November 6, 2011
Schulz Returns to Wall Street
The Constitution Is Heard
Endorse your approval at www.OccupyTheConstitution.org
On Wednesday, November 2 at 7pm, the Constitution had a notable event at Occupy Wall Street.
Bob Schulz and Judith Whitmore were first to address the OWS General Assembly on the steps of Liberty Plaza to present a "report back" on the OWS Constitution Working Group. The group was initiated by Bob on October 8, to give the Constitution a voice among those seeking to define and solve our Nation's problems.
On this night, speaking to about 1,500 occupiers using the "People's Mic" method, they reported the fact that the Constitution Working Group had produced a Statement of Beliefs and posted it on a new domain www.OccupyTheConstitution.org.
The setting of the park has changed considerably. For revolutionary buffs, the scene somehow reminds of Washington's encampment at Valley Forge. All available space is now taken up with tents, huddled together, except for information and media areas, the food line and a narrow aisle to access these. We are told generators have been removed by the police and one wonders how the occupiers can or will endure the winter weather.
We offer a written "re-enactment" of exactly what was said. Imagine yourself there, repeating every few words, with hundreds of others, so those behind you could receive and transmit the message. The "people's mic" is how the occupiers communicate without a PA system.
Yells Bob: "HI, I'M BOB!....." (assembly repeats)
Yells Judith: "HI, I'M JUDITH!....(assembly repeats) THANK YOU..(etc) FOR ALL YOU DO! (etc)"
Bob: "THE CONSTITUTION WORKING GROUP..OF OCCUPY WALL STREET..HAS PRODUCED...THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT OF BELIEFS..AS A PLATFORM..FOR RECOMMENDED FUTURE ACTIONS..TO SOLVE THE NATION'S PROBLEMS... INCLUDING..BAILOUTS..CORPORATE PERSONHOOD..WAR..UNSOUND MONEY...AND DEBT."
Judith: "THE CONSTITUTION WORKING GROUP...ASKS THAT THESE BELIEFS..NOW BE CONSIDERED..BY ALL PEOPLE...IN AND OUT OF THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT..PONDER THESE..AND MAKE KNOWN YOUR APPROVAL..
Bob: "THE STATEMENT OF BELIEFS...IS NOW POSTED...AT WWW.OCCUPYTHECONSTITUTIONL.ORG (there are cheers with this announcement)...GO THERE...STUDY IT... SIGNIFY YOUR APPROVAL...
Judith: "THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO HEAR...FROM MILLIONS OF US..UNITED IN PURPOSE AND SPIRIT...WE ARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE...WE ARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE..WE ARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE...WE ARE FREE! .....WE ARE FREE! ...... WE ARE FREE!
Bob: "WE HAVE COPIES OF THE STATEMENT OF BELIEFS HERE FOR ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE ONE. THANK YOU."
There was applause. Bob and Judith were then surrounded by very appreciative people who wanted a copy and volunteered to help pass them out to the crowd. New people joined the Constitution Working group, including two law school students.
The Voice of the Constitution was heard. It felt GOOD and RIGHT.
One woman said with tears in her eyes: "I have been here since September and this is what I had hoped for."
NEXT STEPS: WHAT NOW?
We invite you to go to www.OccupyTheConstitution.org , an online "kiosk," to signify your approval of the Statement of Beliefs by giving an electronic signature.
Know that the Constitution has the power to unite People under a single umbrella of shared Principles regardless of what party one may belong to or whom one may vote for.
Most importantly, know that the Constitution protects and embodies many Rights and powers possessed by the People, some well known, others long-forgotten, that hold the promise -- should we successfully organize and wield such powers en masse, to redirect the future course of events and peaceably hold government accountable for the dark violations of our Constitution which are the root cause of all that now ails America.
Please take the time to blast, post, tweet and talk about the Statement of Beliefs.
It is statement of common Principles. It is a statement of shared Beliefs. It is a restatement and recognition of the vision and concept for Earthly governance held by our Founders many years ago. Critically, if enough of We the People rally to its call, it will become the working Platform by which the People will once again assert their Natural Sovereignty over their servant governments to cleanse and correct that which has brought endless wars, economic disintegration and untold human tragedy to our Republic.
Encourage People to sign. Millions ought to. Millions must if we expect the Banks, Corporations and Politicians to be attentive and responsive.
The Statement of Beliefs is the Platform from which the Free People of America will launch First Amendment Petitions for Redress, formally Instructing our elected officials to end their certain, and continuing violations of the Constitution.
The Instructions will be rooted in the requirements and prohibitions scribed within the Constitution and designed to be served on the President, Congress, State Legislatures, Mayors and other local government officials.
The Instructions will include facts showing the violations.
The Instructions will offer a constitutional pathway to peaceful, viable solutions for what ails America now.
The People will learn that Acts of Government by our elected officials, outside the strict and very limited written authorities of Law within the Constitution are simply unlawful. If it isn't in writing, government CANNOT DO IT.
We the People may have been guilty of inattention and/or negligence allowing elected officials to stray from the dictates of the Constitution, but we are waking up en masse and still possess vast Powers and Rights to hold government accountable.
If there are enough of us, we will peacefully do whatever it takes to restore constitutional governance in America and get this Nation back on track.
The domain www.OccupyTheConstitution.org will maintain a narrow focus, serving as a "kiosk" where the people will go to read nothing but the Statement of Beliefs and each Instruction/Petition and signify their approval.
Your country needs you. Will you answer the Call?
WORD TRAVELS FAST
Remarkably, within twelve hours (by 8 AM the next morning), Karl Denniger, a well known entrepreneur and financial/economic analyst, posted a potent article about the Statement of Beliefs.
On his popular website www.Market-Ticker.org (see the article "OWS Constitution Working Group"), Denninger posted the entire Statement of Beliefs, made reference to certain Founding Fathers and challenged the Tea Party and others to rally around the Principles articulated in the Statement as they set course to solve the intractable problems plaguing our nation.
Here's exactly what Denninger had to say, following his repost of the OWS Working Group's Statements of Belief:
Where are those alleged bomb-throwing anarchists eh?
Yes, this is one of many working groups and has no force of consensus in the form of having passed a General Assembly.
But this ought to make those of you who have claimed that the "Occupy" movement is somehow intended to remove our Constitution and replace it with Marxism (or worse) sit down and smell the coffee.
Why not tea? Because the so-called Tea Party couldn't be bothered to put this at the forefront of what they stood for. They turned into "Guns" (that one's actually in the Constitution), "Gays" (uh, that's not, and in fact is exactly the opposite of what the tea party claims in this regard!) and "God" (uh, again, First Amendment; freedom of religion is not we choose, you obey when it comes to religion is it?)
The flame-out you've seen among those who claim to be in the linear descendant chain of Sam Adams' political thought comes from the fact that they couldn't be bothered to actually call a general strike. To actually interrupt commerce so as to protest taxation. To engage in proportional response to the looting that has taken place -- for instance, by handing out fliers in front of every TBTF bank branch across the country asking people to boycott and naming their admitted crimes (you have so many to pick from and the best part of choosing from the ones admitted to is that it's in their own words!) and more. In short, to do as Sam Adam s did, and believe not in the tired old divisive politics of BS and hate but rather to focus on The Constitution and its restoration.
Hell, among so-called "Tea Party" folks I can't recall any, other than a handful of bloggers (myself and FedUp included) who have called for or participated in any sort of direct action. We have a few over on Tickerforum sporting American Flags next to their names -- they have participated in some sort of peaceful and lawful direct demonstration. But where are the so-called "Tea Party" on this score?
Absent, that's where.
So into the vacuum steps "Occupy Wall Street", and out of the Constitution working group comes this. Not bomb-throwing anarchy, not some sort of wild proposal to re-write The Constitution to be a leftist, Marxist dream ticket, but an actual statement of principles that is fully in concordance with SAM ADAMS, THOMAS JEFFERSON and the rest of those who were part of the REAL Tea Party.
If you recall when I first started blogging about "OWS" I pointed out that there was about a two week period where I hadn't written anything as I was feeling my way around the edges of what this movement really was -- doing my own investigation, my own background work. Since that time I've been a supporter predicated on it being a lawful exercise of one's Constitutionally-recognized rights.
I also pointed out that there was real risk in this movement -- that the people there had gotten the "who dunnit" right, but that most of them didn't understand how it happened. This is not surprising; the "how" is difficult and those who did the scamming made it intentionally so.
Well, this Statement of Beliefs is not the end of the debate as to whether OWS will turn into something both powerful and positive, but it is a clear statement of purpose in the right direction.
Those of you on the right who have claimed that this is all some sort of anarchist or communist movement have egg on your face this morning. The knee-jerk reaction will undoubtedly be to both ignore this document and work product and sling mud.
The constructive thing to do is what I've been trying to do since I made my decision on how to proceed -- engagement, education and promotion of both a positive and lawful message and set of principles.
You now have a a platform from an actual OWS working group that no true Sam Adams' political devotee can argue with.
We will now find out from the commentary and actions of these groups within the next days and weeks whether those who claim to be "Tea Partiers" really are Constitutionalists or whether they are in fact defecating on Sam Adams' grave.
Denninger, clearly having done some level of due diligence, goes on to end his piece making a none-too-oblique reference to Bob Schulz and the WTP Foundation whose efforts resulted in the creation of the OWS Constitution Working Group:
Ps: Yes, before you ask, I am well-aware of who owns that domain. This is called engagement folks, and it's what I've been preaching. See..... it works!
Please go to the kiosk and add your signature to the Statement of Beliefs.
Again, the full article by Karl Denninger can be found here: http://www.market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=196948. We note that hundreds of other blog sites subscribe to Denninger reports and have posted the Statement and his views, along with their own comments.
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