Whether he actually said it or not, the line attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto after the attack on Pearl Harbor, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve" aptly applies to the American people who are rising up all over this country that I love with all my heart. In fact, the Occupy Movement is living out exactly what the founding fathers would have wanted them to do. The first amendment reads (italics mine), “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The founding fathers would tell you it is incumbent upon each of us as an American to peacefully assemble and petition the Government for a redress of grievances. As author Naomi Wolf (arrested for standing on the sidewalk outside a Huffington Post event in New York City) accurately pointed out in a recent interview on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, the right to peacefully protest is something Americans would be expected to do by the founding fathers.
And so it is that thousands around this country are doing exactly what the founders of my country would want them to do. The fact they are being met with violence by the very people that are sworn to protect them establishes beyond a reasonable doubt the legitimacy of their protests and further establishes why these protests need to grow and will grow. We must be careful too not to villainize all of law enforcement; they are doing the bidding of the one percent or those doing the bidding of the one percent. Ask yourself this question, every time you’ve seen some elected official or talking head demeaning the Occupy Movement is the person in the one percent or 99 percent?
Those who respond to these protests with bogus excuses to break them up (we need to clean up, people are complaining) and those who seek to label these extraordinary Americans as a bunch of nuts are again either members of the one percent or, for all intents and purposes, owned by the one percent, servants essentially.
There is little doubt in my mind that the protests will grow as will the dictatorial and increasingly violent opposition. There is little doubt in my mind that the behavior of the latter will cost lives. But we Americans are a scrappy lot, we will not fold and fade away when our freedom and equal rights are at stake. It may seem that the one percent has all the power and they do have nearly all the money, but so it was in a very real way for George Washington on some very cold lonely nights when he realized his rather ragtag Continental Army was up against the most powerful army on earth. He didn’t give up, his army didn’t give up, and, as a result, the United States of America became a reality.
And so it is that the Occupy Movement will not give up, and because of this, we will prevail, which means equal rights will prevail, which means the United States of American will prevail, and our founding father’s would be very proud of us.