We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Wall Street protesters want to be biggees benefiting from being above the law of the US and the laws of economics.
The Wall Street protesters and the Tea Party protesters have something in common, a revolt against the biggees each see as taking unfair advantages. The primary difference is that the Tea Party is opposed to the extra-constitutionality of liberal politicians in league with crony capitalists profiting each other at the expense of taxpayers, while the Wall Street protesters base is for more extra-constitutionality to expropriate for themselves the advantages garnered by all those profiting from free enterprise.
Tea Partiers want to keep the products of their labor and earnings, while the Wall Street protesters want government to redirect the products of others’ labor and earnings to themselves and causes of their allies.
Demographically, the Tea Partiers come from the middle-class who have more practical experience of the world, while the Wall Street protesters come almost entirely from the privileged white young people with relatively little real world experience.
Musically, the Tea Partiers have popular anthems of patriotism to enliven the reach of their cultural message, while the Wall Street protesters lack popular music with political themes. (This is a distinct and telling difference from the 1960s.)
Politically, the Tea Partiers have protested peacefully and within the law, while the Wall Street protests break laws and inconveniencethe public. This alienates rather than enlists support.
PRwise, the Tea Partiers had to overcome major media’s reluctance to provide them coverage and its trumpeting of false charges from the left, while the mostly liberal major media have almost instantly favorablyor neutrally headlined the Wall Street protesters.
The question is whether the tilt of the major media facing the alternative media will succeed in hiding these differences from most Americans. I doubt it. The liberal-tilting major media is itself seen as an out-of-touch and fading biggee. The support from public-employee unions with privileges above those in private business, the usual few extreme-leftist members of Congress, and from the usual rich far-left Hollywood celebrities just reinforces the perception of the usual leftist biggees wanting to lord it over taxpaying Americans. The Wall Street protesters and their leftist allies in media like to call themselves the 99%, kiddee columnist Ezra Klein sophistically asserting they want to see “the fundamental bargain of our economy – work hard, play by the rules, get ahead -- … restored.” Instead, they are the small minority who are or who want to be the 1%, exhibit little respect for the “rules” or virtues and rewards of free enterprise, demanding to “get ahead” with government-provided privileges.
Then why aren't they protesting for a streamlining of regulation and reduction in fees for the creation of businesses. Businesses that would allow them to escape from under the thumb of the corporate masters. The lowering of governmental costs in starting a business would reduce the power of banks and financiers in creating opportunities in the economy.
Instead we see the call for more regulation and governmental interference.
I wonder if the Tea Party would embrace such changes?
We are governed by the admirers of Mao (Obama and his 'Christmas' ornaments), entertained by the admirers of Castro and Chavez (too many Hollywood types to list), and educated by the admirers of Che (too many academics to list). They don't even bother to conceal it. In my town, in the last election, the Democrat Party flew in its precincts, not the USA flag, but the flag of Castro's Cuba.Pundits declare Communist China a model for America (Friedman); governors wish to rule without elections (Perdue); bankers wish for the same democracy as in China (Orszag). Eighty years of Socialism; eighty years of the 'regulatory state'; eighty years of educational innovation have transformed America. My ancestors replaced a republic with a democracy and democracy with socialism. Each step of way they praised evil as though it were good; they warred on human nature; they believed in wraiths of Marxist economics, history, and politics. The fusion of the Communist and Democrat parties, underway since the 1930s is complete. They are ready to govern openly, and they will. Who will stop them? Palin? Cain? Bloggers? Voters?
Even if the Republicans won 100% of the House and Senate and won the presidency, all of the Democrat party, all the media, all the academics will be against them. And in these 80 years, the Republicans have never lifted one finger to reverse these trends. Not when they held the House and Senate and presidency (Reagan promised to abolish the Department of Education--it's still here). Not when they held the House and the danger was manifest, that is: now (the House has continued to vote funds for Obamacare, endless wars, and every bureaucracy).
“the fundamental bargain of our economy – work hard, play by the rules, get ahead -- … restored.”
Guess globalization has finally hit the children of the middle class. Actually, this was never the rule of our economy...it was sometimes the rule of certain companies who more or less guaranteed lifetime employment to a skilled workforce. That evaporated in the 70's: many of these companies, under the strain of foreign competition, realizing that their union contracts and defined benefit pensions were going to kill them.
When you are competing work-wise and job-wise with the motivated third world, it must really suck to finally realize how non-unique and un-special you really are. Poor little darlings! Perhaps you could sue your parents and teachers for malpractice. You've been educated into irrelevance.
Here's the real fundamental bargain of the economy... work hard, work hard, work hard, ... and if you get lucky or at least avoid making too many big mistakes, your government might let you keep enough of what you've earned to have a reasonably comfortable life. If they can tax it, they can take it, and if they can take it, it was never really yours. And be prepared to re-model yourself and your career a couple of times. Nobody really wants to pay you for your opinions; most work involves exchange of sweat and time for money.