Occupy Wall Street Vs. Tea Party Protests. Guess Who Wins?

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And the Tea Party loses!

In today's New York Times, Paul Krugman writes an op-ed piece that states what we've all been thinking about Occupy Wall Street.

"There's something happening here," says Krugman.

"What is it ain't exactly clear, but we may, at long last, be seeing the rise of a popular movement that, unlike the Tea Party, is angry at the right people."

Exactly! They're lashing out at a simpering, overfed target that richly deserves it!

Occupy Wall Street is targeting the bad guys -- the folks who messed with our money, our chances, our equality, all out of greed and selfishness.

Krugman details the steps that led our economy into the gutter, provoking the righteous rage in the streets.

He also talks about the media's initial refusal to acknowledge the protest, too out-of-it to dignify a dramatic change in the wind.

And he even dissects what's imperfect about Occupy Wall Street's anger -- there are no specific policy-change demands being made! The agenda isn't crystal clear!

But with obvious affection for the mounting mob, he cuts them slack for that and says it's for the policy makers to fill in the blanks.

I'd also love them to fill in some blank checks while they're at it.

Meanwhile, yay for us! We're showing the Tea Partiers how it's done.


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Grown up
Grown up

OWS only wins because they resort to violence, lawlessness and shouting people down. Source; http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.c... When you claim to speak for the 99%, remember, that includes most criminals like rapist and murders.   Hope your proud now,

Flea party
Flea party

Please read George Wills column to get some perspective

Radmanz
Radmanz

Occupy Wall Street?  Forget Wall Street!  I don't like big banks which are bailed out by Obama anymore than anyone else.  However, I dislike Cuban gulags, Karl Marx (and his little dog Engles, too!), and that fat monsrosity which is Michael Moore much, much more.  What's going on around here is all too clear, and it is not the Sons of Liberty striking a blow for Truth, Justice, and the American Way.  It's just warmed over leftist thugs, Che -Wannabes, and other fascist-commie pukes pushing an agenda that will ultimately lead to increased tyranny and economic disaster.  That is, if they manage to acheive their objectives.  Otherwise, rather than occupy Wall Street, I say let's occupy the strip-clubs and hit those bastards where they really live. 

Obamammy
Obamammy

Tea Party Vs The Flea Party.

Now.....about that bath.

VET03
VET03

Tea Party loses? And then you quote Krugman? WOW - like the Voice hasn't impeached it's credibility enough over the decades. How many people were arrested at Tea Party events when compared to Flea Party events? Who has shown more decency and civility, Tea or Flea? What you're showing is that you're a bunch of hypocrites wearing named brand shirts, shies, and having your Starbucks coffee while protesting the very corporations that YOU fund. Then only thing you're showing the world is how ignorant you truly are!

Kelly P
Kelly P

To my knowledge no Tea Partier ever took a crap on a police car.

KRYX
KRYX

How many indictments resulted from the fraudulent bank deals that almost collapsed our economy? Zero!! Finally, OWS is focusing the rage where it belongs.

Matt
Matt

This is defiantly not biased at all....

williambanzai7
williambanzai7

Wall Street is a symbol, the banks have all moved around and the HFT dominated NYSE is a shadow of its golden days of trading pit glory. 

But when you say OCCUPY WALL STREET, the whole world knows what it means. Much more so than OCCUPY PARK AVENUE.

latenitebump
latenitebump

t is for trailerp is for park

tea party=trailer park

now you know.
now you know.

 OWS = Grateful Dead Show, Hippie convention mixed w/ zombie radicals...

VET03
VET03

FLEA PARTY!

BTW, how would it be Trailer Park Trash standing up for corporate America? Wouldn;t you think TPT wold want more benefits, a larger government, and a nanny state? Oh that equates FLEA PARTY - Putz.

Benavram44
Benavram44

Right enemies, wrong politics, no goals.

gato liso
gato liso

Tea? Or me. I prefer the Earl Gray. Former flight for SAS.

Ron Bruguiere
Ron Bruguiere

Michaell Musto, the Conservatives and Tea Party activists have taken over your blog.  Screech loudly, Mr. Musto !!!!

Jrsst69
Jrsst69

Get a job Libtards. If you're so anti capitalism, get rid of your phones, your laptops, and anything else. Plus, live in a hut without electricity.. Capitalism gave all of this to you. Damn, you people are stupid.

Sausalito
Sausalito

No one's against capitalism. No one's against the tools of communication that we use  to live and share ideas with. They're against the corruption of capitalism and the abuse of privilege to the detriment of the everyday, hard working American. Damn YOU are a moron.

VET03
VET03

Then you may want to look at the signage the Flea Partiers are holding up, such as "Down with Capitalism".

Cvan
Cvan

Sausalito, I generally agree with you, but (as better expressed in the VV's article on Steve Jobs) strangely enough the right wing kook does peripherally lurch toward what actually would make a good point:  What does it mean when smart phone use makes it's user complicit in horrific international social costs?  phonestory.org 

Jrsst69
Jrsst69

Do these morons have any idea what they're protesting? Probably not... The tea party was grassroots and had/has a legitimate mission, whereas this occupy Wallstreet is no more than liberal robs blaming the failed liberal policies on Wallstreet. Funny too how liberals always have to use violence and racism. On the contrary, conservatives and the tea party use facts.

William
William

Look up the term "astroturfing" with regard to movements and corporate agendas. Come on and do your homework like the rest of us have. Tea-tards are shills with no mission and have been duped to be activists against their own best interests. The most laughable is they hate "Socialism" and yet misspell signs and protest in FAVOR of corporate socialism. Poor things.

Please post all links showing all of the violence and racism perpetrated by the LEFT. Post these links here so we can all see what you think you're talking about.

Cvan
Cvan

Grassroots?!  How grassroots are Dick Armey and the Koch brothers?  Conservatives don't know what facts are any more.  And since when did right wing kooks read the Village Voice?

Ha
Ha

The Tea-Party vs. The Flea-Party.

SGDM-NSDQ
SGDM-NSDQ

I have this crazy notion. Maybe both the Tea Partiers and the Occupiers of Wall Street are fucktards. Or do most of you view it "wooooowwww, my side is sooooo great, you're side is soooo dumb, lol, meme meme". For fucks sakes, we have called professional and college sports in this country for childish shit like that. Go be an asshole about your football, baseball, basketball, or hockey team to another person who supports an opponent you don't like.

Hilariously boring. Seen it before, this is just GOP vs Dems yet again, but with aliases and flash mobs. Good work, you've donnnnneeeee...... Nothing. You've done nothing. Prove me wrong.

William
William

Nope. Identifying and taking action against the REAL problem is the only way to solve an issue. Tea-tards are fighting for the people and companies that caused the very problems they despise.  At least OWS has identified the true "bad guys" and are moving in the correct direction. They can also spell words correctly on a placard, skew younger, are more tech savvy and they have more skin in the game than their older Tea-tard counterparts. You can't compare, as you did, to a split US congress or a sports game with close to 50/50 odds. This is more like 99/1 odds. OWS is much more widely accepted than Tea-politics. The smarter end of the Tea-tards will hopefully do some reading and see they've been duped and re-aim their considerable energy along side the OWA crowd.

S. Howland
S. Howland

Though I tend to agree with much of the sentiment of OWS I agree more with the initial poster here. It's all useless because we are still the divided masses out to step on each others heads while the rich continue to take our wallets when we are not looking. I am all about actually changing the system in terms of inequality but I am of the opinion that it would in fact actually require the abandoning of such destructive technologies and luxury's like computer and cell phones.

Ron Bruguiere
Ron Bruguiere

Occupy Wall Street certainly have Bloomberg and Eric Cantor getting nervous. Poor Eric, all his wealthy donors might pull back.

Wall Street isn't only a place for Floor Traders - checkout who else has offices down there.

Cvan
Cvan

Makes it seem like they're doing something right.

djcastel
djcastel

OWS is a little closer to the mark, but the real target should be the financial sector in mid-town Manhattan. Demonizing floor traders is a little silly. Are they against the idea of stock being publicly traded?

The OWS has a *long* way to go to achieve Tea Party status. They don't have a coherent platform beyond "we don't like fat cats". What exactly are they proposing should be done? The Tea Party, on the other hand, was organized enough to get dozens of candidates elected to Congress, and then show enough cohesion to influence legislation. Right now, I don't see anything suggesting that the OWS will develop similar resources and organizational ability.

Barry_D
Barry_D

"The Tea Party, on the other hand, was organized enough to get dozens of candidates elected to Congress, and then show enough cohesion to influence legislation."

Yes, which was pretty much 'f*ck us more!'.

Matthew Wood
Matthew Wood

OWS is nothing like the tea party.

The tea party is all about reducing the size of government, getting rid of wasteful spending, and job killing over-regulation of business. The rallying cry is "less government is the best government".  Their rallys are non-violent, and they even pick up their own trash.

On the other hand, OWS is about class warfare and just outright taking money from anyone who they deem as "rich" and distributing it.  Classic socialism and communism.  They hate business.  They especially hate successful businesses -- They want bigger and bigger government, run by liberal socialists,  to redistribute wealth to special interest groups they deem worthy.  They are violent.  Their rallying cry is "Take the Bridge", and when the cops prevent them from doing so they lie and claim they are the victims.  

Cecil Cain
Cecil Cain

But he OWS is right about: more and more of the wealth has coagulated at the top over the last few years.  The Tea Party has an exaggerated sense of how latrhe our government and tax base really is...

http://www.obamaftw.com/blog/t...

Ken Hughes
Ken Hughes

You sound like I imagine a "Metal head" Tea-stained Repugnican would sound.  We of OWA and now OTH will win in the end as this is truly a movement of the people and not dumbed-down, astroturf Palinites and Bachmanites with a TexasTeaDip on the side.

Cvan
Cvan

The tea party crowd are just sore losers, simply that.  The occupy crowd on the other hand, as well as the millions that agree, are for a simple concept you don't understand.  It's not about "taking money from anyone" and redistributing it, it's about the rich getting richer and everyone else getting poorer.  How?  In part, by the rich and corporations socialized risk and capitalizing profit, i.e. we pay for their risk.  The present form of American capitalism is sick and immoral.

VET03
VET03

Have you looked at the past November elections? Um, kinda think we won!

Barry_D
Barry_D

"The tea party is all about reducing the size of government, getting rid of wasteful spending, and job killing over-regulation of business. The rallying cry is "less government is the best government".  Their rallys are non-violent, and they even pick up their own trash."

Lie.  The Tea Party was a corporate astrotuf-started b*tchfest that started as soon as they no longer held the White House. 

VET03
VET03

LIE - even proving my point is your inability to verbalize in a manner that a literate adult may interpret!

Jonster
Jonster

"...and they even pick up their own trash."  Michelle Bachman?   Please, the only reason the Tea Party is even in the news is because of the Koch Bros. and their billions.  The debt ceiling crisis did them in.  True, OWS is nothing like the Tea Party.  They are polar opposites.

Ishmael94
Ishmael94

You  didn't even  know  who  the  Koch  bros  were until some Peacock network  flunky  claimed they  funded  the  Tea Party,  A  claim  the  flunky  made  without  any  evidence  of  any  connection  other than  the  Koch  Bros  previously  supporting  conservative  political  candidates.The  Tea  Party  Doesn't Need   anyone  Funding it.It  IS  Grass Roots  and  has been  from  the start. 

Matthew Wood
Matthew Wood

Koch bros. ....Yawn.  Go back to dailykos loser.  The tea party was and is as grassroots as it possibly gets.  Law abiding citizens, the "silent majority" who are being F**ed by this idiot President and his loser liberal minions -- finally said enough is enough.

 

Matthew Wood
Matthew Wood

ObamaCareWasting 1 trillion dollarsFor putting us in a new depression.Being so anti-business that companies that can are fleeing.ruining the US standing in the worldBeing a laughinstock to China.

Only stupid fools like yourself play the race card because they have nothing else, they can't admit what  a loser Obama is.

Serves you right -- voting for a person with less executive experience then Sarah Palin.

William
William

Astroturf vs. grassroots. Look them up and see the difference. Do your homework. Tea Party was constructed, OWS is organic. You may want to look those terms up as well. No one is really debating that point. 

Please be more specific why you dislike the President other than your thinly veiled racism. Post links and data to support your claim. You came to the wrong place to post hyperbole without thought. 

Findingnamo
Findingnamo

They are violent, Matthew Wood?  Link, please.

VET03
VET03

When a groupo refuses to leave when being legally told to do so, and then pushes onward towards law enforcement - yes, that's violent! Here's one link of many out there - so this should satisfy you, which I am sure it won't. http://manhattan.ny1.com/conte...

Matthew Wood
Matthew Wood

Uhh....a large mob chanting "take the bridge" is violent.

Fferguson
Fferguson

 yes, planning to stand on a bridge is "violent". More FUD from the party of hate and fear

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