The Tea Partiers almost get it right on Wall Street
For a brief, hope-inspiring period this weekend, it appeared some Tea Partiers had finally seen the light and were prepared to stand up to Wall Street greed by throwing their support behind the “Occupy Wall Street” protests that launched on Saturday.
Alas, before they could fully engage in the spot-on fight against Wall Street for draining their savings accounts, the Astroturf leaders of the Tea Party shut them down, frightening members by claiming that the protests were being organized by a “dangerous network of groups.”
Leading into the weekend, many Tea Party members began posting information about and support for the protests. From the LibertyNews Network:
But the Tea Party leadership responded to the interest with this alarmist email blast:
I guess the Tea Party leaders think it’s better to let corporations make trillions of dollars and dodge paying their fair share, while middle-class Americans can’t find jobs, afford their mortgages, or support their families – rather than band together with people who (gasp!) might identify as progressives.
Oh well. At least they almost got it right on Wall Street.
The Back Story: So what is going on on Wall Street?
On Saturday, September 17, a group of individuals launched “a modest call to action,” encouraging their fellow Americans to recognize and speak up about the out-of-control corporate influence in America. Very quickly, individuals signed on to their pledge and took to the streets to protest.
In New York, masses gathered on Wall Street. Most sources number the crowd between one and five thousand. The New York City Police (in the Wall Street Journal) have called the protest “peaceful.” Protesters have largely suggested positive action, holding signs that read “”Corporations Run This Country — Let’s Do Something About It” and making comments that “If people don’t get off the couch, nothing will get done.”
And protesters even cited hope as their reason for gathering:
“Optimism — that’s what brought us down here,” said 40-year-old Dan Bryk, who was carrying his eight-month-old son, Henry, in a snuggly while holding a sign saying, “Oligarchy Is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things.”
A wide spectrum of political thought could agree on their cause – and almost did — to fight for a more democratic process and to end Corporate America’s undue economic and political influence.