Is the "Occupy Wall Street" Movement the left's answer to the Tea Party? This is a question which the media has asked in the last few days. These protests seem to be held by common, everyday people with no leader, carrying homemade signs and supporting various causes.
According to MSNBC:
The pieces are all there: ordinary citizens banding together for a cause; signs and protests announcing their grievances. Could the nation be witnessing the creation of a new political uprising?
The nation could be witnessing a new political uprising but it is nothing like the tea party movement. Even though the mainstream media insists the tea party has been co-opted by the Republican party and financed by the Koch Brothers, this is simply not true. This movement, however, again according to MSNBC, is supported by big labor, which will put its unlimited supply of their members' money to the cause.
Organized labor has cozied up to the nascent movement, too. Several unions joined the protests this weekend, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka hailed the movement during a public availability last week.
The other point missed here is that the tea party movement actually has some core principles which they are fighting for. The "Occupy Wall Street" as well as the "Occupy Boston" group, not only do not have any principles; when asked exactly what they are protesting, they cannot seem to come up with an answer. Unless, of course you go to the "Occupy Wall Street" website which lists 13 demands, including guaranteeing a living wage for everyone whether they are working or not, forgiving any and all debt, open borders, and adding another $2 trillion in government spending. Of course they don't ever mention how this will be paid for.
The tea party also never interrupted any businesses or stopped traffic by marching down a major thoroughfare without a permit as has this group. It is also a pretty good bet that when these people are through making their statement, unlike tea partiers, they will not pick up after themselves.