EDITORIAL: Free Speech in the United States – Democratic Republic Squelches Free Speech

Sorry - we are awake? Are you listening?

It wasn’t too long ago that the United States government was urging Arab countries to let their people exercise free speech. Our government must have miss understood that everyone has a right to free speech and assembly.  It doesn’t end at the boards of the Arab countries.

Free speech and assembly are at the heart of our country, they are one of the cornerstones of the US. It is what our military defends every day, men and women like USMC Scott Olsen, who apparently hit by a police projectile, (either a tear gas canister or a smoke canister) during the #OccupyOakland protest.  (Iraq veteran Scott Olsen now in ‘fair’ condition – BlogPost – The Washington Post http://wapo.st/t2iTyiVeterans For Peace Statement http://bit.ly/sRUeFE 

Mr. President is this how we treat those who served to protect and defend? You called upon the leaders of the Arab countries use restraint, allow for free speech, to hear the people. When will you call upon governors and mayors of the Occupied cities to use restraint, allow our people to assemble and when will you call upon congress to hear the people? When will you speak for the us, the 99 percent? #99 

I supported Mr. Obama in his bid for the presidency. I’m rarely a bumper sticker kind of guy, but I proudly displayed stickers supporting Obama.  I’ll be going out today to peel off those stickers.  Why? Because the president isn’t the man he portrays.  When is he going to stand behind that podium and urge state and local officials to allow the people to peacefully protest and assemble?  When will he address the issue of corporate greed and congressional cronyism?

Winter is approaching and for those at Zuccotti Park, (formerly Liberty Plaza Park) it is going to be a tough uphill battle against the elements, not just our government.  The 99% have taken to the streets around the US and around the World, it is time for governmental officials to listen – not just here in the US but around the world.  The 99% will not be silent any longer, they will move out on to the streets, camp in parks, set up tents on courthouse laws, statehouse grounds and protest the “Too Big to Fail” Banks.

If you are governor, mayor, county commissioner, legislator, city manager or even the president, then you need to listen, speak out and take action.  We are the 99%. The People are too big to fail.  

Dear 1%,

We fell asleep for a while. Just woke up.

Sincerely,

The 99%

 

Veterans For Peace :: News Item

Veteran For Peace member, Scott Olsen, a Marine Corps veteran twice deployed to Iraq, is in hospital now in stable but serious condition with a fractured skull, struck by a police projectile fired into a crowd in downtown Oakland, California in the early morning hours of today.  Other people were injured in the assault and many were arrested after Oakland police in riot gear were ordered to evict people encamped in the ongoing “Occupy Oakland” movement.  Olsen is also a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

VFP members are involved with dozens of these local “occupy movement” encampments and we support them fully.  In Boston, for example, our members, wearing VFP shirts and carrying VFP flags, stood between a line of police and the encampment, urging police to “join the 99%” and not evict the protesters.  In that case, several of our members were banged and bruised when the police decided instead to carry out their eviction orders.

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