Occupy Wall Street vs. the Tea Party: A visual guide

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Full diagram below.
Editor's note: Much has been written over the past few days about similarities between Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party movement of a few years ago. Some, like Fox News, argue that the two are not the same thing, while others claim they may have more in common than first meets the eye. Cartoonist Kenny Be brings us this visual diagram, so you can determine just how much the Left side of the 99 percent has in common with the Right side of the 99 percent.

More Occupy Denver coverage: "John Hickenlooper: Occupy Denver protesters can't stay overnight, deciding how to evict them"

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bluetexan
bluetexan

You forgot to misspell some of the words on the tea party sign. 

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

I saw both at occupy Denver, side by side, with the same messages on their signs.  America has had enough Greed and corruption and we are pissed.  I know lots of tea party members with tatoos, and Occupy Denver protesters with 4 X 6 American flags.  The one thing they have in common is the anger, a lot of anger.

Jenny Hatch
Jenny Hatch

 I have spent quite a bit of time the past few weeks reading articles, watching videos, and listening to interviews with those political activists involved in the Occupy Wall Street Activism.

As a Colorado Tea Party organizer and Political Activist I believe in building bridges with anyone who reverences the Founding Documents of the USA and seeks to promote Freedom, Peace, and Prosperity.

The recent articles comparing and parsing the two movements have been an interesting juxtiposition...

As someone who organized, hosted meetings at my home, and spent many hours on the phone and emailing fellow tea party activists at both the state and national level I can assure readers that the one constant point of connection with all of us was an absolute LOATHING of Marxism, Socialism, Collectivism, Communism, and Statism in all of its varying degrees and forms.

The 9-12-09 Tea Party I organized was a Celebration of the Constitution of the USA and a Candlelight Vigil for Freedom. We began the event with a reading of the Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and The Declaration of Independence.

I was shocked and amazed to witness hundreds of Coloradans standing in the rain and cold listening and cheering during the hour long reading of the Constitution.

I had brought a few garbage bags to pick up trash after the party, but did not need to use them. I only picked up one cigarette butt on the Denver Capitol steps and since I saw no one smoking, figured it was probably already on the grounds before the party started.

If points of connection exists between OWS and the Tea Party, I have yet to see them. While both groups may be protesting the Political criminals in our midst, the remedy to the problem and the various solutions proposed seem to me to be polar opposite.

Marxism will never bring Prosperity and Freedom, much less Social Justice and equality.

To even imply that Tea Partiers would use and/or promote Collectivist tactics to achieve Economic Wellness in America is ridiculous and objectionable.

I support any group standing up to political tyranny in America, as long as they follow the law. But I heard yesterday that the hundreds of tents set up on a grassy plot of land at the Denver Capitol are being well tolerated by the police and the politicians even though such activities are illegal.

I have to question the willingness of police to allow such criminality.

Jenny Hatch WWW.JennyHatch.com

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electra weaver
electra weaver

your absolutely right, those people should go to their quaint little homes and hold a candlelight vigil for freedom, that would get alot done, that would get your attention, that would change something, just like you and your little old tea party did.

joe illingworth
joe illingworth

the greatest generation was my grandfather not these fools, and he was an iron worker that would've been one of the first and loudest voices protesting against the injustice of the system and the scapegoating of unions. he would've told the tea party to either give up their social security check or quit bitchin' about people living on the government dime. it's funny how everyone else is a moocher, but when you ask for something from the government, somehow you've earned it.

Ckzllc
Ckzllc

Tea party vs. Tiet Party as in sucking off of, and a total waste of space.  I mean the person not the flabby love pillow that is.

Sweetgeneboy
Sweetgeneboy

I think, in the end, the handful of truely powerful individuals in the world (and by truely powerful I mean, they who own everything and cannot be bothered by any sized peaceful gathering of people who obviously cannot even agree on why they are gathering in the first place) are amused and invite the comedic conversation of the subject at brunch. There will not be a peaceful revolution if real revolution is to happen. Even John Brown and The Founding Fathers , and hell, just about every revolutionary in history knew that. Even Ghandi and King had armed men surrounding them and their movement. We really look like a bunch of bloggin hippie victim turds or irrational militia tea party walmart billboards .Dont think for one second that those with real power are even minorly scaved. Youre a flea. Ok, a group of fleas(ooooo!) Get some venom, shut your mouth about obamacide/hitlerbush (bloods/crips, right hand/left hand,etc)rhetoric, and attack.......or get the fuck off the sidewalk so the rest of us can enjoy our slavery. Great article btw. I lold.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

-- so come envenom the fleas (although if we are to keep our mouths shut about the political scene, I'm not sure what we are supposed to be talking about, or who we should bite).  As far as commencing the attack, I think we should wait at least until we number in the thousands before launching one.  We could stand for many hundreds more people with some clue about civil disobedience to come to Lincoln Park on Saturday -- I really think that a mass movement of people shouting "Whose Streets?  Our Streets!" should be able to march in the street (rather than keeping to the sidewalk).

novenator
novenator

Having been to both, I have to say that the Occupy Wall Street protests are MUCH funner. 

Jmilnes2010
Jmilnes2010

Jesus people, Occupy Wall Street is the Protest to END THE FEDERAL RESERVE ACT, an unconstitutional amendment to give the Federal Reserve, a PRIVATE BANK, the exclusive power to print our money, which is supposed to be the Treasury's Job. The Federal Reserve is anything but Federal. Do your RESEARCH

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

I am a Jesus person but I know what this is about and I agree.  Many people say they are Jesus people but have never read the book.  Jesus threw out the money changers for a reason.

Ken Ward
Ken Ward

perhaps you should clue in the protesters.  In several interviews they continually provide conflicting messages about why they are there and what they want to see accomplished.  Your post is the first time I've heard any protest against printing money quoted.  Protesting the Fed Reserve printing our money is like protesting China for making rubber dog shit when there is so much real crap out there already.  Protest currency manipulation, statistical manipulation of our economic health reports to further private profiting, protest the idea that Bill Gates could make every person in America wealthy if he'd only start writing checks, but protest something that is cause, not symptom.

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

Tit for Tat, Everyone down there had different reasons, the tie that binds is a disgust for a greedy corrupt Govt.  That is worth protesting.  I am a 49 year old Mountain Mom who went and saw for myself because I don't trust the main stream media.  Maybe you should go see for yourself.  It is very different from what I was shown.  It was medical workers, Senior Citizens, College Students with huge college loans, people who have lost their jobs and homes.  It was just plain Americans with enough guts to put themselves on the line to expose the truth about our Govt. local and national.  The gig is up, who do you serve, God or money?

Anon
Anon

This is funny! And well drawn! But you forgot the firearm on the Tea Party activist.

dr. angelface
dr. angelface

there are plenty of 99%ers who have firearms at home, sweetcheeks. 

2busyworkin2whine
2busyworkin2whine

"there are plenty of 99%ers who have firearms in the wasteband of their pants right above their  sweetcheeks. " - FYP

Jjohnson
Jjohnson

and the misspelled sign.

Bobby Metzinger
Bobby Metzinger

Ridiculing our Greatest Generation? You wouldn't know what sacrifice and commitment was if it was tattooed on Janeane Garofalo's left tit. 

2busyworkin2whine
2busyworkin2whine

" You wouldn't know what sacrifice and commitment was if it was tattooed on Janeane Garofalo's left tit. " Most awesome quote ever.....lol

wyrob
wyrob

Bobby, are you completely unaware of the Silent Generation?

PublicParksarePublic
PublicParksarePublic

Most of the "Greatest Generation" is dead, and the vast majority of those still living are not part of the tea-party whackos. 

The day those geezing tea party whacktivists give up their medicare and social security is the day their "movement" goes from beyond bowel to legitimacy.  Sacrifice and commitment my ass.  That Power Scooter was purchased with medicare funds.

Eric
Eric

Triple P, your post is the post that should have made comment of the day.

Great job.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for the post, Bobby. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

Guest
Guest

who the fuck is Janeane Garofalo? oh yeah... who cares? 

RyanJohnSmith
RyanJohnSmith

Ridiculing our Greatest Generation? 

How so ?

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