Some Differences Between Tea Party and Occupy

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Tea Party 4-15-09 w/Permit

by Victoria Taft
Here are some differences between Occupy and Tea Party in Portland:

The Tea Party believes in the rule of law.

Occupy breaks the law to make their point.

The Tea Party believes the individual is the heart of the constitutional republic.
Occupy believes government is the heart of democracy.

The Tea Party wants to save the country.

Occupy participants say they want to save themselves.


The Tea Party threatens to win the next election. 
Occupy threatens the city with lawlessness to get what they want. 
 
Occupy blocking street

The Tea Party blames government for using tax dollars to bail out wall street.

Occupy blames the banks for taking the money and thinks all the bank’s money is theirs.
 
The Tea Party believes it’s fair that a limited government frees the individual to fulfill ambitions, become productive and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Occupy believes in a government that forcefully takes the fruits of someone’s labor and gives it to someone else in the name of fairness. 
 
The Tea Party believes people should be able to give to the charity of their choice. 
Occupy believes government is a charity. 

 

The Tea Party believes most people in the top 1% of US taxpayers worked hard to get there.

Occupy believes a person in the top 1% of US taxpayers must have stolen something from them to get there. 

The Tea Party understands people work their way up to becoming wealthy but may not stay there.
Occupy believes that once a rich person always a rich person.
 
The Tea Party believes that 1% paying nearly 40% of all income taxes is enough.
Occupy believes they don’t pay enough.
 
The Tea Party believes that with limited government there’s room for people of any class to prosper and grow more productive.
Occupy believes there’s a finite number of dollars , someone has their money and they’re stuck being in the 99%.


Mayor Sam Adams was invited but instead derided and ignored  the first Tea Party. 
Mayor Sam Adams warmly greeted the Occupiers and marched with them. 
 
Congressman John Lewis walked through a Tea Party on Capitol Hill and falsely claimed Tea Party called him racist names.
Congressman John Lewis attended Occupy Atlanta and wasn’t allowed to speak. 
The Tea Party didn’t interfere with Occupy’s right to protest.
Groups that are now with Occupy counter-protested, disrupted, yelled racist and homophobic epithets and threatened lawsuits against the Tea Party.
 
The Tea Party was told we couldn’t have a megaphone at Pioneer Courthouse Square without a permit and were told to leave, which we did.
Occupy was told the same but refused to buy permits for the Square, the march and for camping.
The Tea Party organizers signed their names on permits and paid for liability insurance.
Occupy refused to name leaders or get permits for fear of responsibility and liability.
 
The Tea Party was loathed but not feared by official Portland.
Occupy threatened lawlessness and was feared by the citizens and Portland police.
 
The Tea Party was said to be carrying guns; a constitutional right.
Occupy reported a rape of one of their campers.
The Tea Party has been called racist for not having enough black and brown people represented but black and brown members are consistently called sell outs, Uncle Toms or worse.
Occupy has few black or brown people and no one questions it. 
 
The Tea Party believes people are responsible to pay back their college loans.
Occupy believes it’s unfair people should have to pay back their loans.
The Tea Party believes government intervention has distorted and increased the costs of college.
Occupy believes greedy tax payers haven’t paid enough to give them free education.
 
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