By Suanna Gutierrez |Staff Writer|
We the people can and should identify with the emotion that characterizes the voice of Occupy Wall Street. It is doubtful however that the nation will stand side by side with the broad and unorganized action that may or may not come from them.
The Occupants’ “Declaration of the Occupation of New York City” states that they gather to express a mass feeling of injustice, that true democracy has been obstructed by economic power, that they have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debts in education which in itself is a human right, that they have constantly outsourced labor and used that as leverage to cut workers health care and pay, that they use force to prevent freedom of the press, and they have participated in torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
One of the many questions raised is who are “they”? The identity of “they” seems to be ambiguous, faceless yet defined all at the same time.
If the identity of “they” is corporate America, are the Occupants putting student debt, oppression of the press and murder on their rap sheets as well?
Without poignant action and convicting documentation to support their incredibly serious allegations, their published statements discredit the movement and all its motivations.
The Occupants’ declared list of demands includes: the use of congressional oversights to ensure appropriate federal agencies investigate and prosecute Wall Street criminals, implement Warren Buffet’s rule on fair taxation, and to eliminate the practices of lobbyists.
The relationship between pointing the finger at corporate CEOs for embezzling money and breaching business ethics, and the demand for federal agencies to prosecute Wall Street criminals is a logical one.
However, if a movement is structured around attaining social and economic equality demanding that the income bracket under attack (as the Occupants refer to as the one percent), are taxed grossly more than any other income bracket seems to be compelling and contradictory.
The demand to eliminate the practices of lobbyists would actually in effect be crippling to their means of attaining any sort of political or economic change.
Among those lobbyists historically are Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD), Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the NAACP and pro-life supporters.
It is hard to argue that these lobbyist groups have not spoken on the behalf of the greater American good and the voice of the American people.
It’s even harder to understand why the demonstrators are not lobbying their action to congress themselves.
The holes in the demonstrators argument seem to be wide, commanding and many.
America’s Declaration of Independence states that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.
Human equality is an empirically demonstrating fact, it is the unique characteristic of the human species, that among the many inequalities that exist among human beings, none is sufficient enough to make one human a ruler by nature.
Because we are equal by nature, we have natural rights. Unless we no longer are governed by the organic law of our land, those natural rights do not list health care or education.
Americans are a trying breed that seem to be inundated with entitlement. The derivative of our problems hit closer to home than the oval office in D.C.
The 99 percent should move off Wall Street’s doorstep and step into a voting booth. Your vote is where true democracy thrives and where your voice truly counts.
The conflict lies in our hands.
The private entities that comprise corporate America are looked at as villains, but the solution is not at the foothills of Wall Street’s wealth, but at the doorstep of Capitol Hill.