S. Paul Forrest
The police actions and the legislators and judges who enable them to enact such mistreatment and defamation of We the People as seen in Zuccotti Park, New York, delineates a greater ill in our society which many of the citizens in this nation are coming to recognize and speak out against. The protestors of OWS have gathered in numbers large enough to show solidarity in their purpose and represent a major cross-section of our population that cannot be ignored. Still, though, the police arrest and harass these people in an effort to control them, but it is only breeding more protests of the like, nationwide. The question is how our freedom of speech and assembly have both been so judiciously and legislatively quashed and how these "officers of the law" can so easily continue their assault on our right to assembly when they have sworn oaths to protect and serve We the People.
This phrase which is emblazoned on LAPD patrol cars city wide has become one of the most recognizable phrases in law enforcement. Throughout its almost 50 years of use, it has come to embody the spirit, dedication, and professionalism of the Officers of the Los Angeles Police Department. (Excerpt from the LAPD site.) I wonder if Rodney King felt he was being served and protected in 1991 when he was brutally beaten by LAPD officers, an act which incited the 1992, Los Angeles Riots.
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
[N]o religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
Are we protected and served when our jobs are taken; our homes, our futures, and yes, even our civil rights? Are we protected and served when police officers spray in the face a group of seemingly peaceful women corralled in a plastic construction fence? Are we protected and served when our taxes and our safety is exported to foreign lands and used for murderous deeds the likes of which only Heinrich Himmler could ever have imagined? Possibly, but they are working daily to correct that particular oversight.
Even though the First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference, actions are being taken to counteract it. Many policies in our nation's congressional history have served this purpose, but three particular ones stand out above the rest.
To add to the broker’s words…Do these people even know that their laptops represent the worst part of supply-and-demand in this country: That economic principle which has enabled our jobs to leave for cheaper labor abroad? Do they know that every piece of non-American product they consume takes us further from the result they want: The end of America's quest for globalism and the revitalization of our economy? I wonder if they will they expend the same effort of only buying American products to bring our jobs back as they have in this march against Wall Street.
We must all accept, though, that Wall Street isn’t the only power of greed responsible for our current debacle. It represents crony capitalism that will do what they can to garner profit. Most operate with an understanding of ethics, while others only do so because they have to under Governmental restrictions or moral/ethical restrictions. When the restrictions are lifted however, many of these entities with great fortunes to be made will succumb to the temptation and take advantage. It is our government which has enabled these corporatists by lifting restrictions; our government that is setting dissenters into “free speech zones” else pay the price of imprisonment; and our government operating with the monies of capitalists, who are allowing the state of our nation to degrade.