Guest Saturday with My Tea Party Chronicle

The folllowing essay was originally published by Cheryl at My Tea Party Chronicle on Wednesday, October 5, 2011.


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We are occupied everywhere, not just on Wall Street or Los Angeles or Boston, or  Chicago.  We’ve been occupied in our  schools and universities, our public squares, our local governments, our professional organizations, and our daily lives by what seem like aliens who have taken over the country.  I don’t recognize these people.  They don’t seem like my countrymen.  Boy, that sounds like paranoia, eh??  But wait a minute.  What do I mean?

Does anyone know what is the point of the “occupiers” on Wall Street?  They don’t like fat cats?  They don’t like billionaires?  They don’t like millionaires? The don’t like businesses? They don’t like …..tea partiers?  They don’t like capitalism?  What exactly about capitalism have these young, vocal, occupiers ever experienced, I wonder.  What possesses a young person to sit around outside in front of buildings with signs and MAC laptops complaining about capitalism?  Very curious indeed.  But we are “occupied” with lots of these people.  And what do they want?  Sounds like they want more federal government occupation of the United States and they sure as heck don’t want individual rights or individual economic success.

I helped organize a town hall for candidates for our tea party recently.  The town hall took place last evening.  All 6 of our council seats are up for grabs.  And the mayor’s position is available, too.  16 candidates, 3 of whom are for mayor, the rest for council were in attendance.  We asked the candidates questions regarding what their views are on our city debt, taking grants and subsidies with strings, having a financial gun held to our heads by planners to adopt Smart Growth, consolidation with other unelected governance orgs., etc.  I discovered that the majority of them are not at all concerned about the federal government controlling our city budget with mandates.  A few were aware of that, but several of them just said this is the way it is and we might as well get used to it.  Occupied.  By the federal government in small town U.S.A.  We do have a few candidates who see the hand-writing on the wall and are willing to step up and fight back.  Just a few. And will they get elected?  In an off year election??  Who knows.

I think for me the point of our town hall was to find out who the “occupiers” are and vote against them.  Not just the incumbents, but those “occupiers” running for the seats.  You see, this fight against “occupiers” is not just against the Federal government and the White House occupier, though that is a big part of it.  This fight against “occupiers” is now in our home towns.  And home towns are financially struggling, so “occupiers” promising buckets of money are not so rejected as you might like to think.  American home towns are for sale?  To “occupiers?”

Some of you might remember Mayberry RFD.  That T.V. series was fiction, but somewhat based on and in a little town in North Carolina called Mt. Airy.  Mt. Airy sits at the top of our state in a rural area.  And, guess what? Unelected planning boards and an unelected city manager are threatening the city with doing it (the greenway) or …losing grants and subsidies from the state and the feds.  In the town in which I live, all of this advice comes through the city planning department and the city manager, too.  All singing from the same songbook, about benefits of quality of life, about job creation, et al.  I am giving this example of Mt. Airy because I want you to multiply Mt. Airy in your mind to every single small town, medium sized city, and large megalopolis in the country.  The song is always the same.

“Commissioner Teresa Lewis also backed the plan, while responding to a  comment by Anderson that if Mount Airy officials don’t accept the state  funding, “someone else will.” As someone whose politics fall right of  center, Lewis said she has problems with how big government operates and  forces localities to play along in order to gain funding for worthy  projects.” (“worthy?”  Says who?)

“We’re hearing here today that to play the game — and it’s really unfortunate and I don’t like it — is something we have to do.”Read more:  Mount Airy News – City officials debate greenway connector costs

Who is she “hearing” that from?
“City Manager Barbara Jones informed board members and audience members  early on that the $2.2 million from the state won’t fund the entire cost  of the connection. “We’re anticipating this project to be four-million  plus,” Jones said of the total price tag for the work to link the Emily  B. Taylor and Ararat River greenways.”

Can Mt. Airy afford this greenway??  No.  But they are “occupied,” like the rest of us.  Little Mt. Airy has to cough up $430,000.00 for this.  But their state taxes and my state taxes will be paying for it, too.
“Specifically, board members had to decide not only whether to accept  $2.2 million approved by the N.C. Department of Transportation for the  connector project, but allocating $430,000 in city funding that also  will be required.

So is America “occupied?”  By whom?  It isn’t just a few thousand misled and indoctrinated college students camping out on Wall Street.  It is the Federal government camping out in your city planning department with a bucketful of money borrowed from other countries.  And it is the tragic capitulation of council members and commissioners who can’t seem to see the forest for the trees and realize what a fraud they are committing against the citizens in their towns and America by going along with this madness.


9 thoughts on “Guest Saturday with My Tea Party Chronicle

  1. Cheryl…

    Go to disqus and download their comments software. It is free and much better than bloggers.. It allows people to sign in a number of ways. People were telling me that they could not comment last week and apparently it has been solved.


  2. Every time I read articles like this, it only serves to further cement in me the truth of The Second Amendment.

    My God, what is really going to happen to us as a Nation? It is and has ever been the “Us vs. Them” war. Today, thanks to modern media and social networking, it is just easier to see.

    Long Live the Republic, indeed.

  3. The nanny staters, like good drug pushers, know how to keep their clients hooked. It’s almost impossible for a welfare recipient or a state or a local government to turn down what they see as easy money from the Federal government. The only way to cure an addiction is is cut off the addicted from the source of the addiction. That means we will solve this problem only when we win control of Washington a put a stop to these programs.

  4. Hey… looks like comments works to me. 😉

    A kinda pet peeve of mine is when progressives/liberals tell the rest of the world what conservatives want or think. They are ALWAYS wrong.

    Same is true of conservatives telling the world what progressives/liberals want or think.

    They are always wrong, too.

    Of the “Occupy …” the author asks…
    “They don’t like fat cats? They don’t like billionaires? They don’t like millionaires? The don’t like businesses? They don’t like …..tea partiers? They don’t like capitalism?”

    Imho, the author is asking the wrong questions.

    From my reading what appears to be emerging from the amorphous mass is that they want Wall Street and the top 1% of all wage earners to be held accountable for causing and profiting off the Great Recession. (among many other silly things)

    At its core it appears to be what the “Occupy Wall Street” by all the “We are the 99%” movement is all about.

    That is a viewpoint not far removed from many Tea Partiers. What originally stirred the Tea Party’s protest-based emergence was opposition to TARP and Wall Street Bailouts. That is probably why Libertarian Ron Paul has been talked about in both movements.

    Tea Partiers and Occupy Wall Streeter’s should be blood brother, but they aren’t.

    That is because Tea Partiers don’t like getting high off side-stream marijuana smoke. lol!!!

    1. AZ…I didn’t mean to ask the wrong questions…sorry. Did I make too much of a leap from the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd to the main gist of my article, which was we are being “occupied” in the entire country by the statists? There is a huge divide between the tea party movement and the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd….and that is the goals are not even close to being the same. It may be that Corporatism or Crony Capitalism is a common enemy, but the OWS folks are wanting totalitarian control by government of all business and all of everything. The tea partiers want the government to stop the crony part and just get back to capitalism and, within the reason of limited government, leave us the hell alone. My point was we are already “Occupied” and would like that to end. I do see an axis point where the two groups are complaining about the same problem…but the solutions are light years apart. So, no, they should not be blood brothers. More like polar opposites. Just explaining…

    2. P.S. One person yesterday was able to comment…was a first timer and my MAC guru I contacted for advice. Not sure why he was able to do it, but no one else has been able to. Am still checking on this.

  5. Cheryl,

    You have hit the nail on the head! You have described perfectly how the central planners get down into our small towns and counties and tell us how it’s going to be. Jim is right, they use drug pushing techniques with the money and mandates. Most of these small town officials have absolutely NO CLUE what its really all about. This is how Agenda 21 plays into the occupation of America.

    The dufus hippies on Wall Street are unwittingly protesting the same people who have brought all this UN and central planning micromanagement upon us. It is Wall Street who gives liberals and RINOS their campaign cash to keep pushing this totalitarian crap on us all.

    Most of your small town politicos are about as dumb as a box of rocks. Maybe we should start some sort of education project to send Agenda 21 and similar info to the local officials of America to wake some people up. I’m all about solutions and not just complaining.

  6. This is very well done, Cheryl. One further thing on the occupiers (I like your terminology, a lot, by the way) many, many states have adopted the International Property Management Code. If you haven’t read it, you should. Did you know that your ‘Code Enforcement Official’ can cite you for your business having messy shelves? He can!

    When I first read that code I thought that the Legislature didn’t read it. I’m no longer sure that I think that. They surely seem to have forgotten that it is NOT Their property.

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