RICHMOND, Va. (CBS Washington) – The Richmond Tea Party is accusing Mayor Dwight Jones of taking a soft stance against the “Occupy Richmond” protesters and is demanding that the group pay up.

After nearly three weeks of protests and overnight stays in Kanawha Plaza, the Richmond Tea Party is about to send Jones a bill for about $8,000 on the basis that “Occupy Richmond” has been using the area illegally and for free.

Richmond Tea Party spokeswoman Colleen Owens told CBS Washington that the protesters have been given special treatment and free reign of the park and have not had to comply with the strict liability and security provisions that the city required of a Tea Party Tax Day in 2009.

As the person in charge of the 2009 event, Owens said Richmond officials dictated the number of police and emergency personnel they were required to have on site and required a $1 million liability policy to protect the city. Owens said that when a Tea Party member decided to call the mayor’s office to see if the protesters had required any of the necessary permits for the park, the city said that “Occupy Richmond” didn’t have any requirements for them to protest and stay overnight in Kanawha Plaza.

“We’re forced to comply with the laws, but yet they don’t have to,” she said. “That’s such a blatantly unequal application of the laws.”

Jones, who is scheduled to meet with “Occupy Richmond” protesters today, is accused of being too lenient with the group, which has expanded in size since it was formed to follow suit with “Occupy Wall Street.” The difference in perception between the two groups, as well as Jones’ background of being a child of the 1960s, Owens said, helped make his decision to not charge the group for every day spent in the park.

“When we were applying for our permits, did the city say, ‘Oh never mind, we’re children of the 60s, we believe in the First Amendment’? No, they didn’t tell us that,” she said. “We’re almost being punished for following the law. We do have a problem when others are protesting in the same exact park and they don’t have to follow the same rules.”

Calls and emails made by CBS Washington to “Occupy Richmond” officials and Jones’ office seeking comment were not immediately returned.

The Tea Party hopes to send an invoice to Jones’ office by tomorrow or Monday.

“The Occupiers are still there and [the mayor’s office] need to explain themselves,” Owens said. “Why is it OK for some people to break the law and why is it OK for others to comply with the law? Why is that OK and why is that acceptable? I don’t think that’s acceptable.”

Comments (237)
  1. JohnD says:

    What do you want to bet that the mayr s a Democrat.

    1. CM says:

      I wondered about his political affiliation. Wikipedia has him listed as an Independent, but both Project Vote Smart and Follow the Money identify him as a Democrat. Interesting.

      1. JustAGuy says:

        FYI, Wikipedia is biased to the left. The bias is subtle, but it’s definately there.

      2. arthur brown says:

        f you would like researching a subject without the liberal bias, try Conservapedia.

      3. Jason says:

        Local offices are non-partisan. But he leans Dem.

  2. cntrlfrk says:

    The T.E.A. Party is a respectable establishment.

    These ‘Occupiers’ are just one big flash mob and party.

    Go home kids, there is work to be done.


    1. Sue says:

      Tea Party is so ‘RESPECTABLE’, they are a cross between Mother Theresa and Cub Scouts! I have been in crowds of thousands of Tea Party people and never even heard one curse word! When people bump into one another they say ‘Excuse me!”, they stoop to pick up chewing gum wrappers off the curb, and they shake the hands of law enforcement people and thank them for the work they do! That would seem to be in the CONTRAST arena. Where’s the ‘COMPARE’? Neither is happy with what is going on in government?

      1. Ric says:

        True. Polite, clean and respectful. They also wotk to support themselves instead of hanging out in the park for weeks. Only the “Occupy” crowd can afford to do that.

    2. jrey762 says:

      They’ll go home when they run out of pot to smoke.

      1. Matthew Anziulewicz says:

        No one runs out of that in this country.

    3. LAURIE says:


  3. nobody says:

    Thats what happen when “social justice” takes the place of “equal justice.”

    1. George Johnson says:

      Ding Ding Ding!!!! We have a winner folks!!

    2. Matthew says:

      Very well said, This hits the nail on the head. Brilliant!!!

    3. Jack Kennedy says:

      its callled obamajustice

  4. WereTurtle says:

    This is the same in Boston. The Boston Tea Party had to jump through all the hoops, fill out all the forms, and pay all the necessary fees. However, the Occupy Boston people don’t have to do any of those things because Mayor Menino and the City Council “Agree” with what they have to say.

    1. cliffside says:

      well, they did compensate the ship’s owner and were very careful to not damage any goods or materials other than the tea…so, I guess you’re right

      1. TomB says:

        LOL! But I’m not so sure Mayor Menino and the Boston City Council agree with the Patriots’ views.

    2. ladydi says:

      Pretty scary situation. Have we of reasonable minds now lost the country to anarchy?

      1. Frank says:

        Pretty much. It’s going to get a lot uglier with the usurber-in-chief in the WH. Stock up and lock and load.

      2. Josh says:

        Please do not confuse Anarchy with Socialism. These are two different things. If you want to see a rather “Conservative” perspective on Anarchy please visit or Both are anarchists, but not liberal. Both view the OWS movement as ultra-liberal/semi-communist movements designed to use the force of government to take property from other citizens. Do not fall for the talking heads’ arguments that try to pigeonhole these protestors into different familiar political ideology. Anarchy and Socialism are two very different perspectives like Feudalism and Republicanism only more dramatic. This is not a sliding scale, political ideology, but a sphere. Do your homework and read up on Anarchy before you lump them in with socialists. It is kind of like lumping Tea Party members into the Democratic Party, or OWS into Corpratistism.

    3. Constitution First says:

      I attended both Boston TEA Parties and agree, “Mumbles” Menino is a waste of protoplasm.

  5. mr.max says:

    Birds of a feather flock together; criminals unite – equal justice, not when Democrats are in power.

  6. Leona Laico Galal says:

    Always a higher standard for conservatives, and we meet it. I would STILL rather be a conservative.

    1. Jennifer Kimbrell says:

      hear, hear! 🙂 We’re not afraid of high standadrds!

      1. Jennifer Kimbrell says:

        *standards 🙂

      2. Rob Frey says:

        Conservative yet with a stash my beloved NRA has fought so hard for us to keep for this reason. God help us, i don’t want that.

    2. Frank says:

      To quote Mr. Church, beer beer.

  7. Chicago Ray says:

    You KNOW DAM N WELL the Mayor is a democrat simply by the fact that it’s left out in the story because if he WAS a GOP member or Tea party member they’d be excoriating him in the story and nationwide for breaking the rules and his obviously sick partisan way of running the city.

    SO YES he’s a dem and a black one at that.

  8. Jennifer Kimbrell says:

    I KNEW it! I said last week that if Tea Partiers were making life miserable for the residents around Zuccoti park like OWS is doing, it wouldn’t be tolerated for 1 minute. Now this in Richmond. These people are being held to a different standard than the Tea Party, although the TP is demonstrably better behaved than Occupy is. Why is that? I’m glad to see the TP standing up.

    1. Ivanthedestroyer77 says:

      So long as you people remain divided, You will accomplish nothing. How childish to mock these protestors who have “more stones” then Tea party Members. What did You accomplish? At least they are in it for the LT. While You rant, WS just got another handout. Guess what? YOUR tax dollars were involved -in billions- through the IMF. You are bailing out EU and Shouting Insults at OWS!!! THOSE LAZY DB GREEKS ARE EATING FREE CHEESE AND YOU WERE TAXED FOR IT!!!




      1. Jim in Houston says:

        Ivan put down the bong and come up for air. You are ranting incoherently.

      2. oldpink says:

        Don’t take the brown acid!
        I repeat…DON’T TAKE THE BROWN ACID!

      3. gfy2734 says:

        Ivan, what did we accomplish? Control of the House of Representatives.

      4. George Johnson says:

        And soon to be control of EVERYTHING as soon as we throw the bums out in 2012!!!
        Yeah, you wait….
        Most people see this “protest” for what it is. Nothing but a bunch of communist kids doing what their prefessers told them to do, communist union thugs, and other communist being PAID to be there.
        That’s ONE reason the Tea Party didn’t stay for days and weeks. WE HAVE JOBS and BUSINESSES TO RUN!!

      5. Frank says:

        What did we accomplish? The biggest shelacking of liberals since 1938 in the elections of 2010. And that was just the warmup to 2012.

      6. Ijiwaru Sensei says:

        Ivan, then why aren’t the protesters protesting against the ones handing out the bailouts instead of those receiving them?

  9. czervik says:

    Sue the city of Richmond for the cost of the permits and insurance required.

    Make sure the voters know that the city is all for collecting fees unless the group using the public area is comprised of Socialists/Democrats.

  10. JP says:

    OWS is unwashed and in desperate need of a bath. They are also Acorn members who want to bring down everything that is sacred in America. Finally, I can call them lazy, because they are lazy.

  11. Kate says:

    The tea party had to get permits to gather in Washington D.C., provided portapotties for the people attending, everyone bought their own food and when the tea party left, Washington was clean. Can’t say the same about the flea party. Don’t even try to compare these misinformed and demanding babies to the grownups.

    1. KG says:

      Did you see where the kitchen help at OWS is complaining because the homeless people are posing as protesters to get free food? But OWS doesn’t want to share their FREE food? now is that being a hypocrit or what ? They want some of rich peoples money but when something is taken from them they don’t like it awwww poor babies getting free food and don’t want to share its not fair!!!! GIVE ME A BREAK AND GO THE HELL HOME!!! LOOK FOR A J. O. B.

      1. ROBBOB says:

        I saw that, kind of ironic. Here you have upper middle class punks supposedly protesting for teh down and out and yet they don’t want to eat next tot the down and out. They offer free food to anyone but the homeless.

  12. you guys are foos says:

    Let me Illuminate the situation for you guys because most all of you are in the dark. Don’t fall into the trap of divide and conquer. The tea party has been high jacked bythe global establishment order. Now they r trying to do the same with occupy. A house divided falls on its self. You morons need to wake up the NWO and how it works and get your butts on the streets too!

    1. oldpink says:

      Make sure you get that aluminum foil hat sized properly, and get yourself some new binoculars so you can better scan the skyline for those black helicopters.

    2. gfy2734 says:

      Our butts are at work paying for the butts in the streets.

    3. abbeyconway says:

      HUH? Tea Party hiijacked??? Hardly

  13. Joey Naham says:

    The Tea Partiers are Named after an insanely huge act of Burglary, and stolen property. How can they achieve integral progress, when they’re aiming to suppress actual patriots? It’s micromanaging with pure gaul.

    1. Jim in Houston says:

      The Flea Party is named after a hugely insane bunch of urban terrorists who don’t have the decency to even try to follow the law, e.g. permits, porta potties, garbage collection, etc. so take your BS somewhere else where they don’t know the difference.

      1. WES says:

        Yes, because all great society changing protests throughout history had all the right permits and enough porta potties for those involved. Hey Tea Party, this is what a REAL protest looks like. Stop whining and join them.

      2. Notaflepartymember says:

        Wes, the Tea Party wasn’t a protest… It was a political gathering with the intention of making change through use of the election process and within the law. The OWS weenies are nothing more than a complaining group of weenies that want change because they say so, and without any definition.

    2. oldpink says:

      Oh, okay Wes, yet you have not a word of condemnation for the requirements put on the Tea Party when they held a single day event.
      In other words, you’re a scofflaw, and clearly perfectly content to watch unequal treatment so flagrantly on parade.
      The difference between you and the people in the Tea Party is that the Tea Party would have come to the defense of these Occupy malcontents if the roles were reversed.

      1. Anonymous Citizen says:

        okay, this is why i switched from the TEA party to the Occupy. A bunch of unwashed hippies and misled young kids? of course they are! Nonetheless, applying for permits from the same broken establishment you are protesting really defeats the purpose, all you are doing is paying them for the right to stand up for your rights. Of course the TEA party shouldn’t have forked over the money. The two million man march achieved what? Control of the house? And yet the global banking cartels are still in power. Of course, those of you who consider us ‘conspiracy theorists’ can happily vote for Rick Perry or Boehner or whatever other globalist stooge you want. seriously, if you ‘mature adults’ had just joined them, the divide and conquer strategy would have fallen apart. Instead, the GOP pulled out a bunch of flags and bibles and you fell back in line. Baa, baa. Get off your butts and go make a real difference, before the worldwide revolution against the NWO becomes the global communist revolution. Do you really think these teenagers and young adults have any chance of knowing what’s going on? You fell for Glenn Beck and O’Reilly, and you blame them for making the same mistakes.
        Be an adult, stop whining and get back to DC. After all, the bailouts you protested still happened, and keep on happening.

    3. Rick O'Shea says:

      That’s not entirely true. The TEA party name was actually adopted because the original tea party and Taxed Enough Already happen to apply to the movement.
      The movement of OWS is mostly bowel.

      1. dave says:

        Dear anonymous, do you not know what Obama and Soros stand for? Do you not know that the American Nazi and Communist parties both support the occupiers? Do you not know that the unions are behind this also? Don’t you know that stupid young people are the ones used by the communists to bring about revolution? You need to go back and study your history. Communist demonize capitalism and urge the proletariat to rise up overthrow the existing government so they can install a communist dictatorship. Then they go out and kill all those who brought them into power because they know they are the ones who will give them the most trouble. We have a lot of problems in our country but the solution is not to change toward socialism or communism but rather to move back to what made us great to begin with, limited government and freedom.

    4. Constitution First says:

      The difference is perfectly clear:

      One group is hard-working, law-abiding, baby boomers, working within the system for a return to fiscal sanity.

      The other is a mob of dope-smoking, trust-fund babies burning the city down demanding “free stuff” from a monster government required to provide it.

      Pick one.

    5. DJH says:

      Actual patriots? Based on the definition of whom?
      You hypocrites on the left don’t get to dictate what is and isn’t patriotic – you blindly attack a majority of Americans, who ARE NOT LIBERAL, and are incapable of actually defending your ideology without mindless attacks.
      Sooner or later you’ll grow up and realize ideology does not equal intellect… then again, probably not.

    6. ironchefofmunchies says:

      The Tea Party stands for Taxed Enough Already.

      While “insanely huge act of burglary and stolen property” is spot on-it’s the GOVERNMENT doing so- using “equality” and “fairness” as the smoke screen to justify their theft.

      PS: Why don’t you address why one had to pay fees and the other does not?
      Answer: Because you have no problem with the double standard, so long as it benefits your side.

      Grow up kid.

    7. ironchefofmunchies says:

      “Some animals are more equal than others”

      Orwell was spot on in seeing the future Democrat Party. Right down to the “newspeak” they use.

  14. Gail Newman says:

    Tea party should get a judgemen against cityt to reimburse them for the expenses they had incurred since the flea party did not pay.

  15. Gail Newman says:

    Tea party should definitely get a judgement against city for bogus costs incurred since no one else pays similar costs for their events.

  16. Gail Newman says:

    where is my comment?

    1. Constitution First says:

      Try using different wording. Some sites screen for certain words. Often times it’s censoring obscenity, but Iv’e had sites filter my comments for political bias. Think: about what Key Words you using. T r y s p a c i n g T h o s e w o r d s.

  17. Lazybum says:

    Simple-next Tea Party is a Free Party! Put the permit $ in escrow for the city, collectible as soon as the OWS pays THEIR bill to the Gubermeint!

  18. jef says:

    And they wonder why they are run out of office. This bastrad needs to be impeached.

  19. Darth Lib says:

    You mean, the crowd screaming for others to pay their “fair share” in taxes, are unwilling to pay THEIR “fair share” in permits and such?? nahhh….. say it isn’t so?

  20. jeffer says:

    We’re Taxed Enough Already but more than willing to impose more taxes, fees and fines on those people over there. No hypocrisy here, seriously.

    You will not have freedom until you are willing to allow your neighbors to be free as well. Maintain an adversarial relationship with your neighbors and don’t act surprised when they call the gov’t guns in on you.

    1. Esteban Cafe says:

      Sir, your comment is unenlightened: both groups apparently approached the legal authorities for permits and one was given a sweeter deal than the other. Both knowingly entered into a ‘contract’ with the state; one kept it the other broke it–with the state winking at the broken contract.

  21. MarkR says:

    What a bunch of whiners.” Waaaaa, we had to get permits, why don’ t they? No fair Mommy! Tell Jimmy to stop! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.”

    1. gran3 says:

      Well, we would have been thrown in jail by your party. No permits purchased by Tea Party – throw them in the jail. That’s exactly what would have happened, and, if you were an honest soul, you would admit it.
      Tea Party folks are not lawless. We just want our country back from people who are.

  22. MarkR says:

    I can’t remember the last time the nation was able to witness the embarrassingly sanctimonious nonsense of the right so clearly. Every day and on virtually every forum where OWS protests are being discussed, one finds comments like those here, asserting the superiority, moral and otherwise, of the Tea Party and conservatives in general . You folks appear not to appreciate that most Americans are far more accepting of others than you are. Most Americans don’t nod in agreement when you repeat the mocking mantras about dirty smelly lazy pot smoking hippie communists. This ridicule honestly makes me sick. Fortunately most thinking Americans know this is just more of the same ugly conservative nonsense that’s been around since Nixon and Agnew were wailing about hippies and appealing to the “silent majority”. Some things never change.

  23. DaveOregon says:

    The Tea Party was wrong to paid the fees etc? Really? The yperformed a lawful act in a lawful manner in a country where the rule of law is supreme. They acheived the take over of the House – which was in play – not the Senate yet – and have been giving the established Dems and Repubs in the House and Senate (where they can) fits – Pelosi is gone; boehner has never cried so much. The OWS? – bbunch of frick’in antisocial, anarchist, Marxist cry babies! Now they don’t want to share food with the homeless! Now they are crying about other OWS folks ripping off their computers, iPads, etc and what the police to help them – even though they are breaking the law and committing an uncivil act because they did not have the brains or morality (yes, morality) to simply apply for permits and pay for it. They are PARASITES. You can’t explain it any other way. The 99%? No – the economic, vitality sucking lazyass whiners that unwed mothers, socialist educational system, and nanny state policies have created. Frankly – I wish Mother Nature” would simply have a good old earthquake or veerrrry deeeeppp sink hole open up in these parks and “cleanse” the PARASITES from our midsts!

    1. Rob Frey says:

      Dave the clean up will be when the freedom loving hard working Americans stand up and say no more. Its not going to be pretty, the answer is pointing straight to this. This up rise was brought on by Obama the great divider the day i heard he tweeted i knew we were in for trouble, i read about OWS about three months before and was told by many wont happen. Just wait two weeks from now it’s going to multiply in violence. Anybody but Obama for president, he did not let me down i saw it all along. I am for Cain so far, although i would be better than all of them but hung by the press for having a life with a past that isn’t perfect. I do have the first and on birth certificate issued on me which i will be demanding from now on.

  24. abbeyconway says:

    The idiot is afraid of the Occupy protesters. They are thugs and hoodlums and will occupy HIS house. Low life bottom feeders are the Occupy Wall Street people. They don’t want jobs; they want more welfare! That is their dumb mentality. Morons.

  25. AndThenWhat says:

    It’s not too late to spank these snot-nosed brats.

  26. Yestical says:

    Isn’t it obvious why the TP had to pay up? The mayor knew that the Koch Bros. would readily finance their Party’s “protest” and so why not make some extra dough for the city? Good luck trying to get a penny from the OWS protestors.

    1. Lance Pubis says:

      Well then why doesn’t the City just get money for George Soros and SEIU; they could also hunt down the guys that used to be in ACORN because they are the ones funding this “spontaneous” protest.

      At this point the country has basically become the Hatfields and McCoys.

  27. Dave Cook says:

    Winter is coming.

  28. Ron Burgandy says:

    Some protesters are more equal than others.

  29. zucccchini says:

    Tea Party sympathizers should perhaps help the cause by emailing, faxing and calling those city officials that are displaying an obvious prejudice. There are more of us then them.

  30. Indy says:

    Same reason ILLEGAL immigrants don’t have to follow the law. The message being that law abiding citizens are stupid.

  31. JoeDrager says:

    I’m sure the check is in the mail. Probably feces stained.

  32. hairyharry says:

    Such a difference between these guys in the Tea Party ..So glad I’m on on the side I’m on. .. and Obama’s slogan is “we can’t wait” ?? Guess what … We can’t either … oh yeah, bring on Nov. 6, 2012

  33. weew says:

    Liberals should thank Gaia every day that conservatives are law-abiding. They wouldn’t like it very much if we weren’t. You see, the “silent majority” and the “sleeping giant” are the same thing.

  34. Tim says:

    The Tea Party made the mistake of following the legal code.
    If the follow the law as private citizens they too would
    lawfully have no need to pay any fees or purchase insurance.
    As A private man they would only be liable for ‘harm and damage done
    to an injured party’.

  35. B. Goldwater says:

    It’s Bush’s Fault!

  36. astralweeks says:

    Some years ago my sister-in-law had debates about outbased education, which was where they taught ‘there are no wrong answers,’ and ‘built the children’s self-esteem,’ even when they put forth no effort. I remember telling her it’ll be interesting when these kids graduate and get out in the real world and realize all that phony esteem stuff doesn’t apply. That’s what we’re seeing with these occupy people. They thought they’d graduate and get six figure jobs, when reality dictates what it’s always been, you have to work hard to get there. They don’t want to work hard, they’d rather whine.

  37. USA USA says:

    our current government assures the tea party of today is no less valid than in 1773. lines are being drawn and choices will have to be made. our framers accounted for it. paper pitchforks are being sharpened for next november. that is if occupy does not force an issue before then. if push does come to shove, their adolescent intellect will realize that the spirit of 1773, will be no party at all. occupation will fall. as for richmond city, kingdom of mediocrity and racist politics. once an idea becomes any more legitimate than pretending (occupy movement), it moves to a real city. unless of course there is a beer truck and band.

  38. xdemocrat says:

    Isn’t it great when our government shackles freedom with excessive regulation and then selectively enforces, or ignores, the very rules they use to control the citizenry?

  39. arthur brown says:

    All Massachusetts people who like the Occupy Wall Street idea should consider Elizabeth Warren for Senator. She is taking credit for it.

  40. celador2 says:

    Universal application of the law is what the republic rests. Special privileges and cronyisms wilol not do. Good for teaparty to point out to mayor the double standard on ofees and regulations with independent tea party and the Demcoratic based OWS Richmond.

  41. Not Chicken Little says:

    All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

    Never thought I’d really see “1984” and “Animal Farm” come true in my lifetime – can’t happen here! Huh.

    Of course nowadays the spoiled kiddies don’t have to read and understand things like that – not the right kind of propaganda appropriate to creating a socialist state.

  42. Constitution First says:

    Clearly Richmond’s City Hall is on-board with Radical Socialism.

    I wonder if they’ll still feel those warm and fuzzies when the Commies torch their downtown businesses?

    File under: “Know your enemy”

  43. Cogiito says:

    We are no longer a country of laws. We are a country of Liberals.

    When government refuses to apply equal treatment under the law, it is tyranny.

  44. Atlas Collins says:

    Some people are more equal than others … especially if they hate AMerica and are marxist filth.

  45. grammarnut says:

    “free rein” not “free reign”

  46. 911 Patriot says:

    Other Tea Party organizations should follow this example. Sue the folks that let this go on. First and foremost NY “major” (using this term for him loosely) Bloomberg. Its costing law abiding tax payers too much money to protect this leftist financed crowd from itself. If they (the ows crowd) would want to demonstrate anything/ anywhere they should camp out on the White House lawn and blame our “fearless” “miss-leader in chief” and his party.

  47. AlexU says:

    My goodness! How can you expect the “99%” to follow the same rules as the “1%”??? Foolish people.

  48. Realist says:

    Oh, so poor, unemployed people shouldn’t be allowed to protest.
    Gotta have money to protest. Typical pig logic of the greedy and selfish.

  49. Ro Syurs says:

    I think her anger stems from not being a real person. the tea party isn’t a real party so the people in it aren’t real people and everybody knows people who aren’t real people don’t have real people rights. not even on christmaS.

  50. Tim says:

    A bunch of lazy commie pinkos trying to develop more wards of the state, so that they’ll have a vote base in the future. It is criminal. Use the RICO laws to prosecute those looking the other way and enabling these losers.

  51. Schweik says:

    All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

  52. Barry A Kenyan says:

    The mayor is a racist thug! He is showing that he does not treat all people the same way and oviously he feels some are better then other! If you are tea party then you are no worthy…… Bill the city and sue his worthless ass.

  53. Paul says:

    What a surprise, liberals think that laws don’t apply to them and everyone owes them something. I will never understand the whole self entitlement mentality. If you want more, do more. Life isn’t easy but it rewards hard work.

  54. James Stoffaire says:

    Maybe the ACLU will see this as a travesty of justice and take up the Tea Party’s case?

    Dream on!

  55. phillysmart says:

    this is another example of what I’ve been saying for some time….the democrats have saturated the government at every level and have turned the government against the majority….the government, the press and many institutions have waged a war against a large portion of our population who are not socialist… get special treatment is you are a leftist socialist and scorn or demogoguery if you are anything else….wake up America the enmy has infiltrated our government and they mean you harm

  56. nunya says:

    Well, They are probably taking it so easy on them because anything else would be like picking on the mentally handicapped kid.

  57. phillysmart says:

    here it is in a nutshell…president Obama and the democrats are organizing and controlling the nit wits ….and they don’t have to follow the rules

  58. Jerry Frey says:

    An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. Plutarch d AD 120

  59. a p garcia says:

    It is fair for any organization to pay for meeting in city land or else the city is showing favortism.

  60. Justme says:

    This fits with the Left’s Orwellian views. Some are more equal than others.

  61. RHO says:

    The Tea Party should file a lawsuit, seek redress with damages.

  62. Bombastic says:

    Not to mention that fact that you’re mean-spirited, cruel in tone, self-indulged, and just another uneducated high school drop out (or soon to be) bound for an early grave (if prison don’t save you from it)..

    Good luck!

  63. Darrel says:

    Richmond needs to either charge occupy the same fees, or return the tea parties funds back to them in total. If they don’t – sue the city! Hypocritical lying thieving liberals and democrats need to be taken to task!

    1. Think about it.... says:

      It is a giant money laundering game. Don’t collect the fees from the protesters so that they can finance bigger politicians at higher levels. If you collect fees from the conservative crowd, the city gets paid and the bigger conservatives at higher levels get less money to finance campaigns.

  64. Ghostsouls says:

    Either they need to reimburse the Tea Party for anything the OWS people have not paid for, OR Bill the OWS the same as the Tea Party. No special treatment.

  65. majric says:

    Lovely place. The premiere Richmond country club, Country Club of Virginia, doesn’t allow Jews, Blacks or North Carolinians as members. They once turned down Louis Reynolds, of Reynold’s Metals Co., because he spelled his name with a “y” and was from NC. Lovely crowd. When visiting Richmond remember to set your watch back 150 years.

  66. Reagan Rocks says:

    Since no permits are issued for OWS to use the park, the park should be available for use. If I were the Tea Party I would file a permit request to use the park this weekend and next weekend for an event. Since it is not reserved, the city should be forced to clear it and give it to the people with the proper permits.

    1. Think about it... says:

      Nice idea! I don’t think these people will leave though. Look at what is happening in Oakland, CA. The police moved the protesters because they could not legally be where they were settled. Oakland is now a “poster child” for the movement 🙁

  67. Gene says:

    Conservatives need to boycott by not visiting these cities. These thugs don’t spend money like we would.

  68. Nicolas Edwards says:

    Why are the tea party complaining. They decided to pay for their right of free speech and assembly. It’s not anyones fault but theirs. They should have taken the case to court appeald it to the highest level and tried to “win” our rights back at the federal level. Instead they through money at it so they could protest. That the problem guys…. not everyone has money to put this stuff together but everyone is supposed to have the right to .

  69. Toni C says:

    When our city tried to extort money from my Tea Party group for holding a rally in a PUBLIC PARK, we stood up to them and told them we didn’t have to PAY for our FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT to peaceably assemble. The city backed down and we held our rally.

    This Richmond Tea Party group is a bunch of wimps for grovelling to the city and paying for something that the Constitution GUARANTEES them as a RIGHT.

  70. FRANKOK says:

    AdBusters who started the Flea Party is an “anti-consumerist” publication financed by, among other sources, the Georgie Soros-funded Tides Foundation. Dissent is fine but the leaders such as AdBusters want this obituary:

    Born 1776, Died 2012

    In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

    “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover

    that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

    “The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

    From bondage to spiritual faith;

    From spiritual faith to great courage;

    From courage to liberty;

    From liberty to abundance;

    From abundance to complacency;

    From complacency to apathy;

    From apathy to dependence;

    From dependence back into bondage.”

    We must not let the new Bolsheviks write the obituary – read all about the 20 million DEAD

  71. doppelganger says:

    they should pay more since they leave 100000% more garbage than a tea party gathering.

    they are the flea party

  72. Craig says:

    I support OWS. I have been a lifelong republican, and in fact I voted for Pat Buchanan in 2000. I am extremely conservative. But the republican party only cares about the elites now, and the middle class is disposable to them. The republican corporate CEOs and CFOs have shipped millions of middle class jobs to China, India and Mexico and who knows where else. All electronic manufacturing here in TX has gone elsewhere. So, from now on I am voting democratic. No, I don’t think democrats have the solution either. But, republicans just want the OWS people back in their parents basement or back to their homeless shelters. I haven’t been able to find a job in 2.5 years, and I’m a good electronics technician. I will be voting democrat from now on until the republican cares about the middle class again.

  73. drphil69 says:

    Equal protection under the law?

    Some are more equal than others….


  74. Gary says:

    these occupiers have developed & existed in an “entitlement world”…absent any personal responsibility…of course their socialist caretaker politicians (or their socialist parents) will cheer on their radical behaviors & give them all trophies & more special treatment when they get home

  75. meghan says:

    I am definitely a liberal but I think you do a disservice to your cause by making this political. Turn it into what it is, there should be equal treatment for all. I feel the occupy people should be paying if tea party had to. We complain for tax hikes yet walk away from money the city could use for public services? I just want to put in that even crazy liberals can see the logic and fairness sometimes!

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