Tea party leader: Occupy movement a ‘freak show,’ and Wall Street undeserving of blame for economy

A fund-raising solicitation from Mark Meckler of Tea Party Patriots just dropped into the in-box, focusing on the Occupy movement – and absolving Wall Street of any blame in the current economic crisis:

The liberal media says the law-breaking anarchists who are terrorizing New York are simply a “progressive” version of the Tea Party.

I’m just one of the thousands and thousands of law-abiding Americans who built the Tea Party movement. However, I take great offense that our peaceful rallies aimed at reining in government are being compared to that violent freak show on Wall Street.

And I expect you do, too.

Please help the Tea Party Patriots push back against the liberal media and expose these “Occupy Wall Street” protesters for what they are: America-hating anarchists who want to take their anger out on ordinary, productive citizens….

Tea party rallies have always felt like “parties” — and safe and clean ones at that. Unlike protesters in New York, I can find no reports of tea partiers being arrested, individually or en masse, at the thousands of tea parties across the country with millions of attendees that have taken place for years now.

However, on the streets of New York, these anti-free enterprise anarchists are defacing American flags, defiling police cars, accosting ordinary citizens, threatening businesses and demanding class warfare be waged on anyone who works hard and is successful.

We the people know what caused this terrible economic crisis. It wasn’t capitalism or American freedom. Instead it was out-of-control government spending, sky-high taxes and rampant cronyism and corruption in Washington, D.C.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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205 comments Add your comment

Romegaguy

October 21st, 2011
1:52 pm

DannyX

October 21st, 2011
1:53 pm

So the Tea Party, a group that named their movement after the most famous act of civil disobedience in the nations history, have a problem with protesters peacefully protesting in a park?????

As usual, the crazy Tea Party people make no sense whatsoever.

Independent voter

October 21st, 2011
1:57 pm

Teabagarrs you are a mess please leave america we dont like your kind

Road Scholar

October 21st, 2011
1:58 pm

Does the Tea Party believe in free speech? Or just rhetoric that agrees with them?

Jerome Horwitz

October 21st, 2011
2:00 pm

Facts have no meaning to the Tea Party. If you search any of the independent sources such as FactCheck you will learn that each element, government and the private sector (Wall Street), factored into the equation. Yeah, the government forced these financers to package inferior derivatives and sell them to dupes. IMHO it was the lack of oversight by the government that allowed this farce to go on. And then these banks had to bailed out to keep the whole system from collapsing.

clem

October 21st, 2011
2:04 pm

another da tper

Independent voter

October 21st, 2011
2:05 pm

The teaparty is nothing but some boring people who dont like president Obama and I wondering why they didnt show up doing Bush days!

Class of '98

October 21st, 2011
2:06 pm

Danny X, what exactly are they protesting? Inequality? Welcome to Planet Earth. Inequality is eternal. Is there anything else?

The next cogent argument I hear from the Occupiers will be the first. For crying out loud, the Atlanta occupiers first demand was to rename the park after Troy Davis.

If that’s not absolutely absurd, I don’t know what is.

Class of '98

October 21st, 2011
2:06 pm

Independent Voter, english isn’t your first language, is it?

Ow my head

October 21st, 2011
2:08 pm

Funny – I haven’t seen any OWS folks stomping on people’s heads like at this here Tea Party!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjBp6PG07dw

JDG

October 21st, 2011
2:10 pm

“The next cogent argument I hear from the Occupiers will be the first.” You mean like “re-instate Glass Steagall”?

MRJ

October 21st, 2011
2:10 pm

I must have missed where the TP was calling for an end to protest. This guy is simply trying to debunk the comparisons between the two, and with good reason. Paul Krugman actually had the audacity to say that the OWS protests, with scores of arrests, acts of vandalism, and injuries to law enforcement, were better behaved than the TP movement. I am not a tea party supporter, but such comparisons are pretty absurd. Makes sense that the TP would try and avoid the comparison.

coachx

October 21st, 2011
2:12 pm

The Occupy people are animals compared to the Tea Party.

Occupy Atlanta was actually stupid enough to believe Phipps Plaza was public property. They actually the State or Federal Government owned that fancy hotel and expensive mall.

After half of them got lost on Marta……..the 12 who did show up found out its private property and turned around.

Why do the uninformed hate on hard working people, who pick up after themselves, and praise a bunch of lazy, young, uninformed people who just became adults ?

Jenny Hatch

October 21st, 2011
2:15 pm

Independent voter

October 21st, 2011
2:15 pm

Well teabagarrs shows up with riffle and guns at there rally.

Teaparty are nothing but the new age of KKK

DannyX

October 21st, 2011
2:17 pm

Tea Party favorite Tom Graves was personally violated by Barney Frank.

Barney Frank pinned Tea Party golden boy Tom Graves down and shoved a 2 million dollar signature loan down his throat.

Barney Frank forced all those failed banks in Georgia to hand out those loans to developers.

Independent voter

October 21st, 2011
2:18 pm

Class of 98=Td is changing her name on here to attack people for maken there comments onthis blog.

Class of 98 like I said the teaparty is going to make the republicans lose in 2012

DannyX

October 21st, 2011
2:19 pm

Guess what Tea Party? You are very unpopular with the American people. Tea Party favorable ratings have plummeted, 28% approval and dropping. Its the Tea Party that Americans see as nasty.

Independent voter

October 21st, 2011
2:20 pm

I whether support Occupy wall street because aleast they not out bashing republicans or democrat.
Teaparty is nothing but racist people in america who does not want a black man as president.

honested

October 21st, 2011
2:21 pm

What country was this clown living in while the seeds of the economic disaster were being sown?
I realize he wants to be subservient to those from whom he seeks donations, but please don’t attempt to warp reality!!

TBone

October 21st, 2011
2:22 pm

@ Independent voter … I think I’d quit while you’re not to far behind but the more you attempt to communicate the views of the Occupy crowd the better the Tea Party looks. There is really no basis for comparison for the Tea Party individuals and the malcontents at these Occupy gatherings. Go ahead bash away.

honested

October 21st, 2011
2:23 pm

I thought the basis of capitalism was supposed to be supply and demand.
I guess that was true until bankers, developers, builders and ‘investors’ get added to the mix.
Then it devolves into plain ole’ crime.

honested

October 21st, 2011
2:24 pm

tbone,

Ok, the teapottys have been around for a couple of years (at least that is how long the money has been flowing to them).
What, of value to the lower 99% have they accomplished?

Political Mongrel

October 21st, 2011
2:26 pm

This is just another example of how a closed mind is impervious to the obvious truth. At least, obvious to those who actually bother to pay attention to anything outside of their little inbred fantasy world.

DannyX

October 21st, 2011
2:27 pm

“I guess that was true until bankers, developers, builders and ‘investors’ get added to the mix.”

So true!

And don’t forget about the bonding agencies, they helped too.

JDG

October 21st, 2011
2:29 pm

“Class of 98=Td is changing her name” Her? TrishaDisha? Hahahahah – I thought so. She’s the one who, 4 – 5 years ago, would show up singing her hosannas to The Decider and tell us how, a few (hundreds of) thousands of dead Iraqis notwithstanding, Victory was right around the corner! Then, when I’d ask her to define “victory” she’d say “it’s when we win”. Then, when I’d ask her “how will we know we’ve won?” she either would stop posting or change the subject. Sort of like when I asked td to point out to me some proof that the current president has forced more regulations on the private sector than any other president…

Grave Robber

October 21st, 2011
2:30 pm

Jaime o. Perez

October 21st, 2011
2:32 pm

Mark Mekler does not speak for me. As a founder of the Abraham Lincoln tea party in Texas, I support any and all democratic and peaceful expressions of speech.

joe suggs

October 21st, 2011
2:32 pm

How do they get time off from work to protest ?????

GLK

October 21st, 2011
2:33 pm

Of course it’s a freak show, as is every convocation of Leftists. And surprising no one, the ultra-Liberal AJC has embraced the freaks with warm and fuzzy coverage.

Yeah, nobody was fooled by your desperate advertising, AJC. One look at the front page is all it takes to see you’re still publishing the same old Left-wing Obama-kissing hippie-loving crap.

TBone

October 21st, 2011
2:36 pm

Just who is this phantom 99% and why are they so deserving of the fruits of the extortion of others property? I am not a rich man by any stretch but I serve in my community individually in numerous ways and contribute to my church which is able to leverage my giving with others. There are many like myself who do this and don’t look for attention or take pleasure in grand standing. If you’re looking for truth you’re looking in the wrong place.

Greg

October 21st, 2011
2:39 pm

Occupy WS people are anti-free enterprise? Or are the simply upset that Republicans continue to cater to a free enterprise that sends jobs out of the country, hires some of its foreign workers for pennies, and rake in huge profits while Republicans continue to say that these corporations need tax breaks in order to keep hiring elsewhere?

Give me a break….

Only a fool could not have seen civil disobedience coming.

Its what the original Tea Party was all about!! Taxation (breaks to big business) without representation (where the heck are the jobs that these tax breaks are supposed to create?)

All the while we bail out banks to have them turn around and fee us to death and pay there people 15 million in bonuses for helping to create all of this mess.

Wow the Tea Party folks are nuttier than Planters!!

Isis5761

October 21st, 2011
2:42 pm

The only freak show I know of is the Tea party.

ITP guy

October 21st, 2011
2:44 pm

Is it even possible to be an “anti-free enterprise anarchist”? How can you be against the existence of any government (anarchist) and in favor of so much government regulation of the economy that you are “anti-free enterprise.”?

This reminds me of the tea party crowd accusing Obama of being a “Nazi” and a “socialist” at the same time. The two are not at all the same, and in fact, their differences led them to kill tens of millions of each other in World War II (see Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union and the aftermath). It basically is just throwing various names of all types of radical philosophies at whoever you disagree with politically, whether it makes any sense or not.

td

October 21st, 2011
2:47 pm

JDG

October 21st, 2011
2:10 pm
“The next cogent argument I hear from the Occupiers will be the first.” You mean like “re-instate Glass Steagall”?

Now if that statement would have come from an actual OWS protester instead of a Union spokesperson then you might have a point. The DNC, unions and organizations have been on the street for about a week now trying to formulate a pro Dem message but no one is buying it.

BehindEnemyLines

October 21st, 2011
2:50 pm

Comparing the “flea party” gatherings to a freak show is unfair to freak shows past & present.

td

October 21st, 2011
2:51 pm

Independent voter

October 21st, 2011
2:20 pm

Did you know that Herman Cain was one of the original co-sponsors of the Tea Party movement in ATL? Did you know the ATL. Tea Party supports Herman Cain for President? Did you know Herman Cain was a black man?

Independent voter

October 21st, 2011
2:56 pm

JDG you caught on with her game Td told me she always win on here what matter who go against her political views.

I remember her doing Kasim and Mary Norwood may election she talk about Kasim Reed so bad i thought she was a racist now she talk about president Obama so bad I learn to deal with her negative comments. DannyX be putting her in place about her negativity about the president.

OZ

October 21st, 2011
2:56 pm

Freak show indeed…starring a lot of communistic wannabes

Smoke

October 21st, 2011
2:56 pm

The Tea Party started off with the incoherent message, “We want our country back.” It was not until American for Prosperity paid to move the agenda that the Authoritarian Aristocrats wanted them to have, and FOX started promoting rallies and hiring headliners. Then Dixiecrat politicians came on board because their AA donors gave them marching orders. Liberals are not that organized. All they know is that we are in a mess, and the Congressional Republicans have a 16% approval rating.

Independent voter

October 21st, 2011
2:57 pm

Herman Cain dont like hisself and he dont think he african american he said his ancestor didnt come from Africa but he look more like a African.

Teaparty they all are coo coo in the head.

Feral Heathen

October 21st, 2011
2:58 pm

Just a note for all you liberal snivelers
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation

Retired Solider

October 21st, 2011
2:59 pm

Just a few differences between the two groups:

1. Tea Party gets a permit to demonstrate, OWS does so illegally.
2. Tea Party Makes their point and leaves, OWS occupies and obstructs.
3. Tea Party is orderly and very few if any have been arrested, OWS are disorderly and arrested by the bus load.
4. Tea Party uses bathrooms, OWS craps on police cars.
5. Tea Party wants to change the system, OWS wants the system thrown out.

Yep, you guys are correct. There really isn’t any difference between the two groups.

td

October 21st, 2011
3:01 pm

JDG

October 21st, 2011
2:29 pm
“Class of 98=Td is changing her name”

Sorry but you are wrong again. I had to go out and convince a client that I did not work for the welfare department and he was responsible for paying his bills.

From your comments it appears you have been on these blogs for sometime. I have been on them 2009 and do not ever remenber your logon name? You must have changed your name? You gave yourself away, so who were you before?

Smoke

October 21st, 2011
3:01 pm

Congress had a lousy 30% approval rating when Nancy Pelosi was Speaker. It has dropped as low as 12% this year. I wonder what happened?

Southern Comfort

October 21st, 2011
3:01 pm

We the people know what caused this terrible economic crisis. It wasn’t capitalism or American freedom. Instead it was out-of-control government spending, sky-high taxes and rampant cronyism and corruption in Washington, D.C.

He needs to speak for himself and not “we the people”, because this person here does not agree with him. Last time I checked, Countrywide, Lehman Brothers, and others were not governmental agencies. Derivative speculation and trading was not government spending. I’ve had enough of this partial blame game crap. If you’re gonna take the time to try to lay blame, make sure to blame ALL who are complicit and not just the one’s that fit your partisaned view.

Road Scholar @ 1:58

I think it’s a split decision, although current trend is beginning to sway towards the latter.

Tbird

October 21st, 2011
3:03 pm

Way too much finger pointing…actually NAFTA was signed into law by a Democrat, not a Republican. I believe that the imports should have such huge tariffs that American companies will choose to come back home. It is not a Republican versus Democrat thing; it is a government thing and the laws that have been pushed through by lobbyists through lining the pockets of our elected officials.
Bottom line we need jobs here, and in order to get them major changes need to made…

Ordinary Law-Abiding American Here

October 21st, 2011
3:03 pm

I was in downtown Atlanta for a meeting today, and decided to walk across the street to Woodruff Park to check out the Occupy Atlanta folks. I surveyed the area and doubled back to the table with their materials and had a pleasant chat with one of their volunteers. I would not classify the people I encountered “freaks,” nor did I feel that my safety was in jeopardy. I am a mid-30’s white lady and was dressed in business attire. I wondered if I’d encounter some hostility, but instead the volunteers were quite hospitable and encouraged me to check out their printed materials. I agree with the criticism that the Occupy movement needs to distill its message, but the energy and frustrations that give rise to the movement is one that many of us can identify with. I want to live in a country and state with a healthy middle class. I want responsive law enforcement and decent schools for my kid. I’m willing to pay for these services, and I’m tired of tea-partiers and rich fat cats hijakcing our elected officials and convincing them otherwise.

Independent voter

October 21st, 2011
3:04 pm

Retired Solider only thing I got to say about the teaparty they prove that they are racist people who does not want a african american president and they spitt on several african american congressman.

That got pictures of president Obama as a socialism and put signs of him as hitler I think that is disrespecting our president. The world look at america as a racist country it shouldnt be that way because we all are American.

DJ Sniper

October 21st, 2011
3:04 pm

The Tea Party at its finest:

Tea Party Group Urges Small Businesses ‘Not To Hire A Single Person’ To Hurt Obama
By Marie Diamond on Oct 20, 2011 at 11:25 am

Congressional Republicans have acted shocked and offended at Democrats’ suggestions that they are intentionally sabotaging the economy to try to win back the White House in 2012. Republicans have refused to pass President Obama’s jobs plan — which experts estimate will create at least 1.9 million jobs — and proposed an alternative plan that Moody’s says “will likely push the economy back into recession.”

Now influential Tea Party leaders are throwing caution to the wind and openly lobbying business owners to stop hiring in order to hurt Obama politically. This week, Right Wing Watch picked up on a message Tea Party Nation sent to their members from conservative activist Melissa Brookstone.

In a rambling letter titled “Call For A Strike of American Small Businesses Against The Movement for Global Socialism,” Brookstone urges businesses “not hire a single person” to protest “this new dictator”:

Resolved that: The current administration and Democrat majority in the Senate, in conjunction with Progressive socialists from all around the country, especially those from Hollywood and the left leaning news media (Indeed, most of the news media.) have worked in unison to advance an anti-business, an anti-free market, and an anti-capitalist (anti-individual rights and property ownership) agenda. [...]

I, an American small business owner, part of the class that produces the vast majority of real, wealth producing jobs in this country, hereby resolve that I will not hire a single person until this war against business and my country is stopped.

Brookstone cites Democrats’ support of the Occupy Wall Street movement as proof that Obama, media elites, and the like are “against business, private property ownership and capitalism.” Although she fails to explain how a freeze on hiring would send a bold pro-business message, given that such a boycott would further damage the economy and exacerbate high national unemployment.

But these Tea Partiers are only too happy to put politics ahead of the well-being of 14 million unemployed Americans, not to mention the businesses who are looking for qualified workers.