I direct you to this handy little chart:
Another way they're not equal: The Tea Party follows the rules and gets punished for it, while the "Occupiers" flaunt the law and get rewarded:
In April, the Richmond Tea Party held a Tax Day rally in Richmond’s Kanawha Plaza. Along with two more of their rallies, the group was charged about $10,000, and had to comply with a list of rules and regulations. Now they want their money back, saying that Occupy Wall Street protesters have been camping out and using the plaza for free since October 15. Colleen Owens, a Tea Party spokesperson, says that her group had to go through a litany of procedures — getting permits, paying for police, paying for port-o-potties, and paying for emergency personnel, among other things — while the Occupiers are getting use of the Plaza without incurring any expenses.
“The City of Richmond’s picking and choosing whose First Amendment rights trump someone else’s First Amendment rights and we thought–well that’s fine–then they can refund our money,”At least one local politician glumly concedes the point:
“I guess we’ll be writing a check to the tea party people,” Councilman Bruce W. Tyler told Wesley P. Hester of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “You can’t treat one group different from the other. It’s unfair. We’ve now hit the slippery slope that we never should have found ourselves on.”
Yeah, it does kinda suck when folks get wise to the fact that those who follow the rules get punished. Like the way mortgage defaulters get sweeter deals than those who scrimp and save to pay on time. Or the way those who don't work have been given a moral claim on the funds of the people who do. Or the way people who protest legitimately have to pay a huge fee now to do so, but if you "Occupy", you get a free ride.
Unfortunately for those currently in power, when folks get wise to the scam, they usually take it out on the people who perpetuate them. Note the "2010 Democratic Massacre". And note Obama's poll numbers.
The people get it, yet to the end, it doesn't seem as if the liberals running these rackets really think we'll ever catch on to them - all the while wondering where that pitchfork-carrying, torch-wielding mob came from...