MAINWARING: ‘Occupy’ loses ground

Movement attempted to supplant the Tea Party

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Headlines keep blaring the unimaginable success of this “movement,” which liberals say has captured the imagination and hearts of the American people. Ms. vanden Heuvel, in “ProgressivesnowonthemarchtotakeoverCongress” (The Washington Post, Nov. 15) suggests, “Occupy … has transformed the landscape of politics. Wisconsin lit the spark. … Occupy Wall Street has turned that spark into a conflagration that swept the nation.” The conflagration has flamed out - for now.

The October surprise wasn’t much of a surprise, other than the American public’s astonishment at the violence and endless immoral behavior in Occupy encampments.

From the start, the movement has been about liberals attempting to capture control of the Democratic Party and supplant the Tea Party as the voice of Main Street America.

However, the images and message from Occupy Wall Street are foreign, if not grossly un-American, to Main Street. If liberals were attempting to “take back the American dream,” so far they have succeeded only in portraying the American nightmare.

What’s next? Probably a move this winter to take Occupy sentiment to college campuses in a big way.

Doug Mainwaring is a co-founder of the National Capital Tea Party Patriots.

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