We overheard this phone conversation recently between tea party activist Bill Francis and his 19-year-old daughter and Wall Street occupier Serena:
Bill: I understand why you’re protesting but I think you’re missing the point.
Serena: What’s that?
Bill: You’re mad at rich people and upset that you can’t get a job.
Bill: And you think that by camping out on the street you’ll get attention?
Serena: We’ve already made a difference.
Bill: Tell me how?
Serena: The media is talking about our issues.
Bill: They’re just using you.
Serena: So what.
Bill: Liberals like the idea of class warfare.
Serena: You used the media.
Bill: We knew what we were doing.
Serena: You were rude.
Bill: We made our point.
Serena: You called Obama a socialist.
Bill: He is.
Serena: What do you mean by that?
Bill: He wants the government to run our lives.
Serena: Who do you think is running your life now?
Bill: That’s the point. We want to control our own lives. That’s what being an American means.
Serena: I think the corporations are in charge and you don’t even realize it.
Bill: Listen, honey, I can ignore the corporations – I don’t have to buy what they sell. I can work for anyone I choose.
Serena: You’re not facing facts. Corporations and banks are telling politicians what to do. And they’re moving jobs to other countries.
Bill: That’s because of taxes.
Serena: What’s because of taxes?
Bill: Jobs leaving the country.
Serena: Dad, they barely pay any taxes.
Bill: The point is that they’re free to do business wherever they want.
Serena: You don’t want to see how much power they have over us.
Bill: I agree there’s corruption.
Serena: And greed.
Bill: That’s human nature.
Serena: Now you’re going to tell me that corporations are people.
Bill: I just don’t like that you’re sleeping in a tent every night, that’s all.
Serena: Don’t worry Dad, I’m safe. You taught me to take care of myself.
Bill: I still don’t understand what you’re trying to accomplish.
Serena: We’ll figure it out as we go.
Bill: But, anyway, as long as you’re coming home to take showers and wash your clothes, I suppose it’s o.k.
Serena: Got to go. Love you dad.
Bill: Love you too honey.
This first appeared at LaborLou.com.