Some on the right are trying to portray the Occupy Wall Street movement as just a bunch of hippies and trust-fund babies who have nothing better to do with their time than smear the good names of all those Wall Street investment bankers who get the fat bonuses at the end of the year while millions of American families struggle to put food on the table.
For many Tea Party supporters, our economic system isn’t about fairness so everyone should suck it up and manage on their own. They’d really like the “have nots” to quit whining about the “haves.”
But try to compare the Occupy Wall Street to the Tea Party movement in terms of a populist uprising, and you’ll really see their eyes roll back in their heads and steam come out of their ears. For them, Tea Party supporters are the backbone of middle America while those who are at the end of their financial rope should stop making such a fuss.
There is clearly a class war going on in this country. Whether the poor get poorer, go hungrier and stay out of work longer is not much of a concern to some extreme conservatives. But for those on the right who are scoffing at the protestors, but who also often like to tout their “Christian” values, I’ll just take a line from FDR:
Whether O.W.S. can sustain momentum is hard to say right now, but those Tea Party people started out exactly the same way — holding a few rallies and finding support from others who also felt alienated and cut-off from any way to change their lives. Sounds like Occupy Wall Street is headed down that same path to me.
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