“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.”
–First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Supreme Law of that Nation State Craving Recognition as the United States of America
The protestors in Liberty Square in New York City that form the Occupy Wall Street protests were telling us what they wanted from the moment they appeared. And what’s more they have told us even more since that time.
These are not hippies, or even if they were, that would matter not one whit. They are not bums. If they were it would matter not at all. If they were only liberals and leftists and communists it is of no consequence. If they are people who have no jobs and are not seeking them or who have sought them but cannot find them it is not a mark against them.
What does matter above all else is that these are a portion of that people known as that of the United States and that they are exercising that precious right guaranteed and not merely suggested in the Constitution of the United States, the nation’s Supreme Law, that they may peaceably assemble to seek redress for grievances they may have with the government who they give their consent to be governed by in order for it to be a just and lawful government.
The protests growing all over the United States and not just on Wall Street in New York, and the unrest in Greece, the Arab Spring, the troubles in Libya and in Syria, and the wavering financial markets are in effect the canaries in the great corporatist and capitalist coal mine.
That there is trouble between the great mass of humanity in our world and those few who have not only the greatest wealth but the greatest power and influence over the rest of us is patent; it is manifest, it is plain to even the most doddering ignorant fool among the human race on the planet. Struggles for Justice extends its sincere apologies to those who govern who so often seem burdened with this last infirmity.
The continuing inability of Wall Street, the Federal Government of the United States, and so many of the powerful elite few to make a just and peaceful world where all may live has brought the protestors aligned against them, to with courage and justice confront the beast that is doing them such harm and over which they have so little control. Nowhere in our Supreme Law does it say that the citizens of this country must obey and give their consent to be governed by private organizations of private business enterprise they have not invested with this authority.
It is only in meeting the right of contract with them that is it is applicable. Yet these organizations now govern like nation states and have the impact on people worldwide that great nations used to have. And even then, it is most often the case that in some form that is of substantive interest it is the business entity and not the human being that has most egregiously been found in breach of the contract made.
True, the corporations of the United States have existed since the inception of the Republic, getting the greatest support from Federalists like Alexander Hamilton. Yet even then, they were required to incorporate in a legal fashion, and sign charters that make them responsible for what they do in our world.
Somewhere, somehow that all has gone badly wrong. And the people down on Wall Street making what are amazingly peaceful, and nonviolent passive resistance to arrest are giving voice to a great injustice, the kind of withering injustice spoken of by Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and more amazing still by the very people who founded the United States in 1776.
They used peaceful protest and assembly to call the colonies attention to the injustices of the British Empire as then constituted. When they, themselves, sat down to write the new Supreme Law of the land they placed early on in the document the peaceable assembly of any future American populace who may wish to confront those who rule by consent of the governed, grievances they might have with that Government.
Only now, corporations cover the entire globe, and impact billions of human beings often for good but increasingly for ill. The bewildered populace of this Earth, the suffering, the disinherited, the oppressed, the dispossessed, and all those who great teachers like Jesus of Nazareth taught should be supported and aided are calling for help. The Occupy Wall Street protestors, themselves a part of this dispossessed mass of humanity, have heard them and have felt the sting of corporations who rule unlawfully and without our consent and contrary to the very laws we have made to regulate them.
Struggles for Justice fully supports the Occupy Wall Street protests nationwide and wherever they may occur in our world. We make full common cause with this movement and here print a portion of a declaration made unanimously by the protestors themselves on Liberty Square in New York City, New York, USA, and declared to the world on 30 September 2011:
“As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members: that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individual to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives it just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.”
So Congressman Eric Cantor, Congressman Allen West, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Tea Party, all presidential candidates of both parties, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Glen Beck, the Republican Party of the United States, the Fortune 500 Corporations that rule our planet, The New York Stock Exchange, the Wall Street elite, that is your answer.
You are being confronted directly with the fact that you are emperors who do not wear any clothing of social or economic justice for humanity. You are being confronted with the fact that you are immoral and driven by greed and a lust for power and influence. And you do not like it. That is the real reason these protests are drawing so much ire from those who govern against those who are mere beings among the masses of humanity created by God and given the human rights enumerated in both the Declaration of Independence and promised and laid out in law in our Constitution of the United States.
Hoorah for the Occupy Wall Street movement! Struggles for Justice joins with you in this great struggle for human justice in our world.