There is a narrative out there that the Tea Party and the 99%ers (Occupy Wall St.) crowd are basically the same phenomenon. The 99%ers are now extending invitations to the Tea Party to join their protests. Certainly both movements seem to have "organically" grown out of disgust for actions that favor the "1%" at the expense of everyone else. But looks are deceiving and that is where the similarity ends.
(1) The Tea Party's objectives have always been clear: downsize government, reduce government's influence on our every day lives, cut government spending and indebtedness, and make government follow the Constitution. The 99%ers? . . . It's not clear what they stand for other than whine that the "greedy" top 1% is responsible for all of their problems.
(2) While painted by the Main Stream Media and Democrat pundits as a group of rich old white Republicans, close examination of photos of events and scrutiny of news stories reveal the Tea Party as a diverse group of adults. (Locally, some of the organizers have been Democrats). . . The 99%ers, however, have been overwhelmingly white jobless college students or recent graduates carrying huge student-loan debts that they are unable to pay off, now being joined by Labor Union members.
(3) The Tea Party works within the system, using the tools provided by our system of government to effect change. It has achieved some success by getting more conservative candidates into office. The 99%ers are working to collapse the system and have created disruption.
(4) The Tea Party targets the source of many of our problems: the elected officials who control the government -- which controls us. The 99%ers target Wall St. even though Wall St. does not make the rules.
It is false that both movements are "organic." The Tea Party movement clearly is, having started with Rick Santelli's rant on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The 99%ers, on the other hand, have been orchestrated from day one, even though most of its members don't know it. (Followers of conservative media have known for months that these demonstrations were coming.)
To "Occupy Utica": Let your voices be heard on 10/13 -- but then, please, go home. All you will accomplish by camping 24/7 at the Busy Corner is sticking Utica with the cost of policing and protecting you, and later picking up after you.
Utica has enough issues to deal with without "Occupy Utica" adding more.
If you want change, be part of a solution, not a revolution: Work within the system.
9PM Update: Freedomworks has an interesting take on the difference between the Tea Party and the Occupy crowd. . . . And Utica Uprising has a completely different take on the Occupy Utica event.