Today marks the beginning of the American Spring. The well needed continuation of the Occupy Wall Street movement that is alive and well! As can be seen in the clip below, legal, non-violent occupy protests are being thwarted by police officers (following orders) to crush dissent, and hamper our ability to speak out against those at the top, who are literally tearing our social fabric apart with policies that perpetuate the status quo of income inequality.
As pointed out in this clip, our elected officials are currently enacting laws with broad language that enables the arrest and prosecution of protesters easier, not to mention blatant violations of our civil liberties and right to free speech.
“Only 3 elected officials voted against expanding federal restrictions on protests. While U.S. leader can’t resolve issues like national debt and homelessness, they are all on the same page when it comes to how to handle all those citizens flooding the streets to demand change and accountability.”
So, as things get worse for all of “us”, our elected officials continue to bow down to a select few of “them” by enacting laws that effectively silence any dissent by ‘we the people’ who are trying to speak out against the status quo of income inequality that is dividing this country. America works together! Perhaps, we should remind our elected officials of this simple truth.
The clear violation of our first amendment rights, combined with the fact that our elected leaders are enacting legislation to silence any form of dissent, provides more than enough evidence of the need to continue occupying until our voices are not only heard, but valued in such a way as to lead to more meaningful change and greater equality for everyone now!
Here is another short clip summarizing the need for an American Spring in this country. It hardly resembles the framed version of reality Glenn Beck is trying to convince his viewers of with his fear based rhetoric. (see below)
For a glimpse of how Glenn Beck is framing this issue, take a look at the clip below. His strategy is very simple, SCARE PEOPLE!
Here are some of the more interesting fear based quotes from this video clip.
“The best case scenario at an occupy event is vandalism. There’s rapes, there’s assaults, there’s murders, there’s threats, there’s death’s, there’s thefts, there’s calls for anarchy and overthrowing the government and revolution.”
“The people flaming these fires are evil, and they don’t think like you and me. They are trying to start a fight, and the worst thing we can do is swing back. DO NOT swing back”
“Most people don’t even know what the occupy Wall Street movement really is because the media is ignorant, lazy or compliant”
“You haven’t seen anything. Please understand this is going to get very violent in the end.”