The Occupy Movement Is Protesting the SAME THING that the Founding Fathers Protested at the Boston Tea Party

The Occupy – And Original 2009 Tea Party – Movement Is Protesting the SAME THING that the Founding Fathers Protested at the Boston Tea Party

I noted yesterday:

The Founding Fathers hated big corporations. See this, this and this. They were as suspicious of big corporations as they were the monarchy. So they only allowed corporate charters for a very brief duration, in order to carry out a specific, time-limited project.

As James Madison noted:

There is an evil which ought to be guarded against in the indefinite accumulation of property from the capacity of holding it in perpetuity by…corporations. The power of all corporations ought to be limited in this respect. The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuses.

Indeed, while the Boston Tea Party was a revolt against taxation without representation, it largely centered on the British government’s crony capitalism – and disproportionate tax breaks – towards the East India Company, the giant company which dominated the tea market and hurt small American business.

Protesting against the government propping up today’s giant banks – who are ruining the chance for small businesses to have a fair chance at competing – is exactly the same idea.

As I’ve repeatedly noted, the “Tea Party” movement starting in 2009 was also originally centered on the protesting government bailouts of the giant banks. See this, this, this, this and this.

While it was quickly hijacked by the mainstream Republican party, Sarah Palin, Neocons and others, the Tea Party was originally an anti-crony capitalism, anti-corruption, anti-bank bailouts protest. As such, it really was originally modeled on the Boston Tea party.

No wonder – as I noted last month:

The Oath Keepers and a founding member of the Tea Party announced that they are supporting the current protests on Wall Street and against the Federal Reserve.

Another key founder of the Tea Party – Karl Denninger – also supports the protests, and points out that the demands of the Tea Party protesters were originally very similar to those of the Occupy protesters (before the mainstream Republican party co-opted the Tea Party) .

Numerous local tea party leaders, such as the leader for the Trenton area, also support the Occupy protests.

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  • tk

    big banks/corporations with their enforcers like Visa and MC are already acting against freedom minded citizens/companies: wikileaks, alertpay and endless array of unknown others whom are not “in line,” are simply shot down of total existence or on sidewalks of society by denying banking services: no need for courts, elections, or other show offs.

    only dumb sheep or banks’ dogs defend for Feds to stay private; those co called humans and their kids are deserved to be slaves for not using what God gave them – brains and logic.

  • Michael

    You know better. The original modern Tea Party movement began before 2009 and culminated across town from the 2008 Republican Convention, as the first REAL national Tea Party gathering, Ron Paul’s “Rally for the Republic”, with close 10,000 in attendance.

    This “Rally” threaten the establishment and was the trigger that put the “hijacking” into overdrive.

    Unless you were joking with “2009”.

    Great work as usual.

    • EddieW

      Will thse lies ever stop???? These “occuppiers” are leftists and Liberals, many are hard hit by the recession, and have never had to suffer a little…They think the government should protect and care for them from cradle to grave…No independance for these guys! They should be taken to FEMA camps where they can be taken care of by government!!
      They have had their own way for so long, they think they have a a”right” to it! Time for them to GROW UP!!! Gotta learn to stand on their own two feet!! No more silver spoon in their mouths!

      • Peter Bernhardt

        Really, Eddie? That’s what OWS is about? Really? It might be refreshing to hear the truth about the composition of this movement were it no so thoroughly dubious.

        But do tell us, how have you suffered and managed to pull yourself up by the bootstraps? What was your epiphany? Where are your Horatio Alger bona fides?

  • robertsgt40

    Of course the protests are the same. It was the same tribal central bank then. Today, it’s the same…just ten generations removed.

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  • cecilbdmim

    The Tea Party was founded as a CIVIL movement in this country and has remained so. OWS is not civil and frankly wasn’t founded on the principle of a civil protest. OWS is founded on “might makes right and we ‘re going to show you our might!” Civility is a grace, a virtue, a principle of freedom loving peoples! OWS is trying through this aticle to co-op the Tea Party just the same way the article suggests that the Republicans have. The Republicans have not co-opted the Tea Party! Republicans are far enough to the left making that impossible at this juncture in history.

    • Peter Bernhardt

      Sometimes I have to wonder if some people have a single living brain cell.

  • John

    I am neither a extreme leftist or rightist. I like the idea behind the original Tea Party, the current Tea Party and the OWS movement. Do I need to grow up? Maybe the idea of democracy and the right to dissent is just for kids. By the way I don’t think the original Tea Partiers were “civil”. Maybe I am an uncivil kid? An older one at that. Long live the Republic.