If you’re still shopping for someone to blame for it all, consider:
Or, for another perspective, James Sinclair bridges a rift in civic discourse with a simple Venn Diagram (everybody loves a good Venn Diagram):
The problem, and I suppose this was inevitable, is that Occupy Wall Street is being portrayed as some kind of anti-Tea Party. Left vs. right, blue vs. red, rock vs. country, et cetera—it’s the only way we know how to draw battle lines anymore. But how are the two movements meaningfully different? I sure as hell can’t figure it out. There are plenty of minor differences, mostly concerning priorities and demographics, but the similarities are much more substantial. Both are popular uprisings against powerful-but-nebulous entities believed to be responsible for America’s economic struggles. Both are defined not by easily-identified leaders, but by the sum total of countless unique viewpoints, and thus are not capable of articulating their goals with any cohesiveness or specificity (nor should they be expected to).”
He admits to oversimplifying, and I don’t know that I can sign on to his conclusions, but I find his contributions to the political discourse refreshingly clear-headed, cutting through a lot of the rhetorical noise generated by both sides.