Tea Party Vs. Occupy Wall Street Movement

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Over the course of the past 5 years, there has been a rise of two political movements in the United States. These two movements are the “Tea Party” and “Occupy Wall Street Movement”. Although both movements stemmed from the frustration towards over our politics and society, each of these movements has completely different ideological beliefs. The frustrations are deeply linked to the lack of respect from the United States government for two key principles of our country; liberty and equality. The Tea Party movement is conservative and concerned about liberty, and the Occupy Wall Street movement is liberal and concerned about equality of American people. In the past, populist movements in the United States have risen in response to economic…show more content…
In an overview, they express hostility towards big government, big business, big national debt, and big taxes. Their beliefs are surrounded upon the Constitution. “The constitution is a timeless document that guarantees our basic freedoms” (Tea Party Patriots). They claim to support all personal freedoms, as long as no harm comes to others or take away rights from other American people. The Tea Party movement believes no American President, Democrat, nor Republican should ever go beyond the Constitution, regardless of the issue at hand. Neither person nor issue can ever precede the Constitution, because it is the basis of the American people and their rights. They claim the government has become too powerful, and have lost connection with the American people that they are supposed to represent. Ideologically, the Tea Party movement believes in complete freedom and individual rights because freedom is what this country is based upon, and without freedom our country is restricted and American people and society as a whole will not be able to grow. They have received hateful ridicule from many socialists and leftists but the Tea Party has stood their post and will not stop despite any criticism. One major goal of this group is not to be defined by calamities in their lives but to pick up the pieces and keep moving forward (“Tea Party-join”). Throughout its reign of political influence, the Tea…show more content…
This movement is a people powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s financial district (“Occupy Wall Street”). There is no definite or defined leader, but it is a leaderless movement that is said to have no projected outcomes or bottom line. By showing there is no hierarchical system, it made many Americans feel they were part of the new rebellion (“What is Occupy Wall Street?”). It has quickly spread to 100 cities in the US and 1,500 cities globally. It has grown due to the fact that the occupy groups use a consensus process where anyone is able to join into the decision making process (“What is Occupy Wall Street”). The origins of this movement came from the idea of people coming together to protest injustices in our economic and political systems. Also, historical events have added to the Occupy Wall Street movements. There have been various movements similar to this one in the past. Feminist movements in the 70’s and more recently gay rights have both impacted American life (“What is Occupy Wall Street”). They have coined the phrase, “We are the 99%.” as well as, “We are all leaders”. The people of the Occupy Wall Street movement will not tolerate the corruption and greed of the
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