“They’re both populist, grass-roots, anti-Washington movements, determined to challenge conventional wisdom and the powers that be,” according to the Washington Times. “But for veterans of the 2-year-old tea party movement, the parallels to the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement now occupying the media spotlight end right there.
“Tea party leaders are openly rejecting attempts to liken the Occupy Wall Street protest to their movement, saying that the two groups are heading in opposite directions.
“While tea partyers say they yearn for the nation to return to its founding principles, Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, one of the largest such groups in the nation, said the Occupy protesters in New York, Washington and other cities across the country ‘severely dislike our country’s founding principles.’
‘We’re a country founded, from an economic system point of view, on free-market capitalism,’ Mr. Meckler said. ‘These folks are intensely offended by free-market capitalism.’
“Judson Phillips, outspoken leader of Tea Party Nation, agreed, accusing the ‘mainstream media’ of being ‘in the tank for the Occupy Wall Street crowd’ and spinning the fledgling leftist protests in a positive light.
‘The left has been dreaming of its own version of the tea party for the last 2 [1/2] years,’ Mr. Phillips said. ‘If America was given a true picture of the [Occupy Wall Street] crowd, support for it would fade faster than the Philadelphia Eagles’ chances for the Super Bowl.’
“But Amy Kremer, head of the Tea Party Express, said the two groups do have one thing in common: Both are strongly against corporate welfare and the bailout of the banks in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.”
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