Skip to comments.Occupy Memphis, Tea Party Members Meet [Find Common Ground]
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.
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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?
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.
Be careful what you wish for.
Be vigilant for traitors.
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.
Its not like we have enough socialists in office.
Here’s the joke: what do OWSers and tea partiers have in common?
I’m a Tea Party member. I want nothng to do with OWS. All attempts to meld the two together are...epic fail.
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.
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.
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
WHAT HAS BEEN SEEN CANNOT BE UNSEEN.
By TEA Party they do me Paulbots.
Just the kind of story the Left will love, to support their constant media propaganda comparing OWS to the Tea Party.
“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.
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.
“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
Tea Party wants the good old traditional America.
OWS wants a full blown Communist society
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.
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.
(Hint: It's not what they SAY that they want.)
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.
“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.
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.
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.
George Soros Funds Occupy Wall Street throught the Tides Foundation.
This word needs to get out.
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.
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.
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?