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An open letter and warning from a former tea party movement adherent to the Occupy Wall Street movement

I didn't write this letter but it's well worth the read, as well as are the responses below it:

I don't expect you to believe me. I want you to read this, take it with a grain of salt, and do the research yourself. You may not believe me, but I want your movement to succeed. From a former tea partier to you, young new rebels, there's some advice to prevent what happened to our now broken movement from happening to you. I don't agree with everything your movement does, but I sympathize with your cause and agree on our common enemy. You guys are very intelligent and I trust that you will take this in the spirit it is intended.

I wish I could believe this Occupy Wall Street was still about (r)Evolution, but so far, all I am seeing is a painful rehash of how the government turned the pre-Presidential election tea party movement into the joke it is now. We were anarchists and ultra-libertarians, but above all we were peaceful. So, the media tried painting us as racists. But when that didn't work they tried to goad us into violence. When that failed, they killed our movement with money and false kindness from the theocratic arm of the Republican party. That killed our popular support.

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reading . . .

I don't think I could KNOW unless I were there . . .

whether this is bona fide or not.

I'm not there, so i don't know. I hope that for all of those who are 'true' who are there . . .

they will be heard.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Had to be said -

now, will anyone listen?

Wholeheartedly agree that the 'face' of this effort should be a responsible, intelligent, and organized one.

No violence, no filthy language, peaceful and approachable.

Approachable being the MOST important thing. This will bring many on the sidelines, who may have an important voice, to participate and add much needed legitimacy.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

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This is an important OP. Read the letter

AND the responses over at Redditt. I am amazed at the positive, openness of the responders. They want to learn, they want to get it right, to find real solutions that work.
These mostly are mis-educated people groping for answers. We have those answers and can help us all.

Movements like this

are messy, disjunct, passionate, and un-organized. People are speaking out - and that is a good thing.

Two primary outcries are civil liberties and financial related. Which is true to the current issues of our time.

2 major questions are:

Will we be a nation that allows more or less government?


Can we rally support around a Constitutional amendment that separates the government completely and cleanly from the free market?

That is where this protest is going...

"It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

--Samuel Adams

Bookmarked and bumped

to study later, interesting so far.

Prepare & Share the Message of Freedom through Positive-Peaceful-Activism.

Why is the movement now occupying the Federal Reserve?

In Chicago, In Boston and spreading. These folks started this long before Jones said anything. You guys are wrong. This is a fluid movement that clearly can use the help of educated Ron Paul supporters. We are already involved. I find this rush to division on DailyPaul suspicious, especially when the Occupy Movement has already motivated Americans to occupy the Federal Reserve in several cities. Why are you not discussing this?

Ron Paul on Occupy Wall Street:
“But I think that the majority of them think government is the problem and taxes are too high and they know that the Federal Reserve plays a role in this, which, of course, is something I agree with.”

I find it

You ask why people on Daily Paul are disagring with you, and isn't that suspicious - sowing discord.

I find it suspicious you've only been here *two hours*. LOL.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

I think

the main difference here is that the original Tea Party movement had real grassroots, and real principles, but was taken over along the way by the neocons.

In contrast, the OWS was always a planned establishment communist event from its first conception, and was never taken over, and is still firmly under control by the operatives who run it. The lie about "leaderless movement" is really quite a joke. Who are the leaders? Well, the same ones who are organizing the rest of the communist protests world-wide this month, all as a big coordinated effort.
It's their "big push".

The OWS movement is 100% about oppression and how they can get more of it.

I think you missed the point

I think you missed the point of the post.

Follow the link. Read the posts, and the responses.

Realise this. These are normal people, that see the same problems as you do, but have largely arrived at a different solution set.

They are also seeing their views miscast. Like the Tea Party did. That is making lightbulbs go on.

Whoever / whatever go this started, it can easily go wild. Encourage that. If the Tea Party can be stolen from our grass roots.. well their grass roots can still steal 'Occupy'.