#occupywallstreet, is an ongoing nonviolent demonstration, a social movement opposing what participants view as negative corporate influence over politics and a lack of legal repercussions over the global financial crisis.
Will the Wall Street Occupiers morph into a movement that has as much impact on the Democratic Party as the Tea Party has had on the GOP? Maybe. But there are reasons for doubting it. Tea Partiers have been a mixed blessing for the GOP establishment – a source of new ground troops and energy but also a pain in the assets with regard to attracting independent voters. As Rick Perry and Mitt Romney square off, that pain will become more evident.
Even as many in the partisan media attempt to embrace or shun the 99 Percent movement, there is another, quieter voice that’s rising, urging unity to fight the greed on Wall Street — and if polls are any indicator, that voice has already found deep sympathy with a great many Americans.
Speaking to a crowd gathered for “Occupy D.C.” this week, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig touched upon that small but rising tide, which says and says again that the tea party is also part of the 99 Percent.