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Thank you for printing Henry Rockwood’s letter (“Occupiers want fairness,” Nov.25). I now know how clouded minds perceive the current situation. Does he honestly see just “a few kooks” as a common thread to these movements?

Puh-leez! The Tea Party has a message and a prudent political strategy. Furthermore, Tea Partiers don’t defecate, fornicate or execrate in public. If a cop is anywhere present, he’s hard to find, even after hours of speeches, music, food and caucusing.

Didn’t Henry notice defiance, tear gas, handcuffed bodies being dragged to jail, barricades, police weaponry, pepper spray, violence and traffic obstruction? I can’t begin to describe the contrast between Occupier protests and Tea Partiers’, to say nothing of the fact that Tea Partiers go home and schedule future meetings.

Erecting pup tents, makeshift bedding and pot distribution centers, while defying policemen’s orders and refusing to depart downtown USA, are insane methods of “restoring faith in America.” Such self-absorbed protesting to a Tea Partier is as unfathomable as President Obama doing something besides campaign.

Can Henry accept this well-researched tenet of human nature: If all the wealth in the world were evenly distributed, within months, the amounts would be unevenly dispersed? Why? Because the highly motivated will have created products the others want. Incentive is not evenly distributed.

Government regulations are supposed to protect society from serious threats. Is getting rich a serious threat? I thought it was the American Dream.

Entitlements? Now there’s a disbursement problem!

The kicker is that Tea Partiers protest for free! Some Occupiers are paid and provided for! Their muddled “cause” smacks not of “fairness” but of the greed they’re protesting. Cheers for freedom!

A healthy America is based on voluntary compliance with laws approved of by its people. The Occupiers represent George Soros’ window of opportunity to slay that principle.

Pam Shumway

McCormick, S.C.

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Techfan
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Techfan 12/03/11 - 04:43 am
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Ah, Soros, the Glenn Beck

Ah, Soros, the Glenn Beck boogeyman. OWS protesters are not paid. The only sites claiming they are, are the right wing conspiracy sites. On the other hand, the Tea Party organizations themselves are funded by right wing PACs. Tea Party Express- a branch of Our Country Deserves Better PAC by Howard Kaloogian (founder and co-chair of Move America Forward PAC) and Sal Russo (Russo Marsh & Rogers, a Republican PR firm).
Tea Party Patriots-Freedomworks (Dick Armey)
Astroturfing at it's finest, brought to you courtesy of the Koch brothers, the Scaife's, the Coors family, and the Walton family.

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catfish20 12/03/11 - 06:45 am
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Another point...The Tea Party

Another point...The Tea Party paid for permits, security, toilet facilities, trash cans (which they used) and obeyed the laws. The WSO have damaged public and private property, cost millions in security, have paid for nothing, cost the tax payers millions, and think rules don't apply to them. Major difference.

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rmwhitley 12/03/11 - 07:13 am
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You can't argue with lefties.
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You can't argue with lefties. They pick up their toys and cry all the way home.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 12/03/11 - 07:32 am
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George Soros...another
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George Soros...another "limousine liberal."

allhans
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allhans 12/03/11 - 08:46 am
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Techfan..Many of the

Techfan..Many of the protesters were paid, or at least they claimed to be. Lots and lots of video clips with the same message. Even advertisements in some publications.
I would love to see some proof for your claims about the TEA Party if you have it.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 12/03/11 - 10:19 am
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Great letter Ms. Shumway.

Great letter Ms. Shumway. Another contrast; most Tea Partiers are middle aged or older who understand that hard work gives you a better chance to be successful, as opposed those OWS types who believe that by acting like spoiled petulant children stomping their feet they'll get their way.

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bjphysics 12/04/11 - 01:49 pm
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Jonestown had Kool-Aid,

Jonestown had Kool-Aid, America has Tea

[On edit: I retract this snark as it is incorrect and nothing more than a mean spirited “fire for effect” comment.]

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harley_52 12/03/11 - 10:53 am
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bjphysics, have you attended

bjphysics, have you attended a Tea Party event, or are you just taking the misinformation spewed by leftist sources as scientific fact?

allhans
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allhans 12/03/11 - 11:07 am
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:)

:)

bjphysics
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bjphysics 12/03/11 - 11:12 am
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Yes and no.

Yes and no.

harley_52
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harley_52 12/03/11 - 11:25 am
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And you compare Tea Party

And you compare Tea Party people to Jonestown's Kool Aid drinkers?

bjphysics
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bjphysics 12/04/11 - 01:52 pm
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Yes Correction, No. [On edit:

Yes

Correction, No. [On edit: I retract my "yes" reply as it is incorrect and follows from the retracted mean spirited “fire for effect” comment seen above.]

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Haki 12/03/11 - 12:03 pm
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I will second the Kool Aid.

I will second the Kool Aid. Look to the history of the Tea Party. As the Koch brothers fly over in their G6 and laugh. I'm sure their saying, "dance puppets!"

allhans
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allhans 12/03/11 - 12:47 pm
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Jones Kool aid drinkers were

Jones Kool aid drinkers were committing murder/suicide. What a simply awful thing to accuse us of. If you want to say kool-aid, (I know you drink that ) then okay. But Jonesboro?

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TParty 12/03/11 - 02:47 pm
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If Soros is dangerous, then

If Soros is dangerous, then the Koch brothers are dangerous. Just rich people wielding their money and influencing people.

I've said from the beginning that Occupy is great- the idea and goal behind it. It's what the Tea Party believes in (Before being taken over by Koch brothers and co.) and stood up for, however instead of holding rallies, the folks of Occupy had protests. Nothing has changed since the Tea Party gained traction, not one thing. Not one goal has been achieved, and the privatized gains and socialized losses continue. The inability to balance the budget continues.

With that said- I went downtown last night, and I saw some graffiti around Augusta that strongly indicates it comes from occupy supporters. That's just here.

I've read too many things about occupy, the most shocking was a woman protesting with her children, using her young toddlers as a barricade and shield to prevent security and police from clearing the way so people can work. It's too much.

From the beginning I have been trying to get the strong tea party supporters involved with the occupy movement, instead of listening to Fox News and automatically dismiss the movement. With no leaders, and structure, and with so many people- the movement will fail. The Tea Party people could have provided everything essential to make the change.

From the beginning the media portrayed that Tea Party as a racist dangerous movement full of rednecks and inbreed hypocrites. Then the Occupy came about, and they were portrayed as liberal hippies without jobs, who don't know anything, and just want the rich to give them a winning lottery ticket.

The corporate media owned by corporations dictated narrative, and corporations will continue to influence congress, and buy lawmakers, and the people of the Tea Party, and Occupy will continue to suffer.

The Tea Party prides itself on putting Tea Party folks into office, but what has changed? Nothing. And what changes the occupy could have brought has been squandered and wasted.

Meanwhile corporations and congress continues to make laws that continue to chip away our freedoms. The SOPA is dangerous to everyday Americans, and it only serves to increase profits for corporations, giving unprecedented powers. The National Defense Authorization Act coming up in the Senate has wording that would let the government lock up any citizen it swears is a terrorist, without the burden of proving its case to an independent judge, and for the lifespan of an nebulous war that conceivably will never end.

The downfall of America is so near....

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allhans 12/03/11 - 06:01 pm
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TParty. Your last sentence

TParty. Your last sentence is so right. Just as fast as Obama can get us there.

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Swampman 12/03/11 - 11:13 pm
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Except, you know what, guys,

Except, you know what, guys, it is not. The downfall of America is not near. Not even close.

The United States of America is having growing pains, in the form of global macroeconomic rebalancing and realignments - "corrections", in the language of modern finance - that reasoned, insightful thinkers have been warning us were coming for years now, whether we wanted to hear it or not. But growing pains notwithstanding, the United States of America remains an economic colossus and a transformative cultural, social and political force on the world stage. We certainly will not be defeated by Islamist revolutionaries, though we will have to accommodate the reality of an emerging Asia.

The only threat to this country is us. If actual reason and rationality is asking too much, then if at least some semblance of sanity returns to the American political discourse, then this great nation will be around for a long, long time to come. Reject the nonsense - the anarchic rejection of tried and true institutions, the bellicose rhetoric of revolution, and the Strangelovian fantasies of domestic enemies that exist only in the fevered imaginations of paranoids. All of it. Please just calm down.

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