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    Posted October 8, 2011 by
    New York, New York
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    Occupy Wall Street

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    Let Freedom Ring!


    Paul Krugman wrote in the NY Times:  "What can we say about the protests? First things first: The protesters' indictment of Wall Street as a destructive force, economically and politically, is completely right." 

    This is how it all starts. The People begin to understand the harsh reality that has been imposed upon them. They see that their elected officials were bought and paid for by a rarified group of society, emboldened by all the advantages afforded to a privileged cartel. This cartel’s wealth and power has grown in astonishing multiples over the past decade, while the majority's has similarly declined. The cartel cannot simply be stopped at the voting booth. The privileged few have consumed the People’s resources, returned nothing, and doomed their future prosperity. It is a bleak moment in our history.

    However, the People have one last option, conceived by the founding fathers in a stroke of what can only be described as brilliant aforethought.  The Occupy Wall Street protesters are empowered by another elite society, a group of wealthy, illustrious, and respectable old men we fondly refer to as the founding fathers. How thoroughly, how wisely, the founders understood the risk that money might one day corrupt their hard won democracy.  And so they crafted the Bill of Rights, with that stubborn old thing they insisted on putting in before anything else - the First Amendment. Government shall not... abridge the  People’s right to freedom of speech, the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Ah, the poetic justice of it all!  Those who mock, ridicule, and attack the Occupy Wall Street protestors attack the very words of the founders of our democracy. Their spectacular wisdom and foresight are the legs upon which Occupy Wall Street stands.

    The photos above show the Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park, across the street from the World Trade Center Memorial site. Through the trees, in the distance you can see the lights outlining a building still under construction......the Freedom Tower. 

    It doesn’t get any better than that.  

    Let Freedom Ring!

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