Then those swept into office under the Tea Trend went to Washington and stopped the slow economic recovery dead in its tracks by threatening to shut down government on multiple occasions, turning debt into the issue of the day rather than jobs, and forcing an economic downgrade the U.S. has never seen, all because of an extreme hatred of the president masked as “fiscal conservativism.”
The Occupy Movement Could Do More Than Elect People
It’s generally accepted by the GOP and their allies that Wall Street trading had nothing to do with the 2008 economic downfall. Instead, they often find themselves blaming a host of boogeymen: the then-Democratic Congress, Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, President Clinton, President Barack Obama and the “losers” who got the shaft on their home loan.
But Wall Street did start this mess. And they were able to do so because of 30 years dedicated to dismantling Great Depression- era bank regulations. If the Occupy protests can get this message across to voters the way Tea Partiers got the “Obama is a fascist” mantra into peoples’ heads, that could mean trouble for the GOP in 2012.
“I think when people say they’re the 99 Percent,” says Robin, “they’re reclaiming that we’re all in this together and it’s really just this small minority that’s [destroyed the economy]. It reminds me of the way gays and lesbians have reclaimed the word ‘queer.’ We’re all in debt and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s not our fault. It’s an economy that’s built on debt and subsidized by debt, and there needs to be a new way of organizing things.”
As the Occupy movement has proceeded, the liberal and conservative causes have overlapped on several fronts, including their shared abilities to take over the Internet with their messages, “occupy” the headlines and infuriate the other side. They both think they’re essentially the civil rights movements of the 21st century, too.