In response to Bill Rixham's letter Dec. 14 ("Tea Party legitimate, Occupy not"), his characterizations of the Tea Party and the Occupy movements couldn't be any less accurate.

Editor:

In response to Bill Rixham's letter Dec. 14 ("Tea Party legitimate, Occupy not"), his characterizations of the Tea Party and the Occupy movements couldn't be any less accurate.

The Tea Party, known in its present form since its inception in early 2009, is not a grass roots movement. It is described by a majority of the credible media outlets as "astro-turf" because of funding from groups like Freedom Works and their chair, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and endlessly promoted by Fox News. The Tea Party is also responsible for the disruption of the numerous town halls held by elected officials during the summer of 2009 because of the policies of President Obama, who stated that he sees the concerns of both the Tea Party and the Occupy movement as legitimate. Furthermore, the media has extensively highlighted both positive and negative aspects of the Tea Party as well as the Occupy movement.

The Occupy movement has been able to do what the Tea Party has not: represent the concerns of a wide variety of Americans of all economic classes and political affiliation, including former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer, one of the Republican candidates for President of the United States. The Occupy Movement represents the concerns of the 99 percent of Americans who don't control the country's wealth as well as a portion of the 1 percent who know it is their duty to contribute their fair share to aid our economic recovery. There has been more widespread support for the Occupy Movement than there has been for the Tea Party, which irks Mr. Rixham, given the tone of his letter.

Tom Myers

President, Young Democrats of Harford County