized, it wasn’t a pizza party turned riot.
      2. Media? ORGANIZED! Organizers contact the media, most thought OWS were homeless people doing what they always do.
      3. Police? Tea Partiers are not breaking the law, you get permits to do things, not set up tents in parks and block streets.
      4. Unions? Lower-paid unions???? Who is lower paid than police officers! Seriously! I’m a non-union construction worker, skilled labor unions ARE NOT LOW PAID. They are $20+_an hour jobs. OH, and GUESS WHAT? Oil Industry? Ran 90% by unions. Check out the OCAW, IBEW, endless etc., do you really think they want offshore driling to stop?

  3. Anonymous; expect us. says:

    Indeed, according to spreadsheet tracking sign-ups on the Facebook pages of 54 “Occupy” groups (including the meta-groups “Occupy Together” and ones in Toronto and London), the total number of people signed up swelled from 181,065 Sunday mid-afternoon EST to 232,360 as of 2pm EST today. That’s an overnight increase of 28%, slightly faster than as between Saturday and Sunday. This means that the Occupy Wall Street movement is now doubling in size roughly once every three days. Stay tuned. The Declaration posted below isn’t a list of demands, something that mainstream media would like all to believe is, for some reason, more important than a democratic “process” is…. as much as it is a collection of common assertions, a kind of “join us if you agree with us” manifesto.

    There are no leaders. There is no Astroturf. There are no spokes-models. There is no agenda. There are no printed signs. There are no ssponsors. There is no umbrella organization. There is no elite billionaire-paid staff directing events. All of this really has been and is process. This is what organic, intrinsic democracy looks like.

  4. Anonymous; expect us. says:

    Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
    Posted on September 30, 2011 by NYCGA
    This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011
    Translations: French, Slovak, Spanish

    As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

    As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

    They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
    They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
    They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
    They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
    They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
    They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
    They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
    They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
    They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
    They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
    They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
    They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
    They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
    They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
    They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
    They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
    They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
    They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
    They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
    They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
    They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *

    To the people of the world,

    We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

    Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

    To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

    Join us and make your voices heard!

    *These grievances are not all-inclusive.