Well, would you take a look at that? Apparently, Americans support Occupy Wall Street over the Tea Party. But that’s not how FreedomWorks sees it. No way are these people anything like the Tea Party. From Politico:
Brendan Steinhauser, campaigns director for FreedomWorks, evoked leaders of the civil rights movement in distinguishing the protests, saying the tea party’s tactics resemble those of Martin Luther King Jr., while the Occupy Wall Street protesters are more like Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael.
"They just seem really, truly very unhappy, angry," he said of the anti-corporate protesters. Tea partiers, on the other hand are for the most part "kind of cheerful, happy warriors," he said.
Yeah, I totally remember that one time that Martin Luther King Jr. said: “You know if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around?”
Oh, and this: “We have the chance to fight this battle at the ballot box before we have to resort to the bullet box. That’s the beauty of our Second Amendment rights… Our Second Amendment rights were to guard against tyranny.” Oh, that was Tea Partiers? Oops.
MLK supporters always open-carried, right? RIGHT?!
Geez, those Tea Party people… They’re so cheerful and happy, and not at all angry or appearing unhinged! They cheerfully tote semi-automatic weapons outside presidential speeches and happily use fluffy, fanciful comparisons meeting the criteria of Godwin’s Law - OFF the internet, no less.
The above chart is from ThinkProgress. An explanation:
The new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that Americans support the Occupy Wall Street protests by a two-to-one margin (37 percent in favor, 18 percent opposed) while more Americans view the Tea Party negatively (28 percent in favor, 41 percent opposed)…. A new Time Magazine poll found an even more positive results for Occupy Wall Street, showing 54 percent held a favorable view of the movement, compared to just 27 percent with a favorable view of the Tea Party.
Hmmm… sounds like these unhappy people are faring better than your cheerful warriors. I’m sorry, but to those calling this a liberal Tea Party, it’s just not. I’ve personally spoke with conservatives who support Occupy Wall Street and liberals who oppose it. We’ll see where the Occupy movement goes, especially in the next few weeks. So, uh, sorry to steal your thunder Tea Party?