This probably took less time than one of Obama's golf trips... probably about the same time as his March Madness bracket.
I am a conservative libertarian and usually vote Republican. I do not agree with the message of the Occupy movement. That does not mean I condone the actions of the THP nor the policy authorized by Gov. Haslam. This event does not change my political convictions, however, it does leave me disgusted the administration of the state I love. Gov. Haslam and any other elected officials responsible for the passing of such policy is a coward if he is afraid to answer to chants and the calls of the people of Tennessee, petitioning the government of redress of grievances. There is no time frame given in the Constitution. If you want to say no tents, or no sleeping on the plaza, I see no reason that should be a problem. However, the blatant ignorance of constitutional rights by officials that we have given the power to by our vote is appalling. Thank you, Tom Nelson, for standing up for our rights. People, we've been divided hatefully for too long, to the right and too the left. Whether your liberal or conservative, libertarian, Tea Party, or Occupier, this should be something that we are not silent about.
Dixie, Based on observations and reports at OWS, I'm not sure this movement WANTS the police around. The Constitution doesn't grant police protection for 1st Amendment exercises, that I'm aware of.
I think a large group of anti-occupiers should go down and attempt to change the consensus vote to leave the plaza and never return. Would that work?
The bottom line is that they are illegal aliens that we've started to lean on over the years. Whether or not jobs and businesss collapse to their leaving is a side product of illegal activity. It's illegal to hire them, if your company fails because they leave... I'm sorry. At least you aren't in jail.
Maybe Tennesseans are just smart enough to realize that the $250K plus group already pays a much higher percentage, and the majority of the taxes collected on personal income, and it isn't fair for them to pay any more. If I had it my way, everyone would pay a flat tax percentage rate, top to bottom of the income spectrum. Or a national sales tax. And no deductions either way. It works for us here in Tennessee, however, some items are not taxed and should be. Disclaimer: I make less than $40K/year, and I have no trust fund.
Rocketown is private, non-profit organization and can welcome anyone or turn away anyone they want. Just like any of you can welcome or turn away anyone you want from your home. The sad part is you don't seem to care about that or are just too ignorant to understand. You just want what you want with no consideration of others. A conservative, religious organization has raised funds and put together a community outreach ministry to try to curtail crime and keeps kids from turning to drugs, robbery, gangs, etc. If they let just anyone in, it would destroy the values they uphold and the message that there are trying to spread. You all want to make an issue of the fact that they denied some bands. Ok. In the grand scheme of things, who has been wronged? And with some of the bands, you can't have an all age show anyway, given their lyrics. So stop whining that someone has something you want and they won't let you in. Go get your own Rocketown.
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