Anyone actively involved in the Tea Party movement today believes that government is the foremost biggest problem when it comes to Americaâ€™s vast decline in wealth, prestige, and the perpetuation of its own values. Not only would all, yes all, actively involved members believe that government was the singular biggest problem; many would also agree the subsequent problems are far behind. Whether this is Wall Street, Islamofascism, or the Occupy Movement.
There are 537 members of the federal government; 1 President, 1 Vice-President, 100 Senators and 435 members of the House of Representatives. The population of the United States is well over 300 million. A rather pitiful consideration when one thinks of the huge amount of power vested in such the small population of politicians.
Of course, of the 300 million many sympathize with the 537. Somehow, they convince themselves that if only this handful of politicians were given enough power, whatever agenda they wish to push on others will be realized. Despite the naivety, this portion of the 300 million are mostly apathetic to present day events and content with simple validation; expelling only enough time to check a few boxes every few years in the voting booth.
Equally as evident, of the 300 million many are skeptical of the 537. Although these members of society are mostly part of the solution, many are also apathetic to present day events and content with simple validation; expelling only enough time to check a few boxes every few years in the voting booth.
Then, there are the rest of us.
We are the forces that recognize there is in fact a problem. We comprise the members of the Tea Party and the Occupy Movement.
Admittedly, there are fewer members of the Occupy Movement that believe the source of Americaâ€™s problems rest mainly with the government. Yet their simple recognition of a problem and the desire to go out and do something about it make the movement a valuable resource.
For this reason, so many of the 537 tried to stake claim to the Occupy Movement. As cited by ABC News, Nancy Pelosi stated "I support the message to the establishment,â€œ no doubt in an attempt to endear herself to the Occupy Movement.
The same article cites President Obama stating that, "The protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works." One can add to this list Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Charlie Rangel, Kirsten Gillibrand and others, all in an attempt to usurp the Movementâ€™s momentum and eventual votes. Such attempts were also made by the Republican establishment, most notably by the â€œTea Party Express,â€ an opportunistic attempt which will either fail on its own or fail by killing its host, the genuine Tea Party.
Overtime though, sentiment has shifted for the Occupy Movement. One occupy protester took a shot at the White House. Prominent members of the Occupy Movement have noted they are not in the pocket of the Democratic Party, as is often the sentiment of the Tea Party Movement in relation to the Republican Party. In a Huffington Post Article, Marsha Spencer, an Occupy volunteer in New York and Tim Franzen, a spokesman for Occupy Atlanta, both show little regard for both parties. Franzen was quoted as saying, "The Occupy movement is rooted in the idea that the political system is broken to such a degree that we can no longer work through the Republican or Democratic parties."
It is hard to imagine that those of the 537 do not understand the threat the two movements are to their monopoly on power. Yet, of course, it is impossible to know what is in the hearts and minds of people, or what actions they may consider to maintain their power. Nevertheless, there is no question that when a threat exists to what one wants, it is better if those threats oppose each other than oneself.
Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War states, â€œBy discovering the enemy's dispositions and remaining invisible ourselves, we can keep our forces concentrated, while the enemy's must be divided.â€ Dividing opposition and then giving cause for the two sides to oppose each other than to work cooperatively whenever possible is an age old tactic that works.
Are most of the members of the Occupy Movement young? Yes.
Are most of the members of the Occupy Movement naive? Yes.
Have they acted young and naÃ¯ve? Yes.
Yet they see a problem and the care enough to do something about it, albeit at times in a childish and sometimes criminal fashion. Although the two movements may never see eye to eye, it would behoove both sides to focus on the real problem. Not doing so only empowers the real contributors to our societyâ€™s decline, a convenient distraction for those who need it most.
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