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 aren’t 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.