America is undergoing a revolution. Two revolutions, to be exact.
One is made up of hardworking families who believe that what matters — or should matter — are their good efforts, minimal government intrusion in their lives, and a fair but free enterprise system that incentivizes small businesses and doesn't countermand that incentive by imposing a burdensome tax liability.
The other revolution is made up of people who believe that both government and those who are successful in life owe them something; that the United States should be a nation of equitable distribution, and not one of free enterprise. Sadly, the polling tells me that these two nations within one are meeting in the middle. They don't share beliefs, but they are sharing similar frustrations.
A president with a class-warfare mindset has joined with the likes of some predictable people and organizations that typically benefit from economic envy. They have set the stage for a growing uprising of frustrated people who now occupy Wall Street and other cities in America.
This strange collection of multicolored hair, anti-everything signs, and demands for a basic redistribution of the nation's wealth is gaining more momentum, thanks at least in some measure to a sucker press.
This is the same media that for so long refused to recognized another movement of frustrated Americans, the tea party, until many months and countless rallies into it.
Here is the problem: These two entirely different movements want completely different "revolutions." The Wall Street protesters want, at the least, President Barack Obama and his redistribution of America's wealth returned to the fore of public policy. At the worst, they want a genuine revolution, hoping that frustration turns to anarchy. They set up a warren of tents, leave behind piles of garbage, and in some cases engage in threatening or even violent behavior.
On the other hand, the tea party groups bring their folded chairs, patriotic hats and their young kids to public assemblies. They gather peacefully, have their say — and clean up after themselves.
Sounds like they have nothing in common. But they do.
They've all been left without a pot to pee in, if you'll pardon the expression, by a Bush administration that let spending get totally out of control and saw plenty of friends and lobbyists get filthy rich off cozy connections instead of hard work.
Then "The Accelerator" arrived on the scene. President Obama wants to tax the rich, but more, he wants to use some of that tax money to feather the nests of "clean energy" companies that raised him big bucks in his own presidential campaign. President "spread the wealth" has spread nothing but fear, resentment, and huge government "stimulus" contracts to everyone in his loyal orbit.
But do you think those fools trying to find a place (we hope) to take a shower on the hard pavement of the streets they occupy have a clue that they are being manipulated by labor, Moveon.com, and others who will sleep soundly in their own mansions while the protesters raise hell in the streets? It's not likely.
We have all been taken for complete suckers. We have a ruling political class, cozy with book deals, foundations, fancy fundraisers, and we have a rotten-to-the-core political electorate. The combination has allowed this to happen.
Even more incredibly, the mainstream media constantly try to portray the tea party as a bunch of nuts, while gingerly referring to the whacky collection of "street protesters" as people fed up with corruption in the business world.
Don't get me wrong. I'd love to give a boot to the behind of many of these "bailout" bluebloods. And yes, I think it is about time that huge corporations start investing in America rather than hiding their cash in case the whole darn free market system collapses.
But that doesn't mean that what belongs to someone else should be mine; or, as one lunatic group among the "Occupy" crowd advocates, that it would be the right thing to do to force professionals, like physicians, to take salaries of $30,000 a year. Can't you just see people lining up to attend medical school for that?
Trust me. We are in for one wild ride. All we can hope is that the revolutionaries who carry the folding chairs and sing "God Bless America" can hold on long enough for this other crowd not to totally destroy our country. And please: No more George W. Bushes or Barack Obamas. We can't take another four years of our "ruling political class" and their likes.
Matt Towery is author of the book, "Paranoid Nation: The Real Story of the 2008 Fight for the Presidency." He heads the polling and political information firm InsiderAdvantage. Following him on Twitter @matttowery.
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