Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party Movement

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“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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