Open letter and warning from former Tea Party to the Occupy Wall Street movement

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Reprinted letter by “vaslittlecrow”:

I don’t expect you to believe me. I want you to read this, take it with a grain of salt, and do the research yourself. You may not believe me, but I want your movement to succeed. From a former tea partier to you, young new rebels, there’s some advice to prevent what happened to our now broken movement from happening to you. I don’t agree with everything your movement does, but I sympathize with your cause and agree on our common enemy. You guys are very intelligent and I trust that you will take this in the spirit it is intended.

I wish I could believe this Occupy Wall Street was still about (r)Evolution, but so far, all I am seeing is a painful rehash of how the government turned the pre-Presidential election tea party movement into the joke it is now. We were anarchists and ultra-libertarians, but above all we were peaceful. So, the media tried painting us as racists. But when that didn’t work they tried to goad us into violence. When that failed, they killed our movement with money and false kindness from the theocratic arm of the Republican party. That killed our popular support.

I am sharing these observations, so you guys know what’s going on and can prevent the media from succeeding in painting you as violent slacker hippies rebelling without a cause, or from having the movement be hijacked by a bunch of corporatists seeking to twist the movement’s original intentions. If you think this can’t happen, it happened to the Independence Party and the tea party movement. Don’t let it happen to your movement as well.

Here’s how they turned our movement into a bunch of pro-corporate Republican party rebranding astroturf, and this is how I predict they are turning your movement into a bunch of pro-corporate Democratic party rebranding astroturf. I believe many of these things are already happening, so take note.

1- The media will initially and purposely avoid covering your dissenting movement to cause confusion about what your movement is about within mainstream audiences. This is to enrage you and make you appear unreasonable, and perhaps even invisible.

2- While the obsfuscation is happening, corporatists/government stooges will infiltrate and give superficial support, focus and financial backing to the targetted movement. In the tea party movement’s case, it was the religious Republicans and Koch Brothers. In this case, it’s the Public Sector Unions and Ultra Rich liberals who pretend to care, but frankly do not serve liberators and freedom seekers but rather the interests of those who run the Public Sector Unions and the Democratic Party. Democrat, Republican, these parties are all part of the same corporate ruling system. Case in point: http://www.debates.org/

3-The media will cover the movement only after this infiltration succeeds. Once the infiltration is completed the MSM will manufacture public media antipathy towards the movement by using selective focus on the movement’s most repulsive elements or infiltrators on the corporate Conservative media side, while the corporate Liberal media will create a more sympathetic tragic hero image — this is the flip side of the tea party, but same media manipulation tactics. I go into greater detail on this tactic: http://vaslittlecrow.com/blog/2011/09/08/how-the-media-and-ideological-groups-manipulate-your-beliefs/

4- Someone in the Democratic Party will feign sympathy for the movement and falsely “non-partisan” entities provide tons of funding and unwanted organization, just as was done with the tea party movement by Republicans. Once people assume that the government operatives are their friends, the government will hijack the movement and the threat of your movement will be neutralized.

If this new Occupy Wall Street movement is to survive, here’s what needs to be done.

1- Loudly denounce violence and disavow the violent rabblerousers of the movement. They do not help the cause.

2- Be image conscious. Present your best face and call out those who act like fools within the movement. People are more likely to pay attention to you in your Sunday dress and bringing homemade food, than when you drinking a bottle of Snapple and chomping on Big Macs while you are looking like a slacker rich hipster/unwashed hippie stereotype.

3- Accept that you’ve already been infiltrated by the government, and work hard to say, and state what your movement is and is not about. “No, this isn’t about unions or Liberals, conservatives or bored spoiled brats. This is about 99% of our population being exploited and manipulated for the sake of profit.” “No we will not resort to violence.” “Yes, all we want is for for the end of government collusion with corporate entities that are illegitimately recognized as people.” And, so forth…

4- Don’t forget who you are as the illusions are thrown at you. Corporatists are masters of illusions. That’s the most powerful weapon they have. That’s how they sell products you don’t need and convince you to justify accepting atrocities for the sake of products. Don’t fall for it. Otherwise, your cause will be lost. Be wary of large donations from special interest groups or non-profit corporations that were not involved this movement from the inception. Special interests groups are not your allies. Non-profit corporations are still corporations, and unfortunately, too many of them care more about donations than doing the right thing. Killing a movement with kindness is easy.

5- Remain independent and focused. If you can, pick a face to represent your movement. Rosa Parks wasn’t just a random lady in a bus. http://l3d.cs.colorado.edu/systems/agentsheets/New-Vista/bus-boycott/ — She was chosen. You too can use the power of illusion against those who oppose you.

I wish your movement better luck than we had with the tea party movement before it got hijacked by the theocrats and corporatists. We used to be non-partisan too. We were the older version of you. But, I believe that as the media apparatchik and infiltrators start to twist your cause, you will understand the frustration us early adopter tea partiers felt and that we were not your enemy after all. A fascist oligarchy on the verge of winning is our common enemy. This should be your focus. Don’t be dazzled by the illusion as we were. For the sake of our future, know who you are.

Thank you for reading. I would love to read your ideas on the subject. Correct me where I am wrong. Explain what is going right. This is ultimately your fight.

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  • Anonymous

    I don't think democratic sympathy is as threatening or invalidating to the movement as was the false sympathy of the GOP. We all know President Obama's top donor was Goldman Sachs, and that the Obama administration has been pushing the state Attorney Generals to settle with the banks. The #occupywallstreet movement wants to see a perp walk. As long as we do not forget this distinction we should be ok for now.

  • btodder

    I don’t think democratic sympathy is as threatening or invalidating to the movement as was the false sympathy of the GOP. We all know President Obama’s top donor was Goldman Sachs, and that the Obama administration has been pushing the state Attorney Generals to settle with the banks. The #occupywallstreet movement wants to see a perp walk. As long as we do not forget this distinction we should be ok for now.

  • Guest

    Great article – open and sincere. Aside from dress for image I was very impressed with your points. It's funny how you mention Rosa Parks and provide link explaining how it was orchestrated purposely which I could agree with – for a good cause. The irony is I believe the Tea Party was initially devised to represent the extreme right and assimilated later but when you separated and played hardball by refusing to adopt the status quo they dropped you. My problem wasn't just the manipulation but the right (sorry to label) using grass root values to achieve a greater base that supports their ideologies but like I said good point because it happens on the left too. I very much agree with you when you say we're on the same side … it's the 99% get out there in your Sunday best or whatever you choose to wear and bring your voice again!

    • http://www.thedailydigest.org TheEditor

      I've been following the Tea Party since its inception.  You are incorrect that the Tea Party was "initially devised to represent the extreme right".  None of my associates that are involved with the Tea Party were involved with right, extreme right, or any other.  The affiliation was with the Constitution.  That simple.  The Tea Party was later infiltrated by the powers that be and diluted to the point of not being effective. You are way off-base in your conclusions.

      We independents have no leader with the exception of the Constitution and our principles.  For an independent person to follow a leader would be an oxymoron.  There are certain people that we would choose to represent us, but it is those that are stuck in the left/right paradigm that need a leader.  We lead and our representatives will follow us.  That is the way it is supposed to be, and that is what these young kids today are fighting to regain.

      You need to quit trying to splinter the people.  We will all need each other to rid ourselves of the vermin in D.C.  When we cleanse the political system, we can go back to bickering again.

      • Guest

        Thanks for the reply, I'm not sure where I insulted you but it was unintended.  When I said you refused to adopt the status quo they dropped you – it was intended to support your independence.   You say you have no leaders and I'm off-base but Sarah Palin was promoted as the Tea Party Darling and was an ad-hoc figurehead, if I'm mistaken it was only logical.  What I'm trying to say is you have some great points, so re-start your message and express yourself alongside the occupiers – the worse thing that could happen to the government is both sides coming together and finding some kind of common resolution.

        • http://www.thedailydigest.org TheEditor

          I didn't say you insulted me, but I did say that you were way off on your assumption that the Tea Party was "initially devised to represent the extreme right".  The Tea Party is not extreme right and never has claimed to be so.  We hold closer to a Libertarian doctrine.  It is easy to fall prey to the labels that MSM wants to stick to every group.  That simplifies their task of controlling public opinion, and to the simple among us, it gives them something to shoot back with without thinking about the basis for the label.

          I have no idea where you get your information on Palin.  If you are listening to MSM and thinking that is the end-all for information on politics, then you are allowing yourself to be misled.  She's not my leader, and no one I know follows her.  Again, a Libertarian/Tea Party member does not have a leader.  If we have someone to represent us, we are THEIR leader.

          The message expressed here is solid and is not an attempt to form a consensus with anyone.  It is advice to the occupiers.  The occupiers have not yet solidified their message and their intent.  Once they do that parallels can be drawn.

          The message that comes from the Libertarians will not necessarily be at one with the occupiers, unless their main goal is to get rid of the criminals in D.C.  The political/banking cartel that has taken over our government.  This has been the message of the Libertarians and the true Tea Party from the start.

          • Guest

            Fine, I'll retract my assumptions because they were derived from the Tea Party Express functions and political speakers that were broadcast heavily by all three networks, and whose message was relayed significantly to my personal dismay.  If the cross-country tours had included both left and right-wing political speakers I would not had made those assumptions.  I never stated you had a leader I understood what you said in your article about the movement being hijacked and used for political gain.  
            The Tea Party message never resonated with me, as I'm Canadian and like you said it was based on founding father principles as stated in the Constitution.  The message didn't resonate globally because it seemed to try to reclaim American Supremacy, which offends those who've suffered globally due to actions based on the national security and foreign policy of the US.  Bottom line, I never felt included so the message was alienating to me.It's called Occupy Wall Street, your last paragraph is exactly what they are doing there, it's also why the movement is spreading across the globe.   It's about humanity and fairness to everyone by ending the exploitation across many sectors, political, financial, environmental, social, etc.  There wouldn't be so many issues if there weren't so many common problems.I understand the message from the protestors on all it's different levels and it's leaderless movement.  A consensus is sure to be contentious (as it should be), but I firmly believe if there is middle ground it's worth finding.   It isn't about assimilating into one mind but remaining steadfast in your opinion and respecting the other while you seek common ground.  The opinions can remain different, but the goal needs to be the same.

          • Vas Littlecrow Wojta

            Most members of the tea party movement loathed the Tea Party Express.  But in any case, I thank you from shedding light on how the movement looked like to your part of the world.  Aside, from that, TheEditor is spot on from his observations about the original movement.

          • Guest

            Thanks to both of you for communicating yourselves so well.  I don't like the 'criticism' I hear when the Tea Party is mentioned these days, it's like dancing on a grave and as much it didn't resonate with me, I was very impressed by how the Tea Party declared themselves separate from the Republican Party and refused to play ball.   I wish all these movements could be seen as non-partisan and I've seen a "Don't Tread on Me" sign at the Occupy Wall Street protests so I've been hoping it will be more diverse and inclusive. 

  • Guest

    Great article – open and sincere. Aside from dress for image I was very impressed with your points. It’s funny how you mention Rosa Parks and provide link explaining how it was orchestrated purposely which I could agree with – for a good cause. The irony is I believe the Tea Party was initially devised to represent the extreme right and assimilated later but when you separated and played hardball by refusing to adopt the status quo they dropped you. My problem wasn’t just the manipulation but the right (sorry to label) using grass root values to achieve a greater base that supports their ideologies but like I said good point because it happens on the left too. I very much agree with you when you say we’re on the same side … it’s the 99% get out there in your Sunday best or whatever you choose to wear and bring your voice again!

    • http://www.thedailydigest.org TheEditor

      I’ve been following the Tea Party since its inception.  You are incorrect that the Tea Party was “initially devised to represent the extreme right”.  None of my associates that are involved with the Tea Party were involved with right, extreme right, or any other.  The affiliation was with the Constitution.  That simple.  The Tea Party was later infiltrated by the powers that be and diluted to the point of not being effective. You are way off-base in your conclusions.

      We independents have no leader with the exception of the Constitution and our principles.  For an independent person to follow a leader would be an oxymoron.  There are certain people that we would choose to represent us, but it is those that are stuck in the left/right paradigm that need a leader.  We lead and our representatives will follow us.  That is the way it is supposed to be, and that is what these young kids today are fighting to regain.

      You need to quit trying to splinter the people.  We will all need each other to rid ourselves of the vermin in D.C.  When we cleanse the political system, we can go back to bickering again.

      • Guest

        Thanks for the reply, I’m not sure where I insulted you but it was unintended.  When I said you refused to adopt the status quo they dropped you – it was intended to support your independence.   You say you have no leaders and I’m off-base but Sarah Palin was promoted as the Tea Party Darling and was an ad-hoc figurehead, if I’m mistaken it was only logical.  What I’m trying to say is you have some great points, so re-start your message and express yourself alongside the occupiers – the worse thing that could happen to the government is both sides coming together and finding some kind of common resolution.

        • http://www.thedailydigest.org TheEditor

          I didn’t say you insulted me, but I did say that you were way off on your assumption that the Tea Party was “initially devised to represent the extreme right”.  The Tea Party is not extreme right and never has claimed to be so.  We hold closer to a Libertarian doctrine.  It is easy to fall prey to the labels that MSM wants to stick to every group.  That simplifies their task of controlling public opinion, and to the simple among us, it gives them something to shoot back with without thinking about the basis for the label.

          I have no idea where you get your information on Palin.  If you are listening to MSM and thinking that is the end-all for information on politics, then you are allowing yourself to be misled.  She’s not my leader, and no one I know follows her.  Again, a Libertarian/Tea Party member does not have a leader.  If we have someone to represent us, we are THEIR leader.

          The message expressed here is solid and is not an attempt to form a consensus with anyone.  It is advice to the occupiers.  The occupiers have not yet solidified their message and their intent.  Once they do that parallels can be drawn.

          The message that comes from the Libertarians will not necessarily be at one with the occupiers, unless their main goal is to get rid of the criminals in D.C.  The political/banking cartel that has taken over our government.  This has been the message of the Libertarians and the true Tea Party from the start.

          • Guest

            Fine, I’ll retract my assumptions because they were derived from the Tea Party Express functions and political speakers that were broadcast heavily by all three networks, and whose message was relayed significantly to my personal dismay.  If the cross-country tours had included both left and right-wing political speakers I would not had made those assumptions.  I never stated you had a leader I understood what you said in your article about the movement being hijacked and used for political gain.  
            The Tea Party message never resonated with me, as I’m Canadian and like you said it was based on founding father principles as stated in the Constitution.  The message didn’t resonate globally because it seemed to try to reclaim American Supremacy, which offends those who’ve suffered globally due to actions based on the national security and foreign policy of the US.  Bottom line, I never felt included so the message was alienating to me.It’s called Occupy Wall Street, your last paragraph is exactly what they are doing there, it’s also why the movement is spreading across the globe.   It’s about humanity and fairness to everyone by ending the exploitation across many sectors, political, financial, environmental, social, etc.  There wouldn’t be so many issues if there weren’t so many common problems.I understand the message from the protestors on all it’s different levels and it’s leaderless movement.  A consensus is sure to be contentious (as it should be), but I firmly believe if there is middle ground it’s worth finding.   It isn’t about assimilating into one mind but remaining steadfast in your opinion and respecting the other while you seek common ground.  The opinions can remain different, but the goal needs to be the same.

          • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

            Most members of the tea party movement loathed the Tea Party Express.  But in any case, I thank you from shedding light on how the movement looked like to your part of the world.  Aside, from that, TheEditor is spot on from his observations about the original movement.

          • Guest

            Thanks to both of you for communicating yourselves so well.  I don’t like the ‘criticism’ I hear when the Tea Party is mentioned these days, it’s like dancing on a grave and as much it didn’t resonate with me, I was very impressed by how the Tea Party declared themselves separate from the Republican Party and refused to play ball.   I wish all these movements could be seen as non-partisan and I’ve seen a “Don’t Tread on Me” sign at the Occupy Wall Street protests so I’ve been hoping it will be more diverse and inclusive. 

  • Guest

    Great article – open and sincere. Aside from dress for image I was very impressed with your points. It’s funny how you mention Rosa Parks and provide link explaining how it was orchestrated purposely which I could agree with – for a good cause. The irony is I believe the Tea Party was initially devised to represent the extreme right and assimilated later but when you separated and played hardball by refusing to adopt the status quo they dropped you. My problem wasn’t just the manipulation but the right (sorry to label) using grass root values to achieve a greater base that supports their ideologies but like I said good point because it happens on the left too. I very much agree with you when you say we’re on the same side … it’s the 99% get out there in your Sunday best or whatever you choose to wear and bring your voice again!

  • http://twitter.com/DJShay12 DJShay12

    Ummm, "pre=Presidential Election Tea Party Movement"? We didn't hear the phrase "Tea Party" until well after Obama was inaugurated.

    • Vas Littlecrow Wojta

      Yes, that was the root of the problem and why I mention it.

  • http://twitter.com/DJShay12 DJShay12

    Ummm, “pre=Presidential Election Tea Party Movement”? We didn’t hear the phrase “Tea Party” until well after Obama was inaugurated.

    • http://vaslittlecrow.com/ Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

      Yes, that was the root of the problem and why I mention it.