Tea Party Envy

The ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement has found a good friend in the national media. By creatively corralling the unsavory protestors’ hodgepodge of left-wing grievances into a momentary narrative, they’ve lent them attention and credibility they wouldn’t have otherwise had. Rather than fizzling out under its own shallowness, the increased exposure has inspired similar, smaller protests around the country and the liberal media is pretty happy about that. Why? The answer is simple: Tea Party envy.

The media witnessed the rise of a legitimate grassroots movement in the Tea Party, and watched in awe and disdain as it dramatically changed the political landscape in this country. Though they’ve actively worked to discredit and demean the movement at every opportunity, they gained an undeclared respect for their results.

They want their own Tea Party that they can use to influence public opinion, and though not ideal, the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ people gave them the foothold they’ve been looking for. The Wall Street backdrop was a perfect component for liberal activism, especially with class warfare being Obama’s latest weapon of choice in hopes of preserving his presidency.

The problem is that most of the protestors don’t seem to have a clue what they, themselves stand for. Merely wanting what you don’t have isn’t a focused message, and it doesn’t bide well for longevity. The Tea-Party movement has been successful over the past two and a half years because their message is simple, they genuinely believe in it, and it resonates with most people.

There’s also the issue of demeanor. Even when the media scoured Tea Party rallies to find the worst elements of the bunch, the people watching on television saw a composed crowd who brought lawn-chairs, coolers, and American Flags. They were civil when spoken to and picked up after themselves when they left. Finding an Occupier that meets any of that criteria has been a difficult task. Far too many come across as dirty, angry, and lazy.

The ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement has already outlasted its organic components. Like flies drawn to slop, labor unions, paid activists, and most recently celebrities have latched onto the cause to prop it up. Kanye West, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins have all wandered their way through the pond of objectors, applauding their determination and stance against the evil capitalistic practices from which they’ve all made their own fortunes. Apparently not content with clinging to only one fledgling liberal movement, Al Gore has even signed on.

The ride’s about over. I give it a couple more weeks before the movement’s true believers sense the commercialization that has surrounded them, become weary of the incoming Fall temperatures, and drift back to their hiding places until they feel their next great calling.

What the liberal elite can’t quite grasp is that they’ll never have a Tea Party of their own because their leftist principals don’t resonate with a significant portion of the center-right country we live in. The ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement is particularly a tough sell. For most people who have lived out their adolescence and have become productive members of society, envy is just not a priority in their lives. Family is. Prosperity is. When those fundamentals are threatened, only then do successful grassroots movements begin.

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration, and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. His first novel, entitled "From a Dead Sleep", is now on sale! He lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • T Geloso

    10/27/11 @ 6:57a

    Dalys’ contention that OWS is a manufactured counterpoint to the Tea Party and is envious of it is laughable.
    If anybody is a lackey for somebody else, it’s the Tea Party. The Koch brothers and others have their hands all over it with “donations”.
    Yesterday the CBO came out with figures that back up the contention(s)of OWS.
    SSDD with Dalys method and content of attack. Frame it in a belittleing maner, and the Tea Party lemmings dutifully follow along in lock step. Reminiscent of the Nazi party strategies in Germany in the 1930’s.
    Just as raw meat is thrown to the captive animal, let those lemmings go off on tangents that supposedly “prove” their point(s) to muddle up things.
    That ain’t the America I grew up with in the 60’s.
    There’s always been, for a lack of a better word, contention between individuals, and collections of individuals. What are you people afarid of when it comes to somebody else getting together to give voice to what they feel/think ?
    Instead of an elite class called monarchs ruling the populace, there’s now the economic elite spawned by the industrial revolution initally, and reinforced by the latest “revolution” with electronics that, in many ways help reinforce their dominance.
    “A rose by any other name is still a rose”, remember that one. And there’s still a small number of individuals in power as compared to the majority who are being reduced to not much more than economic animals who are less thought of and disposable.
    Removing your head from your individual and collective posterior(s) would go a long way to wake you people up to realize who is the gov’t for, the majority of us, OR that wealthy 1% who currently use us as fodder for their self aggrandizement ?

  • R. Gavreil S’Chevalier

    Actually the problem for these ranters is, they don’t and cannot understand the word Capitalism, which in actuality is envied by most the world. Were it not for capitalism, people residing in a city like New York, would still be using “out-houses.” There is always some greed, but in it all, capitalism and wonderful freedoms has given the United States a standard of living that became the envey of all the world. Also, Capitalism would not have evolved had the United States of America been anything less than a freedom loving Republic. These liberal idiots walking around with dumb signs, mouthing idiotic complaints and being so critical just about everythign but themselves really need getting themself a life. Ingnorance is not an excuse, for if it were so, we would have an eighty percent less prison population. So there is your message, pull you head out of the sand, and read it.

    • T Geloso

      Not that there’s been “some abuses” with capitalism, there’ve been MAJOR abuses with capitalism.
      Remember the robber barons of the Guilded Age and how they viewed the people who toiled and labored for them and that these abuses and other kinds eventually lead to the social reforms that came with FDR many years later.
      The definition of idiot comes from the Greek idios, which means to be by ones self, which is a totally adequate description of you and the anybody else that adheres to the verbal masturbation you put out.

  • Drew Page

    There are some people with legitimate gripes attending these OWS protest rallies. It’s bad enough that the banks and Wall Street brokerage firms got rich selling toxic mortgages as mortgage backed “securities”, but to add insult to injury, not a single person went to jail over this. No one from the Carter administration, that brought us the Community Reinvestment Act; no one from the Clinton administration that set quotas for banks to make “sub-prime” (bad risk) mortgage loans to those who couldn’t possibly repay them; not anyone from the Bush administration that was supposed to be in charge of the SEC; not anyone from the New York State Department of Insurance that allowed AIG to sell mortgage default insurance without having the necessary reserves to cover potential losses. Not only did no one go to jail for this incredible malfeasence in office, but no one was even fired and the taxpayers that lost their savings, their jobs and their homes over all this were left to pay the bill.

    The Presidents and Congressmen/women and the agencies they oversee are supposed to represent all of the people of the U.S. not just the poor or the rich. Some of these ‘representatives’ were trying to buy votes for themselves under the guise of helping lower income people “achieve the American dream of home ownership”. They turned that American dream into a nightmare. Perhaps the biggest villians of all were the so-called regulators whose job it was to prevent the sale of toxic loans as securities and to prevent the sale of mortgage default insurance without the reserves necessary to pay potential claims. The OWS group should be picketing the SEC and the N.Y. State Department of Insurance.

  • samantha perumal

    i always agree(&probably always will)with wat mr goldberg says,so much so dat i sometimes almost call him barney,instead of bernard!

  • RecknHavic

    Spot on John!

    The faux grassroots OWS crowd are simply another attempt by the Left to distract from the failures of Obama, Reid and their asinine economic policies. Nov 2012 cannot get here fast enough.

  • Jeff

    As opposed to those Tea Party visionaries that proclaimed “keep government out of my medicare”. Now bend over you GOPers, the Koch’s have paid for you delusions and they want to go around the world or maybe a dirty sanchez, no make that a rusty trombone.

  • Vince Ricardo

    All I want to know is, if those guys all get their student loans to somehow “disappear,” I’m going to be wantin’ to get my money back from the State of New Jersey. You know, from the student loan that I actually repaid.

    • eric in ohio

      I agree. What is pathetic about the OWS people is that if various companies would get together and set up a Jobs Fair for them, none of them would bother to show up. They’d rather lay around and smoke dope.

  • therealguyfaux

    My own belief is that the Tea Party and the Wall St occupiers are in the same relative position as the blind men and the elephant, substantively speaking, in that they both want to see a separation of Bank and State, with each side’s emphasis different. That said, of course the MSM wants to anoint a counterpart to the Tea Party; they are all a bunch of Jim Romes whose sole mission in life is to create conflict when there wasn’t any, just to have something to report on. You are wrong when you say that the Occupy Movement has no legs; it will stick around as long as the economy remains weak due to Obama’s tenure in office. This current manifestation will disappear with the first snow if they are not cleared out first, but some version with some specious logic and spurious facts will persist so long as we still have the alliance between Big Money and Big Government.

  • Pundit Pete

    John – Very well said.
    I’ve actually come up with some ideas for the Occupy Wall Street movement which might help them clean up their image, and then declare victory and go home. For a few laughs, check out Practical Pete’s Advice for the Occupy Movement at the Pundit Pete blog.
    http://www.punditpete.blogspot.com/
    Oh, and for those who want to visit a protest, or even join one, I’ve included some good sign ideas.

  • Cerberus

    Wow, what an extremely biased piece of gutter journalism. You really have to be very myopic to deny there is any legitimacy in protesting against the corruption and misbehaviour in the financial sector that has brought us to the edge of the cliff. In your piece, you just use the much repeated Tea Party/Fox News recipe: the people who are hit hardest who dare to raise their voices are lazy, they envy the rich, they wage class-warfare, etc. Very tiring and very hypocritical….

    • John Daly

      You realize that this is an opinion column, not a news report, right?

      Is that what they’re protesting? Corruption and misbehavior in the financial sector? If so, what do they want to happen? What are they calling for? What are their ideas?

      • eric in ohio

        I have to agree with you on that one John. The reason I no longer support progressive movements or the OWS protesters is becuase no one from these groups can actually tell me what it is that they are progressing towards. It’s like they are all flying blind hoping they don’t crash into a mountain expecting everyone to blindly follow them.

    • Chuck Reeves

      LOL! Are you seriously oblivious to the fact that nearly every single piece written on this site is opinion oriented? I know progressives and reality aren’t on speaking terms, but geez…….

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    THE FIRE AND MAYHEM, BATTLES WITH POLICE, ATTACKS ON BANKS AND OTHER LUNACY IN EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST BELONG TO ONE PERSON OBAMA
    I GUESS HES REAL PROUD!!

  • Iklwa

    As with so many other things related to liberal, leftist, Marxist “movements”, facts, data, truth, reality, and the Constitution of the United States of America have little to do with the uproar. Feelings and emotions, more often than not misplaced, are the driving component of this group and other demonstrations like it.

    You have to take your hat off to the leftists of the 1960’s. They wanted to change the world so they got their diplomas and jobs within the education, media and government establishments. Then they began molding the next generations to their ideals.

    What we see now is a product of a long term plan coming to fruition.

    A large component of the indoctrination so well implanted rests upon a sense of self-worth, entitlement and victim-hood.

    It is too bad all of that time and energy could not have been focused on actually improving life in America.

  • shawn w

    notice the only one not brave enough to even leave a fake name.
    the welfare state is in it’s death throe’s.
    the average American sees that it’s unsustainable.

  • ???

    The Tea Party may have won the hearts of small minded, god bothering, backward thinking Americans but today OWS has gone global. So much for the “The ride’s about over.”..this is clearly just the beginning. It’s the already dwindling Tea Party’s time that is up.

    • John Daly

      Thanks for the comedy. I was having a rough morning and this cheered me right up. :)

  • Shirl

    Your analysis was perfect, John. Well put. The Flea Party, (as Ann Coulter dubbed them) are nothing more than an extension of the democrats trying to hang on to their ill-gotten power and greed. The entitlement crowd, wanting everything handed to them instead of earning it.

  • robin in fl

    you said this so well John.it seems as if anyone with a brain could see what is going on with this bunch of fools .i do enjoy watching them and laughing though,i must admit it.i just love when they are asked simple questions and have NO clue what to say and just start idiotic ramblings.basically they want it ALL and they want it NOW and they feel entitled to it and shouldn’t have to pay for it,just hand it to them. .Oh yes ,the world owes them a living and a perfect world without having to work for it.Then they woke up!

    • John Daly

      Thanks!

  • Nancye

    I think that even the Lame Stream Media will live to regret their embrace of these idiots “living” on Wall Street in their squalor. Surely even “they” will see their mistake.

  • Bob Weber

    Maybe I’m biased, but this seems like more of a mob than a movement. In the interviews I’ve seen, no one has a more coherent plan of action than overthrowing capitalism. One college professor attending a Denver protest talked about world wide revolution. He called his philosophy Trotskyism (rather than flat out Communism or Marxism)- a position which certainly won’t fly in the US.

    The Tea Party has been calm, peaceful and effective. They have elected a large number of candidates to the House of Representatives and have stymied the Republican leadership as well as Democrats. Somehow I doubt the Occupy movement will have that kind of success.

  • John In MA

    I agree the desperate and dishonest promotion of this OWS “thing” is an effort to make a counterpoint to the Tea Party. But the larger motivation is as you describe in final paragraphs. Once the president and his team made their class warfare reelection campaign obvious, the media and elected class became even more desperate for finding and promoting support. But there is very little energy, perhaps mostly due to the small numbers who really buy it. So they (media and elected class) are clinging onto this group, marginalizing the risky parts and promoting the parts that fit the narrative. The life of the “movement” will be artificially fed by this scheme. The hope is to give it enough longevity to survive until November next year. I’ll bet that even if (or when) it becomes purely antagonistic and trite, it will still be promoted this way. Not only is the creation of a counter-Tea Party something they crave, but they are so blatantly desperate for its longevity and have nothing else they can promote to achieve the same.