The thing that makes the Tea Party so execrable, so foul and unpalatable and disingenuous, is that it was built by FOX News using FOX News money and directed by FOX News executives. It started as astroturf, as a simulacrum of grassroots, and after it reached a critical mass of people duped into believing they were fighting for lower taxes for everybody, the movement picked up steam.
Once it reached that point, the rebranding of the Party of the Rich, the nuttier end of the Republicans, was complete. Then, suddenly, fighting for lower taxes for the richest of the rich became populist and popular amongst the poorest of the poor, and all the attendant evisceration of rights and protections and social programs that comes with it was successfully camouflaged behind the Tea Party’s populist rhetoric. Convincing people to vote against their best interests isn’t easy, but it is when you have a wholly misinformed electorate.
So it heartens me to see that the Occupy Wall Street movement is, in fact, grassroots in the truest sense. Real people, the 99%ers who are really affected by the destruction of the social framework that helps keep money flowing throughout the US economy, are taking to Wall Street to protest the fact that the top 1% of the country owns most of the wealth. The simple fact is that Wall Street pretty much drives this disparity by keeping politicians in its pockets. And meanwhile, the media has blacked it out, so every inch taken by the Occupy Wall Street movement has been taken in direct opposition of the media machine.
The lower and middle class, the true drivers of the economy, have never had a smaller slice of the pie. And the rich have never been richer. Income disparity has never been greater, and with greater income disparity, comes greater misery and economic stagnation. One would think that if the rich want to stay rich and to keep making profits, the simplest way to cure the economic downturn is to fix that disparity. So why is the media ignoring this movement?
For the same reason FOX coopted CNBC’s Rick Santelli’s fiscal rant where he suggested making a new tea party in Chicago, and Cavuto and Beck funded the first Tea Party rallies to the point where they would self-sustain. The media is complicit in the current economic state. They don’t want income disparity to change — they benefit materially from keeping the current financial hegemony in place. But only in the proximate. And they don’t even realize that their overarching greed is what’s causing the very economic downturn we’re seeing, which will destroy their long-term returns utterly.