What Does It Matter To Slaves What Nationality Their Master Is? A Suggestion For A Non-Violent Show Of Strength By The 99 Percent
While we, the 99%, control only 58% of the wealth, we control nearly 100% of the blood. That is, the wealthiest expects the poorest to protect their life, wealth, and privilege.
We can only take 58% of the money out of their banks, but we can take 100% of the blood out of OUR military.
Might I humbly suggest a week or month or at least one day when no one enlists into the military to remind the 1% that it is the 99% that protects 100%.
I realize that many feel compelled to join the armed forces for any number of reasons ranging from a desire to serve to seeking college aid to simply needing a job. I am asking no one to abandon their plans. I am not promoting a grand, permanent boycott. I am merely asking the young adults among us to delay their service careers for a few days at the same time their peers are delaying their plans.
I would hope that even the most extreme supporters of the current orthodoxy do not desire The Armies of General Washington be used as a private security force. And even if they feel the militias should be used in such a manner, hopefully, they would at least care enough for their follow Countrymen and Countrywomen to agree it is the duty of 100% of the people to fully support the troops and veterans.
Rags Moody III performs at Occupy Long Beach - images were taken at Occupy Long Beach, Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy Riverside, Occupy Irvine, and Occupy San Diego
Special thanks to Rags Moody for allowing this posting of his composition.
New Constitution That Is Actually By, For, And Of The People
This is a suggestion for a system of governance. I am not a lawyer, so I would leave it to such minds to work out the details. I understand that several others have worked out details for similar ideas in long, boring books. Here I will give a brief description, and then for those more willing to read long text on a computer screen, I will make some effort to defend the proposal. Of course, we’d begin by making the new Bill of Rights the first 10+ Articles not the first ten amendments. And, perhaps needless to say in this forum, one of those pluses would eliminate corporate person-hood.
Each congress person would go to Washington holding not one vote but a proxy for every single vote they received. That is, if the Penguin Party candidate got 40,000 votes and the Joker Party candidate got 35,000 votes, they would both go to DC with that many voter proxies to cast. Likewise, their district’s pay and benefits would be divided similarly. So for the candidate, not appealing to voters could effect their standard of living.
And to more directly serve the Will of the People, the US Congress would be modified into more of a parliamentary system.
More overly, anyone, with any number of pledged proxies could show up. If any small group wanted to get together and hand their proxies to a person, they could. In fact, anyone could go to Washington with just their single proxy.
Wouldn’t that mean hordes of thousands of congress people? Yes. But there is a manageable solution. Seating in the “Main House” would be limited, to the top X number of proxy holders from each district or perhaps to those that represent the proxies for at least 60% of the total votes cast in that district.
These individuals would be responsible for forming and running the government, i.e., choosing a Prime Minister (or Speaker of the House) and appointing a cabinet.
The remaining representatives would assemble in a newly constructed convention center and stadium style complex, or “People’s House”. Perhaps even providing dorm or barrack style housing would be feasible. There they would debate and cast their votes on the same bills being debated in the Main House. And their proxies would be sent to the Main House to be added to their vote totals. Obviously, because of the potential vast number of voices in the People’s House, the leadership they elect would have to propose rules of order that would drastically limit debate time. Similarly, the People’s House would be able to pass legislation and send it to the Main House for debate and consideration.
And, of course, previsions would be included to give the Speaker and his Cabinet powers to streamline these procedures during national crisis.
New Set of Photos of Occupy Irvine of Orange County, California Now on Flickr www.flickr.com/photos/morehueylong/sets/72157627892208847/
New Set of Photos taken at Occupy Long Beach (California) on October 30, 2011 up now on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/69334520@N08/sets/72157628016928176/
New Set of Photos from Occupy Riverside take 2011-10-30 & up on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/68484436@N07/sets/72157628016726822/