Occupy Wall Street hasn’t gone away and has been protesting the conventions although you might not know it judging by the coverage that the corporate media has been providing for it. In all fairness the protest haven’t been as big as they expected them to be; however it appears that part of the reason for that may be because a portion of the Occupy Wall Street movement has been trying to collect donations to help the victims of Hurricane Isaac.
(This was originally posted on Open Salon September, 7, 2011)
In another incident the police have arrested a protester and accused him of making “terroristic threats” after he led a sign in a bank saying "You're being robbed;" and another saying "Give a man a gun, he'll rob a bank. Give a man a bank, he'll rob a country." He left the bank when asked and was pursued anyway even though there was no threat; while the people involved in white collar crimes that involve the theft of billions continue to go unpunished and remain in control of the banks.
This is part of a semi-regular update of some of the latest stories from the Occupy Wall Street web page for additional details see previous post’s introduction to series.
The Republican Party convention had absolutely nothing to offer but lies and appeals to patriotism. The policies that they’ve been promoting have become so insane that it makes the Democratic Party seem rational by comparison; this is the only way they can appear to be a decent part anymore; and it only works as long as they don’t cover any other people and ignore other issues which is what they’re doing.
The fact that the establishment feels the need to spend so much money on security while they’re cutting so many other programs that actually help the majority of the public should be raising enormous doubts about how sincere they are about their claims to represent the will of the public. This is especially true when you consider the fact that they have little or nothing to consider the demands of the Occupy Wall Street movement or any other grass roots movement while continuing to take an enormous amount of money from corporations that continue to call the shots.
Jill Stein has shown up at the protests at Romneyville and it should be clear that all this security wouldn’t be necessary if they were doing their job to begin with and representing the public. The security is so important because they don’t do their job and they have to control the situation so that no one interrupts the carefully script that has been written for the conventions and lets people know more about the policies and alternatives that could and should be available.
Jill Stein is one of the few presidential candidate that is advocating for Single Payer health Care, an end to wars based on lies, protection of the environment, an end to the corporate influence on schools and many other positions that the majority of the public support but the campaign contributors oppose. This may be why the corporate media refuses to give her a reasonable amount of air time and they’re trying to make it seem as if she has little or no support. The truth is that the support that both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama has is based primarily on the propaganda being put out by the corporate media while the support that Jill Stein has was developed at the grass roots level.
If there is another candidate that has sincere support it isn’t Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, both of whom obtained their support thanks to the help of political establishments controlled by corporations; it is one of the other presidential candidates that actually filled out their Project Vote Smart questionnaires unlike Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
The Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t nearly as well set up as many powerful institutions but they’re trying to do what they can anyway with what little they have anyway. The government and the donors that contribute to the major political parties have much more resources but instead of doing much if anything to contribute to hurricane relief they have toured the area with an enormous amount of media coverage to show ”they care,” without actually doing anything more.
They’re attempting to portray David Gorczynski as a terrorist dispite the fact that it is obvious that he wasn’t trying to rob the bank and that they were familiar with him and knew it or should have known it. He clearly left the bank and had no weapon and there is no evidence that they’ve released to indicate that there was ever a real threat. If the picture above is the strongest evidence they have of some kind of crime it is clearly inappropriate; especially when they continue to do little or nothing about the Lehman brothers, Jon Corzine, Jamie Dimon and many other financial executives that have clearly either been involved in the embezzlement of an enormous amount of funds or negligence that resulted in the loss of billions of dollars.
The biggest difference by far seems to be that those that have been involved in the real crimes have also donated to political campaigns and had connections while those that try to stop the real crimes have little or no political power.
The holding of Bradley Manning while postponing the trial on numerous occasions with the latest date in February or March of 2013 is clearly unconstitutional. Manning doesn’t seem to have endangered anyone but clearly when George W Bush started a war based on lies about weapons of mass destruction he caused thousands of deaths and he hasn’t been charged with anything. Recently Desmond Tutu said Bush, Blair Should Face Trial Over Iraq. There is an enormous amount of evidence to justify this, possibly including new undisclosed evidence of further torture, )Human Rights Watch says it has evidence of wider U.S. waterboarding by CIA, allies) yet both Bush and Blair remain free.
In a sincere democracy the public needs to have access to the information that should be required to make decisions about holding their officials accountable and voting out those that aren’t accountable. If Manning released information about these wars based on false pretenses then he would have been helping the public with this not harming them.
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Reforming the education system is one of the most important issues that we face. The discussion about it in the current political establishment is being controlled almost entirely by those that want to turn it into a privatized system that puts profits or in many cases corporate ideology ahead of the most effective way to educate children. The educations system clearly should doing the best they can to educate children in the most effective way possible and this doesn’t involve corporate control.
One of the biggest problems driving up the cost of education is the fact that it is being funded by property taxes and the excessive use of copyright laws to create what they call “intellectual property” out of knowledge. This means that an enormous amount of the information that is in the books that are used to educate children are consider the property of those that own the copyrights and that they should be able to decide who can access it and who can’t.
They have even been creating an enormous amount of propaganda to convince many of us that some of the people running for office are advocates for the middle class like Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth Warren who is supporting charter schools not unions and contrary to the way the corporate media portrays her a close look clearly indicates that she’s Not a consumer advocate as we’ve been led to believe! Instead they present her and others as our advocate based on an enormous amount of propaganda then once they get her in office they use the trust people give her to increase corporate control over schools by increasing charter schools.
As indicated in my previous post about why alternative media is an absolute necessity, this issue is as important if not more important than education since it enables the public to get the information they need to continue getting the information they need to participate in the democratic process. The fact that the corporate press hasn’t been reporting on the protest movement nearly as well as they could and should have is evidence of the fact that they can’t be trusted to provide us with the most important news which is why I have been compiling a long list of alternative media outlets for people to use. These outlets are on a Wiki, so if you think I should add one you can do so or let me know.
Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama collect the vast majority of their campaign funds from the same corporations and they use this to buy up an enormous amount of propaganda that they expect the majority of the public to base their votes on; so it shouldn’t be surprising that they agree on many of the most important issue to these contributors. They don’t donate all that money without expecting a big return and they’ve been doing much less to answer to the will of the public lately so they need a better scam than they have had in the past.
For the most part they haven’t got a better scam at all!
Unless they convince the public that the only people they have to choose from are those that are presented to them by the corporate media. The conventions that are just coming to a close are a masterpiece of propaganda for people that rely almost entirely on the traditional corporate media for their information or those that don’t pay more than a token amount of attention to politics. For the most part they’re much more effective for the Democratic party this year thanks to the extremist positions of the Republican Party that have stirred up many people. If these people accept the lie that they can only chose from the two candidates presented to them by the corporations then Obama should easily win this election; however if the Occupy Wall Street protests and alternative media outlets have done a good enough job informing the public about alternative parties then they could be in for a big surprise. Unfortunately there are many alternative media outlets that have bought in to this lie and are reinforcing it and others that are actually fronts for traditional corporate media but not all of them and if enough people recognize the difference then it could mean major reform.
If not then the corporations will continue to believe they can maintain control and corruption will continue to escalate at the expense of all of us.
The consideration of whether this is a police state should take into consideration more than the numbers, of course, they should also take into consideration what the conditions are in prison as the Black Agenda points out in the rest of their article and other things, including the ones mentioned in this blog, like the enormous police presence they feel is necessary for the scripted conventions that don’t allow dissenting voices; the arrest and detention of many people that disclose information about corrupt government activity like Bradley Manning allegedly did; the fact that they arrest people like Dave Gorczynski for protesting corruption while the corrupt go free; the fact that the grass roots candidates for office that don’t have the approval of the corporations can’t get any air time and many other details. This police state could come to a screeching halt if enough people wake up and let the politicians know that we’re not dumb enough to fall for it anymore!!
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