20 Oct
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Tea Party Leader: OWS Doesn’t Compare

Writes Mark Meckler, a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, in Politico today:

We are not lawbreakers, we don’t hate the police, we don’t even litter. A quick glance at the TV reveals the sharp contrast to the Wall Street occupiers.

In recent days, I’ve been repeatedly asked by reporters, “Does the comparison now being made in the media between the tea party and the Wall Street protesters bother you?”

My answer is an unequivocal: “Hell yes, it bothers me.”

It bothers me because it groups millions of patriotic tea partiers, who want to build America back up, together with a bunch of criminals who want to tear America down.

In March 2009, I was back in my hometown of Huntington, NY (on Long Island) attending a Mark Levin Liberty & Tyranny book signing at Book Revue.  There were 5,000, 6,000, 7,000 people lined up to meet “The Great One,” all concerned about the future of the country and about the course that the then young Obama administration had embarked.  Although not billed as a Tea Party event, in retrospect these ordinary citizens who turned out en masse (the crowd was apparently the largest the venue had ever seen, and they host former presidents) were, in essence, the Tea Party.  I met people of all ages, all decent and respectful, with one common cause: to steer the country back to its Constitutional heritage.

Nobody was pitching a tent; nobody was smoking a joint.  The streets were litter and excrement free.  There were no anti-Semitic posters, nor any hate or class warfare speech generally.  The fellow behind me in line was a lawyer who worked for a municipality, and there were business owners, parents and grandparents, and even a handful of children.  For over four hours I waited in line with the other patient Levin fans, and not one indecent incident occurred either on the sidewalk or in the bookstore.  All were friendly and motivated.

The comparisons of the Tea Party to OWS are ludicrous and insulting.  Governor Chris Christie and President Obama appear to be reading the same talking points.  Republicans who embrace the Tea Party are rewarded with votes and support, and rightly so – for the principles of good government are truly bipartisan.  Democrats and Republicans who embrace the radicals of OWS and compare these misfits to the Tea Party will have their reputation marred.

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