Washington, D.C. – Today, Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler, co-founders of the Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, contrasted the tea party movement with the “Occupy Wall Street” protests in New York and other cities.

“For two years now, tea partiers have stood firmly on principle and helped shape the political debate in this country.  They believe in time-honored American values, principles and systems—including the freedom to innovate and employ people to implement and distribute one’s ideas to the public.  They believe freedom from government allows entrepreneurs to try new things, see what works and discard what doesn’t.  They don’t believe corporations are inherently evil, nor should bankers be beheaded.  They do not believe this country should be divided by class, but united in a return to the principles that undergird our nation’s success.  In fact, they want more of what made America great: more Constitutional restraint on government so that the people have more freedom to achieve the good things the country offers.

“By contrast, those occupying Wall Street and other cities, when they are intelligible, want less of what made America great and more of what is damaging to America:  a bigger, more powerful government to come in and take care of them so they don’t have to work like the rest of us who pay our bills.

“The tea party, meanwhile, was a spontaneous, organic and fast-moving movement, but it has maintained a cogent message:  a demand for fiscal responsibility in government.

“Tea party rallies have always been safe and clean.  Unlike in New York, we can find no reports of tea partiers being arrested, individually or en masse, at the thousands of tea parties across the country with millions of attendees that have taken place for years now.  They are not lawbreakers, they don’t hate the police, they don’t even litter.  A quick glance at the TV reveals the sharp contrast posed by the Wall Street occupiers.

“Yet the Leftist media cheers for a group of lawbreaking troublemakers who occupied a park in New York, blocked the Brooklyn Bridge, were arrested by the hundreds and treated law enforcement with disrespect and disdain—all while trying to tear down the foundations of the greatest nation on earth.

“Such a media response is expected.  But when you compare these people with tea partiers—now you’ve got a problem with We the People.”

Tea Party Patriots is a national grassroots coalition with more than 3,500 locally organized chapters and more than 15 million supporters nationwide.  Tea Party Patriots is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.  Visit Tea Party Patriots online at www.TeaPartyPatriots.org.

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