Today, I’m featuring a guest post from my good friend, Scooter. He’s an active up-and-comer in the world of conservative politics and someone with whom I wish I could more often engage around a real kitchen table. The conversation is always interesting, at the very least! So without any further ado, here it is:
In her blog post, “Occupy Wall Street vs. Tea Party” Rachel makes several key arguments, among them a well-reasoned plea for humane political discourse, which I agree with. In fact, I must admit on occasion I am guilty of using the same heavy doses of rhetoric Rachel argues against.
But let us get to the real meat of her post, the difference between two recent political movements. To suggest that the Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party movements should somehow be given equal respect or regarded as contrasting but legitimate political movements does simply not past muster if properly examined. Yes, we are well past the “let’s compare sound bites and pictures of the Tea Party and Occupy movement and basically you will find two similar movements in their propensity” moment.
At “Occupy” protests around the country we have seen well-documented violence, bigotry, anti-Semitism, rioting, sexual assault, property damage and widespread illegal “occupying/loitering,” beyond the extent that could be confined to a “selective few” as many would suggest.
One simply cannot say that the movement as a whole is not in some way responsible or at least identifiable by widespread patterns of behavior. Violence, for example, has been widely covered at “Occupy” protests in D.C., NYC, Oakland, and other cities. How are we not to then say that violence occurs at “Occupy” protests? Apply the same rational to property damage or other offenses at “Occupy” protests and patterns quickly form.
In contrast, which of these egregious patterns of behavior were present at Tea Party rallies? Could you find a pattern of less than flattering signs or sound bites at Tea Party rallies? Perhaps. How about defecating in public parks and on police cars? Or throwing chairs through the windows of small businesses? I don’t seem to remember seeing repeated news coverage of those things happening at Tea Party rallies.
Aside from the obvious contrast between the actions of the two groups, consider for a moment what you should even be defined as a legitimate political movement.
Take for example, the Civil Rights movement and Suffrage for women, or even failed political movements, such as the push for prohibition in the early 20th century. All had an outcome in mind; they exercised marches, civil disobedience, and well-planned protests to achieve those objectives. Now apply the same scrutiny to the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Tea Party.
The Tea Party has a well-defined objective to curb government spending, cut taxes and return to Constitutional principles of governance. These objectives were widely agreed to by Tea Parties groups and coalitions around America and a caucus in Congress. They were then exercised in peaceful and legal protests, calling members of Congress, showing
up at Town Hall meetings, and that good old-fashioned American practice of voting. You may completely disagree with their beliefs or ideology, but who can questions their status as a legitimate political movement?
In contrast, name a definable objective/agenda that we have seen come out of the Occupy Wall Street movement? Please provide me with a course of action they have proposed that could lead to substantive change? Simply put, and I believe Americans widely agree, when a large group of people gather illegally in one or many places around the country with no defined objectives or goals aside from ambiguous slogans of “taxing the rich and corporations,” you have a mob on your hands not a valid political movement.
Environmentalists, animal rights activists, and heck even the movement to legalize pot in the United States is more recognizable as actual political movements with goals in mind than the “Occupiers.”
Now, is it fair to call ALL Occupiers “beasts,” or to label every person in the mob as anti- American socialists? Of course not. But let’s judge the “movement” by its fruit; let’s examine them by what they have publicly stated and the actions that have so far come out of their protests. We have a widespread pattern of complete disregard for the law, we see
totally obnoxious child-like behavior on a daily basis at these protests, we see rioters in the streets and watch them clash with brave police officers, and all with no apparent or definable justification for their actions.
For my recipe, I have chosen a delightful meal that I am able to prepare, without the assistance of Laura.
Beans and Hamburger
1 large can of Bushes Baked Beans
1 lbs of hamburger
1 large onion
1 green pepper
Fry hamburger in large skillet until well-cook, then add can of Bushes Beans into skillet, then dice up onion and also add to skillet. Repeat process with green pepper and also add to skillet. Once all of the ingredients are in the skillet cook to a boil, then turn off the stove, let the mixture cool and eat.