To The Herald-Whig:
T.E.A. stands for taxed enough already. Occupy means to be there. Most of the occupiers are not sure why, but they show up sort of like a flash mob.
The tea party movement can be compared to the Boston Tea Party. The occupy movement can be compared to the sit-in of the 1960's, but inspired by the Arab spring movement.
Tea partiers believe in the U.S. Constitution, American uniqueness, free enterprise and less government spending. Occupiers believe in being angry for fun and attention. Tea partiers are against government interference and excessive taxation. Occupiers are against banks and corporations; inequality of wealth. They want money.
The symbols of the tea party are American flags, patriotic clothing and tea bags. Occupiers use red communist flag, masks and fire.
Members of the tea party are mostly employed or retired American patriots. By contrast, occupiers are mostly college students, unemployed or under-employed. I understand some have actually quit their jobs so they can protest and believe in the teachings of communists and socialists.
Tea party rallies usually last 2-3 hours. They have to go to work afterwards. So far, the occupiers rally has lasted over a month. Total arrests at rallies for the tea partiers: 0 in 3 1/2 years. Occupiers: 345 and counting in 3 1/2 weeks.
When the media looks at the tea party movement, they are surprised that there are so many conservative, principled and peaceful Americans. But face it -- it's boring! So the media labels them racists, in hopes they will go away.
The occupiers are great for the media's ratings. They can't get enough of the freak show and have even called them to give them tips to get more coverage.
The law-breaking occupiers of city parks across the country are most definitely not, in any way, similar to law-abiding members of the tea party, regardless of what the press or current administration would like to portray.