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Occupiers Invade CPAC & Show How Different They Are From the Tea Party - How different are they?

Posted by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM
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Occupiers Invade CPAC & Show How Different They Are From the Tea Party

Posted by Jenny Erikson on February 11, 2012 

occupy CPACConservatives from around the country have congregated in Washington, D.C. this week for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It’s an opportunity to hear some great speakers on the topic of conservatism, get a chance to shake the hands of presidential candidates, and meet and greet other political activists.

Of course, these days, wherever conservatives gather, there’s sure to be a crowd of unwashed hipsters there to beat drums and protest capitalism because it’s way no fair that anyone should have to actually work for a living.

On Friday evening, a couple hundred Occupiers set up camp outside the Marriott (where the event is being held) to taunt us conference-goers. “We are the ninety-nine percent,” they shouted at people just trying to make their way back to their hotel. “We want the same things you do!” 

Unless they want them to take a shower and get a job too, no, we don’t want the same things.

The Occupy protests have been compared to the Tea Party movement, but the two things have little in common. I’ve participated in the latter, and have witnessed the former, and the only thing they have in common is the fact that there are people there. 

The first thing you’ll notice is the difference in the law enforcement present at the two rallies. Tea Party events have the stray cop or two, milling around just in case anyone gets a little too rowdy. They usually end up being really helpful in directing traffic or giving directions. Occupy events have a multitude of cops – in riot gear. They are helpful in keeping the peace.

The attendants are a little bit different too. Tea Partiers represent a broad cross-section of American demographics. Grandparents, babies, blacks, whites, men, women … you name it, they’re there. Go over to Zuccotti Park, and you’ll find a majority of white kids under the age of 30. 

Their goals are different. The Tea Parties are gatherings of people that want to share ideas on how to get the government off the back of business so that we can get America to work again. The Occupiers hate the police, but want the government to pay all their bills. I wonder if anyone’s told them that the government sent the police.

The Tea Party has been demonized in the media. Occupy Wall Street has been praised by President Obama

They are not the same thing. As online conservative activist said in a speech at CPAC as the Occupiers swarmed outside, “There are two paths … one is America, the other one is Occupy.”

Do you agree, or is it more about perception?

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by Silver Member on Feb. 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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 Personally, I was a part of the tea party when it began in 2009.  I agreed with their philosophy about less taxation and more personal freedoms.  Recently however, I have felt that the Republican Party grabbed the tea party and ran.  They have used the tea party fundamentals to seize up government even more than it was prior to their elections.  And I resent Ms. Sarah Palin calling herself the voice of the tea party.

So I began to watch closely when the 99% started up.  They don't seem to know what they want.  They have decided (or so it seems) that they don't have the answers to the big problems that are facing America and they want their representatives in gov't to sit down and discuss the issues, come to a concensus and move forward.  They seem tired of the gridlock.  I am with them there, but I am for personal freedom and responibility.  I want my representative to hear ME. 

Also I won't be "taken in" by another protest group because I prefer to have my own voice.  I don't want to be seen as one of a crowd because I saw how the tea party's crowd was swallowed by a Rep. Party that I don't agree with.  I am not now nor have I ever been in favor of these wars in the M.E.  and I am anger about my tea party involvement sending that message to others. 

I am now a Ron Paul supporter.  He embodies most of my principals, I make my own signs and bumper stickers for him, so I see him as a representative of my ideals not a Candidate who took over my voice to make his own message with it.

Anyway I think part of it is perception since both parties want to see change sweep the nation (a profound change) they seem to differ in opinion about where that change takes place and who makes the decisions about the change.

I'm a homeschooling, cloth diapering, breastfeeding, recycling, composting, homesteading, Jesus following, goat milking, home canning, dh loving, Libertarian Momma of three well adjusted little boys!

by Silver Member on Feb. 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM

 oh yeah and as for being demonized in the media I think both protest groups have been demonized by different factions of the news media...the occupy group by fox news, POTUS, and the patriot.... Tea party by CNN and MSNBC

by Platinum Member on Feb. 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

 I think that whoever wrote this was obviously anti-OWS prior to attending the CPAC. There was no invasion. They were protesting. As far as I know, that's their right, isn't it?

"We are the 99%" is not an insult. Calling people "rapists" as Breitbart did, is.

But, it's OK 'cause he was a coveted guest at CPAC and he can run his mouth anyway he chooses.

by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

 If this lady would have researched what the 99% is about and who they are this article would have been a whole lot different.But as she used all Fox buzz words and sound bites she has no credibility as an unbiased reporter.

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