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Occupy Memphis, Tea Party Members Meet [Find Common Ground]
Yahoo News! ^ | 11-19-2011 | ADRIAN SAINZ

Posted on 11/19/2011 8:59:41 PM PST by bimboeruption

Occupy Memphis member Mallory Pope had just finished telling a group of about 75 tea party followers Thursday night that politicians should not allow themselves to be influenced by lobbyists and unions when she received an unexpected invitation.

"It sounds to me that y'all ought to be joining us," said Jerry Rains, a 64-year-old computer programmer and tea party member. "You have a lot of the same goals we have, which is to take our country back."

Pope and fellow Occupy Memphis protester Tristan Tran had a lively, sometimes strained and confrontational, but mostly civil discussion with members of the Mid-South Tea Party at a municipal meeting hall outside Memphis.

The factions saw eye-to-eye on some issues and clashed on others. And, while the young speakers didn't change many minds, they did earn praise from the tea party members for their passion, honesty and courage.

The 21-year-old University of Memphis students had been invited by the tea party group to talk about the goals of the Occupy movement. The invitation was extended after a discussion between members of both groups on the tea party's website, meeting organizer Jim Tomasik said.

Occupy Memphis set up camp last month at Civic Center Plaza in downtown Memphis, within view of City Hall and federal and county government buildings. Their numbers have ranged from a dozen protesters to 100 or more, depending on the time of day. They have had no clashes with police and city officials have said they will not evict the protesters as long as they remain peaceful.

(Excerpt) Read more at sg.news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: memphis; occupy; occupywallstreet; teaparty
"Page Gregory, a retiree in his 60s, stood and praised Pope and Tran for having the passion and courage to stand before the tea party group and address its questions.

Then he said the Occupy groups should go home and work within their community to try to bring about change.

"Get people elected," Gregory said."

Mr. Gregory, don't we have enough socialists in office already?

1 posted on 11/19/2011 8:59:46 PM PST by bimboeruption
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To: bimboeruption

OWS is an Obama front group. They are shaking down corporations for Obama2012 donations. Next they will surround the Capitol building for days on end and demand the GOP bow down to Obama. (Reichstag fire)

There is no common ground.


2 posted on 11/19/2011 9:02:31 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: bimboeruption
Oddly enough, this guy is leading the Memphis group.


3 posted on 11/19/2011 9:10:02 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: bimboeruption

Be careful what you wish for.

Be vigilant for traitors.


4 posted on 11/19/2011 9:14:00 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (WE ARE AMERICA! DONATE TO FR MORE!)
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To: bimboeruption
"It sounds to me that y'all ought to be joining us," said Jerry Rains, a 64-year-old computer programmer and tea party member. "You have a lot of the same goals we have, which is to take our country back."

How anyone beyond high school age would believe this is "common ground", is deeply disturbing. What the TEA party and what the OWS miscreants want to do after they "take our country back" couldn't be more different.

5 posted on 11/19/2011 9:16:30 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: bimboeruption

Its not like we have enough socialists in office.

Here’s the joke: what do OWSers and tea partiers have in common?

Singing off-key!


6 posted on 11/19/2011 9:16:40 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: bimboeruption

I’m a Tea Party member. I want nothng to do with OWS. All attempts to meld the two together are...epic fail.


7 posted on 11/19/2011 9:18:43 PM PST by KJC1
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To: bimboeruption

No Tea Party group should even get close to OWS or allow themselves to remotely sound affiliated with them.

They (OWS) espouse socialist/progressive goals...more government...end the free market...class warfare...etc.

They are being used and manipulated by the DNC, Unions, and Obama to try and help his re-election...by espousing their leftist/progressive gaols and punctuating class warfare to deflect balme from Obama if they can...and by causing bedlam and chaos and rioting if they must.

Again, the Tea Party, which has been effective as Patriotic grass-roots Americans should not come anywhere near them...or reach out to them. They are a poison pill.


8 posted on 11/19/2011 9:25:10 PM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: All

The media continues to e-fellate the OWS and Obama.

Make no mistake - the OWS wants what other people have without doing anything except beating drums and chanting lame slogans.

They are nothing like the Tea Party, which believes in self-sufficiency and doesn’t engage in class-warfare and criminal behavior.

See the URL in my tagline to see the real face of the left that the media refuses to show.


9 posted on 11/19/2011 9:30:16 PM PST by Rodney Dangerfield (The true face of the left that the MSM won't show: www.zombietime.com)
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To: All

Here’s the announcement from the tea party’s site, http://www.midsouthteaparty.org/main.html

November 17th: November General Meeting
Thursday, November 17th, 2011 - 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Bartlett Station Municipal Center (Reception Hall) map
5868 Stage Road
Bartlett, TN 38134

Featured Speakers: Occupy Memphis and Mid-South Tea Party Representatives

The Occupy Movement and the Tea Party:

What are the diffences in vision, goals, and objectives?
What are the differences in how we wish to achieve our goals and objectives?
Is there an common ground between the two?

Come to otain a more informed point of view. Ask questions to get
both “Occupy” and Tea Party points of view. Walk away with a better
understanding of both groups.

DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!

More as time allows


10 posted on 11/19/2011 9:32:49 PM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

WHAT HAS BEEN SEEN CANNOT BE UNSEEN.


11 posted on 11/19/2011 9:32:49 PM PST by wastedyears (11/11/11 is National Metal Day.)
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To: bimboeruption

By TEA Party they do me Paulbots.


12 posted on 11/19/2011 9:35:46 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: bimboeruption

Just the kind of story the Left will love, to support their constant media propaganda comparing OWS to the Tea Party.


13 posted on 11/19/2011 9:47:42 PM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: bimboeruption

“Occupy Memphis member Mallory Pope had just finished telling a group of about 75 tea party followers”

Hard to get past the first sentence.

One does not ‘follow’ the tea party, there is no leader.

But yes occupy cowpies are “members.”

Of course is’s an AP story.


14 posted on 11/19/2011 9:56:07 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: bimboeruption

Why would the Tea Party associate itself with OWS?

This is like something a Republican would do, try to make the other side ‘like us.’

Suggesting OWSers go home to help people elected is, frankly, stupid. They would be electing the people the Tea Party is trying to defeat.


15 posted on 11/19/2011 9:59:40 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Obama: The stupid person`s idea of a smart person.)
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16 posted on 11/19/2011 10:12:49 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BY DONATING NOW! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: Darkwolf377

“Why would the Tea Party associate itself with OWS?”
_________________________________________

I have no idea, and it is in my home city of Memphis.
The only thing in common is that both groups are upset
with what is happening in the country, but for opposite
reasons.
Tea Party wants the good old traditional America.
OWS wants a full blown Communist society


17 posted on 11/19/2011 10:24:25 PM PST by AlexW
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To: AlexW

You put it perfectly. I did detect that cringe-inducing patronizing tone of “I don’t agree with you but I applaud you for getting involved” in some of this.

Well, that nice-nice stuff doesn’t work with me. Tea Partiers want to keep the money they earned; OWSers want to take more of that money from them. I know what I’d say to this group, and it wouldn’t be anything like what the TPers here said.


18 posted on 11/19/2011 10:31:11 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Obama: The stupid person`s idea of a smart person.)
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To: bimboeruption
The occupoops and TEA Party have absolutely nothing in common.

NOTHING.

19 posted on 11/19/2011 10:35:09 PM PST by fwdude ("When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve ...")
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To: bimboeruption

20 posted on 11/19/2011 10:51:04 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: fwdude

Just to debate a bit for fun:

Both groups are opposed to the bailouts of banks and corporations and the “too big to fail” bs.

Both groups are upset at huge bonuses to CEOs of corporations paying no taxes at all.

Both groups believe the American dream is threatened.

Both groups are useful for volunteers and votes for their respective parties but outside the real control and power.

Both groups know the American middle class is getting screwed.

Comments?


21 posted on 11/19/2011 11:28:20 PM PST by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws
Your comment just shows that you have no idea what the occucommunists want.

(Hint: It's not what they SAY that they want.)

22 posted on 11/19/2011 11:39:08 PM PST by fwdude ("When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve ...")
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To: TigerClaws

So far as yet no OWS group has run any canidates for any office. What any private company wants to pay it’s CEO’s isn’t any of my business. Let’s tell Tom Cruise what he’s allowed to make for his next picture. I don’t see either group getting upset with what Hollywood actors or sports stars are paid. The Tea Party wants lower taxes and smaller government. The OWS wants everything you’ve got and your ass behind barbed-wire. Or dead, from what I’ve come to understand from their muddled message.


23 posted on 11/19/2011 11:45:17 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: TigerClaws

“Both groups are opposed to the bailouts of banks and corporations and the “too big to fail” bs.”

Tea party members don’t want “bailouts”. OWS members wants their “bailouts”

“Both groups are upset at huge bonuses to CEOs of corporations paying no taxes at all.”

Tea party members want the stock holders to wake up and rein in “Huge bonuses”. OWS wants government to control wages. The only fair tax system is the “Fair Tax” with no exception.

“Both groups believe the American dream is threatened.”

Tea party members believe the American dream is threatened by Progressive Socialist. OWS are Progressive Socialist.

“Both groups are useful for volunteers and votes for their respective parties but outside the real control and power.”

Tea party members do volunteer but we are not “Useful Idiots” Most of OWS are “Useful Idiots”, the rest are hard line Progressive Socialist.

“Both groups know the American middle class is getting screwed.”

Tea party members knows the only way to move up and down the income ladder is through the free marker and limited government. OWS wants the government to control the market.

OWS speaks with fork tongue.

Comments?


24 posted on 11/20/2011 12:21:13 AM PST by steveab (When was the last time someone tried to sell you a CO2 induced climate control system for your home?)
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To: TigerClaws

Yes, I have a comment - the media will blame the Tea Party for any violence committed by OWS

Lay down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

They would be wise to avoid these cretins.


25 posted on 11/20/2011 12:36:12 AM PST by Rodney Dangerfield (The true face of the left that the MSM won't show: www.zombietime.com)
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To: bimboeruption

The commonalities are paper thin. They immediately begin to part ways with the OWS demands for communist revolution. TEA Partiers love America, while the OWS crowd wants to destroy it.


26 posted on 11/20/2011 1:52:42 AM PST by ScottinVA (I miss America.)
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To: bimboeruption

George Soros Funds Occupy Wall Street throught the Tides Foundation.

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=47009

This word needs to get out.


27 posted on 11/20/2011 4:24:23 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: fwdude; TigerClaws

What they want is to break down the way our society functions. They want to normalize deviance and lawlessness. Finding areas of agreement is a recruiting tool. That’s why you see some normal looking people mixed in with the freaks.


28 posted on 11/20/2011 5:37:53 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: bimboeruption

Other than the fact that we all need to breathe, eat, and a few other essentials, Occies and Tea Partyers have virtually nothing in common. The main thrust of the Occupy movement has been to denigrate and dismantle the free market. The Tea Party just wants the market to work efficiently and for politicians to keep their ahem mitts off the market as much as is humanly possible.


29 posted on 11/20/2011 8:47:17 AM PST by driftless2
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To: steveab
"comments"

Agree. How you can you make common cause with a group that is basically diametrically opposed to everything you stand for? TPers want as little government as possible, while the Occies want a lot more government. They're everything we find wrong with what's going on in our country. Whiners, complainers, and foes of the free-market. How can you have an alliance with people like that?

30 posted on 11/20/2011 8:50:34 AM PST by driftless2
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