“You say you want a revolution/Well, you know/ We all want to change the
world.” Revolution by the Beatles spoke to an entire world audience in 1968; an American
audience. Forty-three years later, two generations are metaphorically speaking the same
tune. The Tea Party movement began in the summer of 2009.The Occupy Wall Street
movement was motioned by the Canadian activist group, Adbusters, and officially began
on September 17, 2011. Protesting of these groups are the result of countless intrusions
of the United States government and the unequal justice of the corporations that run the
capitalist market. The Tea Party movement mainly consists of middle-aged members that
largely identify themselves as Republicans. On the other hand, Occupy Wall Street does
not have a specific age group but does have a large collection of college aged members.
The two movements could not more different, but they do share some ideas on the
troubles that are plaguing the United States.
In the 1960s through the 1970s the American people were activity either
supporting or protesting American presence in Vietnam. Riots, peaceful sit-ins and
musical concerts roamed the United States. Present-day; activism for change roams the
land. Differences in the cause of the activism does not mean less of it. The Tea Party’s
protesting is an organized, day-long event that legally obeys the law and enforcers. The
Tea Party event gathers numerous supporters and gains momentum through the tactics of
organization . The Occupy Wall Street movement is nationally and worldly known for its
spontaneous creation of tent cities and general assemblies. Both groups are wanting to
bring the attention of their cause to the public and start a national/world-wide response.
In any way the public’s attention will be gather and is gathered; the American government
and “big business” is facing a new voice, a voice of the minimum wage employee and the financially starving citizen.
The disagreement of governmental regulation of the economic situation provoked
the creation of the Tea Party. Keli Carender blogged her opinions on the current dilemma
of the economic and political aspects of the United States. In February of 2009, Carender
created a rally in Seattle that gain attention of 150 people. The next week, the sized
increase nearly by double, 300 people. Six weeks later 1200 people attended the
rally(Zernike) It was becoming clear that her intentions on rallying against the wrongs of
the nation and gathering people to issue a solution, were going to work.
The Tea Party is an activist group that is for the limitation of governmental power
and constitutionalism. It is a response to political and/or economic crisis, the financial
crisis of 2008 and the result of a deep recession. “The Tea Party emerged in large part as a
response by conservatives and libertarians to the Obama Administration’s various
initiatives to expand federal spending and regulation, especially the 2009 Stimulus Bill and
the 2010 Health Care Bill”(Samin 5).
The Tea Partiers belief in constitutionalism regard them to advocate a limited
government, giving more power to the single individual. The Tea Party “is the first such
movement in many years to focus its efforts primarily on limiting the power of the federal
government”(Samin 11). A goal of the party is the Repeal Amendment, which is the
process of having two-thirds of states repeal any federal statue or regulation(Samin 9).
With this enactment, a publicly opposed regulation would not be passed through. Another
largely supported item is the abolishment of the Seventieth Amendment. The Seventieth
Amendment is the election of Senators by popularity. Abolishing the amendment would
allow the state legislature to pick the Senators. Senators picked by state legislatures would...
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