Why do we keep hearing claims that the Occupy Wall Street squatters are just like the Tea Party activists? First, isn’t it interesting that the Democrats and the main stream media who repeatedly attempted to discredit the Tea Party as astroturf, or unorganic is now attempting to certify the credibility and authenticity of OWS by making Tea Party comparisons.The truth is that the qualities and characteristics that made the Tea Party so influential and impactful are exactly what differentiates the two movements.
The Tea Party’s desires and demands were clear and concise, they claimed the Federal government has not only grown too large but they have exceeded the enumerated powers granted to them by our constitution and they were petitioning their government to work towards balancing the federal budget and return those powers not specifically enumerated in the constitution to the states and the people (see 10th Amendment). They could see that the leadership in Washington was moving towards an all powerful national government determined to use central planning to institute one size fits all solutions like Obamacare, or the Waxmen-Markey cap and trade bill which not only promised to cause energy prices to sky rocket it would have effectively over-written local building codes with new national requirements and federal building code enforcement. The Tea Party understood that the more powerful the federal government was permitted to become, the less liberty the states and the people will have.
The OWS activist’s desires and demands are are not clear at all, to us or most of them. I have seen various lists of demands mostly calling for suspending our constitution and having the federal government seize assets from rich people and corporations to fund a cradle to grave affluent lifestyle for all, regardless of individual skills, talents, or efforts. One demand of OWS that seems to be gaining traction is a call to get the money out of politics. They want to prohibit campaign donations to federal political candidates in violation of the 1st amendment and declare that candidate donations are not speech (contrary to the SCOTUS ruling in Buckley v Valeo) so it does not conflict with the 1st amendment.
So to summarize the Tea Party activist are petitioning the federal government to adhere to the constitution and fiscal responsibility and the OWS parasites are demanding the government, by any means necessary, provide a comfortable existence for all. There is an accurate comparison to be made, The OWS is an awful lot like the Greeks who are demanding that their government handouts must not be reduced even if it causes a complete default.