The Tea Party Should Help President Obama Spread His Message About the Occupy Movement

By: November 08, 2011

Referring to the Occupy Wall Street movement, President Obama said, “The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side.”

In words I don’t utter often, I agree with the president. The Tea Party should help him inform not just the Occupiers but everyone in America that he sides with their movement—the one that has produced, among other things, widespread illegal occupation of city property, public masturbation, property damage, attacks on police officers, drug dealing and usage, open calls for violence, mass arrests, and sexual assaults; the one whose goal is the destruction of the entire capitalist system.

In the same interview, President Obama said, “In some ways, they’re not that different from some of the protests that we saw coming from the Tea Party.” Really? This is where my agreement with the president ends–abruptly. While the Tea Party may have some slight overlap in some of our grievances (e.g., with the Federal Reserve, and bailouts for huge corporations), our overall agendas and our people are from different universes. In more than two and a half years of enormous protests across America in many of the same areas where the Occupiers are now camped, we have had no incidents like those described above. Instead, we have followed the law, acquired the proper permits, paid the appropriate fees, respected the people and property around us, kept our pants on, left our areas when our time was up, and peacefully and honorably advanced the cause of liberty. Also, our aim is to restore and strengthen our economic system, not destroy it.

The soul of the two movements could not be more different or more apparent. This seems like a no-brainer, but Voices of the Tea Party should include an e-book highlighting these differences to help inform everyone in America who the Tea Party is, who Occupy Wall Street is, and whom the president supports.

Right up to November 2012.

Jon Wakefield is a leader of the Richmond, Virginia Tea Party. His novel, Fatal Reality, is available on Visit his website at

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