Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Occupy LA brings RESULTS

Citizens gather together at a strategy meeting at Occupy LA
Photo credit: gpfoto

BAM. Occupy LA brings results, by ghod!

Local independent television and former PBS affiliate KCET reports:

"Other than general statements of support, City Council members did not debate the merits of Occupy LA's goals or the main crux of the resolution, which supports "the continuation of the peaceful and vibrant exercise in First Amendment Rights" of the protestors, hundreds of them who are camping outside city hall (and vow to through December). Rather, the council focused on the other part of the resolution: logistics of hearing a responsible banking measure that was introduced over a year ago by Council member Richard Alarcon.

"That measure seeks to divest city money from banks not cooperating with foreclosure prevention efforts and instead flow money into banks reinvesting in the community. Billions of dollars invested in banks could be affected. It will be discussed on or by November 21st by the city's Finance and Budget Committee, with a preliminary discussion at a City Council meeting that same week."

All you banksters: Suck. On. This.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The War of the Royalists vs. Everybody Else

During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt reminded the American people of the existance of the economic royalist class, how they unworthily captured control of the democratic process, and if we are to remain a free people, we must fight back. Do not doubt that it is truly a war of one narrow class who would be masters of the world against the larger other, that of the greater body of people who would be free.

"For out of this modern civilization economic royalists carved new dynasties. New kingdoms were built upon concentration of control over material things. Through new uses of corporations, banks and securities...-all undreamed of by the fathers—the whole structure of modern life was impressed into this royal service. There was no place among this royalty for our many thousands of small business men and merchants who sought to make a worthy use of the American system of initiative and profit...

It was natural and perhaps human that the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties, thirsting for power, reached out for control over Government itself. They created a new despotism and wrapped it in the robes of legal sanction...

These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power. Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power. In vain they seek to hide behind the Flag and the Constitution. In their blindness they forget what the Flag and the Constitution stand for...

In this world of ours in other lands, there are some people, who, in times past, have lived and fought for freedom, and seem to have grown too weary to carry on the fight...

I believe in my heart that only our success can stir their ancient hope. They begin to know that here in America we are waging a great and successful war. It is...a war for the survival of democracy...

I am enlisted for the duration of the war."

- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, June 27, 1936