America’s fork in the road: the Tea Party vs. the Occupy Movement

Posted by: Phineas on December 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Here’s a good video from Encounter Books and narrated by Bill Whittle on the choice the US faces in 2012 between two populist movements: the largely classical-liberal Tea Party and the progressive-and-further-Left Occupy movement (1). The video provides a clear and succinct summary of the deep philosophical differences between the two groups, and I think you’ll find the five or so minutes it takes to watch is time well-spent:

Every four years it seems people call the approaching election “the most important in our history,” and I admit I’ve become somewhat jaded to those claims. But there’s no doubting that the sequence of elections beginning in 2008 and perhaps climaxing in 2012 is very significant. In a process that began in 1980 with Reagan’s election and that continues to this day, the two parties are developing genuine (2) and serious ideological differences, as illustrated in the video.

It may not be the “most important election in our history,” but the choice is real and the repercussions will last for a long time.

(1) Although I kind of hesitate to call Occupy “genuinely populist,” given the heavy backing from Big Labor.
(2) And, in the interests of authenticity, may I suggest the Democrat Party stop holding their Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners? You’ve gone so far down the Social-Democratic road that Presidents Jefferson and Jackson would run screaming in horror. (Well, Jackson might draw a sword, instead…)

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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2 Responses to “America’s fork in the road: the Tea Party vs. the Occupy Movement”


  1. Tex says:

    Very well done, common sense explanation about the differences between Conservative and Liberal economic policy. If the Liberals want to see what America would look like if they have their way here in this country all they need to do is look at Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain today.

    Anyone with a milligram of common sense can see the Liberals way is a sure path to economic disaster far greater than the economic disaster this country has already faced.

  2. Carlos says:

    If anyone wants to know what this country would look like if liberals/socialists had permanent control, all they have to do is look at the #OWS movement nationwide. No direction, no meaning, and filth abounding.

    It’s not the life I would wish on my grandkids.