Two months ago, protesters began an “Occupy” movement in a number of cities across the country. The largest, and longest, protests have occupied New York City, Oakland and Portland. All these cities happen to have Democrat mayors.
Almost immediately after protesters occupied Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street, in New York City, President Obama spoke in support of the movement when he said, “… we understand their struggles and we are on their side.” That’s not surprising; much of his life was spent as a “community organizer” and protesting himself.
Former Speaker of the House (and Democrat) Nancy Pelosi also had strong words of support when she stated in October, “God bless them, for their spontaneity. It’s independent ... it’s young, it’s spontaneous, and it’s focused. And it’s going to be effective.” Numerous other Democrat members in Congress have also expressed support for the occupiers. Virtually none have denounced the movement.
But last week, even these Democrat mayors had had enough, and police moved in to clear the protesters out of their compounds. The encampments had become littered with trash, urine and fecal matter. Robberies and assaults were occurring with this lawless bunch — including multiple rapes. Across the country seven people associated with the movement have died; one was shot to death.
Contrast the “Occupy Movement” (supported by Democrats) to the Tea Party movement (supported by Republicans). Members of the Tea Party are law-abiding and believe in the U.S. Constitution and supports its protection. They believe that less government brings greater liberty and freedom for all.
The best example of their good neighbor behavior was the “9-12” demonstration in Washington, D.C. last September. The attendees were primarily Tea Party folks and conservative Republicans. Approximately 800,000 attended. The organizers paid their permit fees. There were no robberies, no assaults or rapes and for the most part, little trash was left behind. They were good citizens.
So, here’s the question on political support. Which party do you want representing you in Congress? The party which supported an unruly and rowdy bunch who trashed the places where they assembled? Or, the party which rejected the lawlessness of the occupiers and supports the law-abiding groups and good neighbors such as the Tea Party folks? I vote for law and order. Vote your choice next November.
Payson Tea Party