Founding Fathers, Tea Parties, & Occupiers

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From Roland Martin, a CNN contributor:

“Self-professed rodeo clown Glenn Beck castigates the Occupy Wall Street protesters, but he’s always running off at the mouth about the Founding Fathers and how brilliant they were.”

You hear that from lots of others, how the Founding Fathers are great, how the Tea Party folks are in the spirt of the Founding Fathers, and how horrible the Occupy Wall Street folks are anti-American, and should be brushed away.

So boarding ships, dumping cargo over the side, and destroying property in felony proportions is good, patriotic, and American, but gathering in public areas, marching down streets, and speaking out is bad, treasonous, and anti-American?

Would these modern day Tea party folks prefer folks be burning files and destroying computer records, (the property of Wall Street companies), and find that more in the spirit of the Founding Fathers?

Or is it they only support the rights of people they agree with?

Samuel Adams said the BostonTea Party was not the act of a lawless mob, but was instead a principled protest and the only remaining option the people had to defend their constitutional rights.

So the conservative lawmakers, presidential candidates, business owners and media commentators who so nastily put down the Occupy Wall Street folks like protests and protesters from years ago, but are disgusted by the people openly speaking out now? Perhaps they feel threatened? Perhaps that identity more with King George and other royalty now?

Or perhaps they are just concerned with the self-interested of themselves and their friends?

–Roger Snyder