What the media, Republicans don’t get – The Founding Fathers would Occupy Wall Street…and on a personal note

The media – Fox in particular, Republicans, and many corporate Democrats miss the point of not only Occupy Wall Street; but the massive implications of Scott Walker’s policies ending collective bargaining rights for Public Employees. The push back that is the current Progressive movement in Wisconsin and Occupy Wall Street represents the real spirit of the American Revolution. A plutocracy has been formed at the expense of the middle class, and our political system has been sold to the highest bidders – who now use it to continue their plunder of society, for their own benefit.

The mass media has fallen for the basest propaganda, as have many Wisconsinites, Americans, and citizens of the world. This propaganda falsely promotes greed and avarice above the well being of a majority of the population – creating the myth that labor works at the whim of the few who control existing capital. And those controlling few made their fortunes through their own toil and effort – therefore they are entitled to the spoils alone.

Benjamin Franklin, in 1783, wrote on just this subject:

“All the Property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition. He that does not like civil society on these terms, let him retire and live among Savages. He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it.”

Franklin and other Founders would stand with us in this peaceful revolution against the Corporatist power that deprives the majority of the people of the basic rights Franklin addresses.

That is what the recall is about; that is what Occupy Wall Street is about, and what the people of the world are waking up to. The American system has been turned upside down. It is our duty and obligation to right it by any peaceful means necessary – Recalling Scott Walker is our right and obligation.

On a personal note : those of you who follow Badger Democracy have likely noticed a decrease in posts recently. I have been finalizing a two-month project examining the politics of power in Waukesha County. The piece will be run in the Isthmus as cover story next week – look for it! Special thanks to Dean Robbins, Kristian Knutsen, Judy Davidoff for their help; and the people who were interviewed…Sly, Mark Pocan, Jon Erpenbach, Kathleen Falk, Paul Soglin, Don Taylor, Scott Jensen, Dean Marquardt, Barry Burden, John Nichols, Mike McCabe, and my father, who related a personal story about Don Taylor that provided the direction for the piece.

See you this weekend at the Leftist Cocktail Party, Great Dane Fitchburg, 4:30… Solidarity!

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  1. Excellent post and quote from Franklin. I have often thought the same – of course individuals have rights, but money is something that society creates and agrees to accept, and thus society should have a say about how it functions and is used. I wonder if it would be possible to just start a new currency, and let the “rich” (rich in socially constructed money of today) keep their 000,000s, with everyone else just moving on to a more equitable monetary system.

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