By Tom Quiner
I’ve heard that the “Occupy Wall Street” ladies and gentlemen call for a $20 minimum wage, free college, open borders, and seizure of assets (via taxation) of America’s productive sector (aka corporations).
Vice President Biden compares this movement with the Tea Party Movement.
Perhaps he’s right. Both call for a radical change in America.
The Tea Partiers want a return to the American of our Founding Fathers.
The Occupy Wall Street crowd want us to veer even more sharply toward Marx.
The Tea Partiers believe in limited government. The OWS crowd believe in a limited marketplace.
Tea Partiers call for secure borders, OWS call for no borders.
I’d guess that both groups denounce crony capitalism, but that only the Tea Partiers denounce crony Big Government.
Tea Partiers believe people should be paid what they’re worth, while OWS believes people should be paid what they need, regardless of their worth.
Tea Partiers believe in fundamental rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. OWS believes in the pursuit of happiness, and others’ lives and liberties be damned.
An American president once said, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” I’d guess that every Tea Partier in American would agree, and that not a single OWS member would concur.
Tea Partiers don’t want anything other than a government that is accountable to the people, one that lives within its means. It’s all about what’s best for America.
For the OWS, it’s all about them.
Nancy Pelosi characterized Tea Partiers as “un-American” folks who were carrying “swatiskas.” But when it comes to the OWS crowd, she says “God bless them.”
The president and vice president have both expressed their sympathy for this group.
The lines are drawn in the sand. Let us hope the Tea Party prevails.