Sunday, October 16, 2011

Freedom of Assembly to Petition for the Redress of Grievances

From the Bill of Rights, the First Amendment to the US Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

You have "rights" just not the ability to actually exercise those rights. You can assemble but not here. You can voice your grievances but not here, not there, not by uttering anything audible. You are free to think thoughts but not to actually demand the exercise of your rights and certainly not to attempt to change a corrupt Wall Street-owned government that is not interested in hearing your grievances...

There is "freedom of the press" in the US but not when there is a "park regulation" that says the "park is closed". In the George Orwell world of "rights" the whole of the US is a "park" and new park regulations assure everybody of the "right to a free press" but unfortunately the "park is closed 24x7 until further notice". So... long live the freedoms in the US... freedom of the press... freedom of assembly... freedom to petition your government...

The US people have lost over $10 trillion because of corrupt and fraudulent practices on Wall Street, 25 million people in the US have lost their jobs, 10 million houses have been or are in the process of being foreclosed, government services have been cut. But Wall Street got to collect nearly a trillion dollars in TARP money and hand out billions in taxpayer money for "bonuses" for a "job well done".

It is a crime to protest the corruption. It is a crime to try to bring the grievance before the authorities. But it isn't a crime to use fraudulent and corrupt business practices to destroy the US economy or to buy out the politicians so that they keep forking over tax payer dollars to allow Wall Street to feast while the country starves. The real inflation-adjusted income of the bottom 90% has shrunk over the last 3 years while Wall Street continues to get free money from the Federal Reserve. The bought-and-sold politicians are still using taxpayer money to bulk up the profits of Wall Street while they allow Main Street's economy to be strangled.

When the people protest this corruption, they are arrested while the big money types of Wall Street look down from their towers and chuckle. All's fine in the world if high finance.

The struggle continues... Occupy Wall Street.

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