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The Difference Between Checkers and Chess


 Tea party activists on Thursday accused officials in at least four cities of giving preferential treatment to anti-Wall Street protesters, and one group in Richmond is asking the city to repay $8,000 spent for permits and other needs.

In addition to Richmond and Charlottesville, Va., tea party groups in Washington and Atlanta said Occupy protesters have openly defied police and local officials without consequence.

Are they right? Of course they are. Are they making their point in a way that’s rather whiny, and is going to end up hurting their organizations in the long run? Yep. Walk with me.

I’m going to speak about Richmond, since I’m kinda familiar with their mayor and the way their city council thinks. Here’s a play-by-play of what’s about to transpire:

  • Mayor Jones is going to tell the Richmond Tea Party (hereinafter “RTP”) to kick rocks. You can’t expect a sworn Democrat with an opportunity to support a group that is billed as the “counter” to the Tea Party movement to provide some cover for that group. OF COURSE he’s going to sympathize with Occupy Richmond, and OF COURSE he’s going to make life as difficult for RTP as he can. With that assumption…
  • RTP is going to sue, or make a lot of noise about threatening to sue. The fundraising email has already gone out (“we’re gonna fight this ’til the end!! DONATE NOW!!”). Yes, they’d probably win their lawsuit, but it’s not going to get to that point, because…
  • At some point, the city and RTP will settle for an “undisclosed amount.” Which someone will promptly leak as half of the money RTP paid in fees to the city. By this time, Occupy Richmond will have either a) shut down completely (unlikely) or b) moved to “occupy” a new location after a lot of “suggesting” by the city. Meanwhile, the lawyer bills for RTP will be adding up, so…
  • RTP will have to spend a good majority of the year fundraising to pay for lawyers in a) a continuing legal fight or to clean up the ensuing mess. By now, we’re probably into the early months of 2012.

As we all know, there’s a couple important elections in 2012; a state primary, election of the House and a new senator, and a small presidential election. Drag this out until March, and the opportunity to make a difference in the presidential primary diminishes. Until June, same for the Senate primary. Until after Labor Day 2012, and…well, you get the point.

Sun Tzu said it best…”The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Give someone the opportunity to bog you down on principle, knowing that your movement is based in standing on principle 100% of the time, and guess what…you wake up one day defeated or ineffective, with no idea why, when all the signs were right in your face.


Tea party activists on Thursday called for nationwide rallies to protest what they see as preferential treatment given to anti-Wall Street protesters.

“Since the ‘Occupy’ protesters are allowed to exercise their First Amendment rights without having to pay fees to the local government, we expect that the same courtesy will be extended to those in the Tea Party movement that are doing the same,” a spokesperson said. “If that courtesy is not extended, then the hypocrisy of that decision will be on display for the world to see.”

That, friends, is how you make an argument without wasting any of your own resources.


Written by Coby Dillard

October 28, 2011 at 8:00 am

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  1. Thought provoking post, Coby.

    Sara for America

    October 30, 2011 at 10:42 am

  2. I have essentially said the same thing to Tea Partiers, to no avail. When you whine about how you did the ‘right thing’ and point fingers at the people who are doing the wrong thing, you lose the moral high ground and look like a bunch of little children. Sadly, you got it right about their series of moves. Hope it wasn’t a ‘Pyrrhic’ victory.


    November 12, 2011 at 12:00 am

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