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No, Gannett, the Tea Party and Occupists Have Nothing in Common

My gracious, so many members of the Make Believe Media keep trying to make this idea stick, yet never seem to seal the deal….

Frustration with the government’s response to the Great Recession has given birth to two movements – the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street – that share some important elements.

“Historically, I would describe them both as being populist movements,” said Richard Fleisher, a political science professor at Fordham University in the Bronx. “Whereas the Tea Party is right-wing populism, the Occupy Wall Street movement takes on the form of left-wing populist.”

With the due regard one should afford the Fordham prof’s expertise in such matters, that determination of his is, at best, outrageously banal, if not downright Meggy McCain-level idiotic.

Fleisher also sees “a reemergence into politics of the more radical elements” of both the right and the left that had been dormant.

Well the radical lefties are well represented among the Occupy crowd (a quick scroll through YouTube provides ample evidence), but where–better yet, what–are the “radical elements” found in the Tea Party’s crowd? The Tea Party message is pretty simple: the Federal government is out of control, and has grown more rapacious and intrusive than ever imagined by the Framers when they created the Constitution. It needs to be reined in, and set back to the limited, enumerated powers granted it in that document.

What’s “radical” about that?

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