Tea Party Sparked by Bank Bailouts Before Hijacked, Welcome to Occupy Wall Street!
One of the fictions now pushed by the Powers That Be who promote divisions is that Occupy Wall Street is somehow the "Tea Party of the left" and somehow fundamentally opposed. This completely forgets that the whole reason the Tea Party took off was outrage over the bail-outs of Wall Street and GM, before the Republican establishment got its hooks in and began steering the conversation to things IT wanted to get rid of to balance the budget, like Medicare and Social Security.
Some of the most active citizen lobbying against the bailouts came from the powerful ALIPAC, the anti-illegal immigration group which was making Republican politicians quiver in their shoes across the country. In its announcement "No More Power and Money for Government Failures! ALIPAC Opposes Wall Street Bail Out" ALIPAC said:
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is launching their activists in opposition to the rubber stamp legislation offered to Congress requiring American taxpayers to shoulder the burden for government failures and lawless behavior in the markets.
"We the People of America must not reward our government with more money and power for failure, as we did after 9/11," says William Gheen. "Otherwise, we have created a grand political and financial incentive for failure that will be repeated many times in the future."
ALIPAC is opposing the bailout of Wall Street with taxpayer debt because of the scale of the costs, the radical restructuring of governmental power, and the fact the Bush administration is seeking Amnesty for potential suspects who are at fault for the financial meltdown.
"Instead of a bail out, we need immediate investigations, prosecutions and seizures of assets of any American or foreign business leaders who have violated laws and we need to hold politicians in DC and regulators accountable. No Amnesty for illegal aliens or Wall Street robber barons!"
ALIPAC deployed its members in a full court press call campaign to congressmens' offices to stop the ripping off of the American taxpayer, but finally tasted defeat after being used to getting its way in many states on illegal immigration.
And in a review of John O'Hara's “A New American Tea Party: The Counterrevolution against Bailouts, Handouts, Reckless Spending, and More Taxes,” NewsMax reports that a moment on Feb. 19, 2009 began it all.
Author John H. O’Hara traces the tea party movement back to the day CNBC correspondent Rick Santelli made his now famous call to arms against more irresponsible bailouts of failed companies and mortgage holders.
“Rick Santelli got up on the floor at the Chicago Board of Trade and started talking about the moral hazard of the government bailing out irresponsible corporations and individuals," O'Hara recalls.
“It really became a rallying cry for folks at the grassroots level to say, ‘Hey, we’re not going take this anymore. We are going to stand up and make our voices heard.”
What happened next is well-known. Recognizing a growing force in American politics, the Republican establishment sent Sarah Palin and other known quantities to become keynote speakers at Tea Party gatherings, while talk radio subtly twisted the message to the point that Tea Party members were talking more about eviscerating their own entitlements than Walls Street's, under the guise of budget discipline.
Most Tea Party members did not buy it and the grass roots nature of the movement withered away, but the re-branding was successful.
It is now vitally important to the 1% which owns fully one-third of Americas wealth to portray the Tea Party as the diametric opposite of Occupy Wall Street, in an attempt to divide people who basically agree on some very important issues. The strategy to divide is along lines which have been tried and proven since the Vietnam War. Rather than report that Vietnam protesters in many cases were actually citing the Constitution which prohibits undeclared war, the media got busy focusing on their manners and dress. They were jobless, unpatriotic malcontents with no purpose in life but to gather to object to their brothers and sisters being slaughtered in foreign rice paddies. Camera angles always highlighted the kids in headbands and beads, not the grandmothers marching right alongside them.
A brilliant piece on movement hijacking has been circulating the Internet, by "vaslittlecrow."
Open letter from former Tea Partier to Occupy Wall Street protesters
I don't expect you to believe me. I want you to read this, take it with a grain of salt, and do the research yourself. You may not believe me, but I want your movement to succeed. From a former tea partier to you, young new rebels, there's some advice to prevent what happened to our now broken movement from happening to you. I don't agree with everything your movement does, but I sympathize with your cause and agree on our common enemy. You guys are very intelligent and I trust that you will take this in the spirit it is intended.
I wish I could believe this Occupy Wall Street was still about (r)Evolution, but so far, all I am seeing is a painful rehash of how the government turned the pre-Presidential election tea party movement into the joke it is now. We were anarchists and ultra-libertarians, but above all we were peaceful. So, the media tried painting us as racists. But when that didn't work they tried to goad us into violence. When that failed, they killed our movement with money and false kindness from the theocratic arm of the Republican party. That killed our popular support.
I am sharing these observations, so you guys know what's going on and can prevent the media from succeeding in painting you as violent slacker hippies rebelling without a cause, or from having the movement be hijacked by a bunch of corporatists seeking to twist the movement's original intentions. If you think this can't happen, it happened to the Independence Party and the tea party movement. Don't let it happen to your movement as well.
Here's how they turned our movement into a bunch of pro-corporate Republican party rebranding astroturf, and this is how I predict they are turning your movement into a bunch of pro-corporate Democratic party rebranding astroturf. I believe many of these things are already happening, so take note.
1- The media will initially and purposely avoid covering your dissenting movement to cause confusion about what your movement is about within mainstream audiences. This is to enrage you and make you appear unreasonable, and perhaps even invisible.
2- While the obfuscation is happening, corporatists/government stooges will infiltrate and give superficial support, focus and financial backing to the targeted movement...
3-The media will cover the movement only after this infiltration succeeds..
4- Someone in the Democratic Party will feign sympathy for the movement and falsely "non-partisan" entities provide tons of funding and unwanted organization, just as was done with the tea party movement by Republicans. Once people assume that the government operatives are their friends, the government will hijack the movement and the threat of your movement will be neutralized.
If this new Occupy Wall Street movement is to survive, here's what needs to be done.
1- Loudly denounce violence and disavow the violent rabblerousers of the movement. They do not help the cause.
2- Be image conscious. Present your best face and call out those who act like fools within the movement. People are more likely to pay attention to you in your Sunday dress and bringing homemade food, than when you are drinking a bottle of Snapple and chomping on Big Macs while you are looking like a slacker rich hipster/unwashed hippie stereotype.
3- Accept that you've already been infiltrated by the government, and work hard to say, and state what your movement is and is not about. "No, this isn't about unions or Liberals, conservatives or bored spoiled brats. This is about 99% of our population being exploited and manipulated for the sake of profit." "No we will not resort to violence." "Yes, all we want is for for the end of government collusion with corporate entities that are illegitimately recognized as people." And, so forth...
4- Don't forget who you are as the illusions are thrown at you. Corporatists are masters of illusions. That's the most powerful weapon they have. That's how they sell products you don't need...
5- Remain independent and focused. If you can, pick a face to represent your movement. Rosa Parks wasn't just a random lady in a bus -- She was chosen. You too can use the power of illusion against those who oppose you.
I wish your movement better luck than we had with the tea party movement before it got hijacked by the theocrats and corporatists. We used to be non-partisan too. We were the older version of you. But, I believe that as the media apparatchik and infiltrators start to twist your cause, you will understand the frustration us early adopter tea partiers felt and that we were not your enemy after all. A fascist oligarchy on the verge of winning is our common enemy. This should be your focus. Don't be dazzled by the illusion as we were. For the sake of our future, know who you are.
The sheep herders will augment media misrepresentations with prodding questions to seal the division like "What is the difference between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street?" You can recognize them because only differences will be their focus, not commonalities. Pay no attention. The establishment is frightened, and rightly so, when members of the military are openly proclaiming that they will defend the people's right to peaceably assemble.
On behalf of Occupy Wall Street, to Tea Partiers and former Tea Partiers, I say: We welcome you! Come meet us. We bath. We clean up after ourselves. We're friendly!
The True Tea Party:
Viral Occupy Wall Street poster