by Randi Briggs
What, might you ask, is the difference between the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Tea Party movement? Some would say there is no difference, but I would beg to differ. The OWS movement seems to be a bit schizophrenic. When asked what they want, they really can't answer. The Tea Party, on the other hand, can answer very clearly. We want Fiscal Responsibility, Adherence to the Constitution, and we want the Free Markets left alone to work.
OWS wants to destroy the country, and turn it into a Socialist Utopia. The Tea Party wants to restore the country and let Capitalism work. I've never met a poor man that has hired anyone, so I don't really hate the rich. In fact, I'd like to be one.
The lamestream media has exalted this whole OWS movement as their answer to the Tea Party. They nightly get on the air and talk about how wonderful it is, while these same people completely ignored the Tea Party movement. Maybe they should be careful what they wish for...
Here is a partial list of the supporters of the OWS: Communist Party USA, American Nazi Party, Revolutionary Communist party, Black Panthers Louis Farrakhan, CAIR, Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Hugo Chavez, Govt of North Korea, Communist Party of China, Hezbollah, SEIU, AFL-CIO among many including Teacher's Unions as well as Moveon.org (George Soros). If you don’t believe me, do your own google search for supporters of OWS. PJ Media is a good place to look.
The violence and destruction is rampant. The property damage is running in the millions. Rape is a common theme in the "camps". The movement has become a magnet for every nut and fruitcake in the country. The trash and odor are overwhelming in some areas. Arrests are a regular feature. The disrespect for our police and other law enforcement has reached dangerous levels. Many of these public servants have been seriously injured. They have had broken bottles, feces and urine thrown at them. They have been vilified.
Now contrast that with the Tea Party. In two and a half years there have been exactly 0 arrests. We make our point, and then we leave. We leave the area cleaner than we found it. The biggest problem law enforcement has is fending off the people who want to thank them for looking after us.
In Oakland this last week, the Mayor had the police clear the square, and on the next day she allowed the protestors to come back - effectively throwing the police under the bus. Then she gave all the city employees the day off so that they could go join the movement - on the city's dime. At the same time, she recalled all the law enforcement and told them they had to work. What can be inferred other than she is pitting these two groups against one another?
I sure don't have a problem with people exercising their first amendment rights, but not at the expense of other peoples' rights. What about the store owners that must pay for repairing damages? What about the insurance companies that must make payouts - in the end raising premiums for everyone? What about my rights? What about your rights?
The OWS movement embraces violence. What, in the beginning may have had merit, has become anarchy.
How can I have any sympathy for a person that racks up $100k in student loans, and then complains because they have to pay them back? How can I have sympathy with someone that thinks the taxpayers should pick up the tab? I cleaned other people's homes to make money for tuition and books so I could go to college. No one paid my way. I fully expected to pay my own way. Why is it the young people today expect to rack up horrendous debt, and then ask someone else to pay for it? We have to reverse this trend. It's time to take a stand.
Randi Briggs is a resident of Nevada County and a patriot.