I am always about reform and change when the people are in support of it, and have valid grounds with which to push for it. But many causes are left in the dust because people gathered and were angry, but nothing went on beyond this. I have always believed that success is not measured in how far you got, but in how long your victory is cherished.
The government is being pensive about this movement for a variety of reasons. But one thing is noticeable, and agreeable on almost all fronts. The OWS protests have no unified cry. The protests are people coming together and sitting on the outside, looking in. Any effective change must be done from the inside out. I have been surprised thus far that, with everyone of like-minded values gathered together in one place, the groups have not moved forward with petitions, ballots and letters to their state representatives.
You (the protesters) need to get a foothold in the legality of it all. Standing outside and shouting at the buildings while the money continues to work will do you no good. There are many intelligent individuals among you; take advantage of this. You have the Lawyers Guild participating in this, and even certain council members that have bore witness to what’s going on. If you want a law repealed, you need to petition it. You need to mail your senator, your representative. You need to take legal and lawful action in order for this to move forward.
“But Reiter. The representatives of our government are funded by corporations and private entities. They fund xxx amount more than we as a populace could ever do.”
Then throw them out. Your elected official is responsible for listening to you. If they do not, you have the ability, as a people, to toss them out and get someone that will listen. Threatening an official with a loss of office is a lot more effective than standing outside their office. You know why? Because that means they won’t have any sponsorship. Better something than nothing, right?
I understand that many of you across the nation– even across the world– have been going to their offices and speaking outside. You need to start a paper trail, as this has not been working. Start getting tallies going of letters sent to your district representative, your state senators, the President. The WWF uses campaigns that have the ability to select your district official and mail off a letter to allow you to easily protest animal cruelty. Wouldn’t it be just as easy to set something similar up within a month? Probably less. People from all walks of life come to these protests. Surely there are those among you who could set up sites with which to expedite this process.
Let’s face it. The cold months are coming. New York is going to be frigid. And with tents being taken away, your occupation is not going to be so literal anymore. Your presence has been felt physically. Now, it needs to be felt within the legal system. You are all at the height… the pinnacle of making things move forward. You have been galvanized by the pushbacks from the goverments that wish to break you down. But I fear that this protest will not succeed if you do not keep moving forward.
You have all spoken what needs to be done to keep the government out of the bed of corporations:
- Bigger taxes to higher income brackets (even the rich on several occasions have mentioned their surprise that this hasn’t been done).
- A limit or cease on how much corporations can fund election campaigns.
- Better distribution of money towards the needs for college education.
- Elimination of bank control of government assets.
- Social security re-evaluation (we do not want to become Greece).
- Bank lending to other countries.
- The never-ceasing interest rate for bank loans to the government.
and many more. Now petition it. There are thousands upon thousands of you in one place at any given time. This is the most opportune time to collect signatures and mass amounts of mail to the government. Come in with reams of paper and envelopes to the protests. Have people write out their concerns. Turn in petitions for laws. Ensure that your district representatives and senators have heard you loud and clear. If after your attempts, the representatives and senators still vote against your ideals, the election process is where to check them next. If the majority didn’t convince them to say otherwise, the majority will vote them out of office.
The paper trail is where it is going to be. Your presence has been felt. Continue the movement online through the winter months, and make ultimatums. If things are not rolling by spring of next year (because red tape can be horrible), get back on the streets to re-assert it. Keep logs of everything that is done through communique to the government to reinforce what you’ve tried to say, to prevent them from saying, “We never heard anything.” If they deny it and big entities out there that are notorious for network intrusion and promoting freedom of speech hear about it, I am sure they can go find emails that have orders written to “ignore” the requests.
And finally, if after a year nothing has changed despite insurmountable evidence that the people, as a majority and a whole, have wished it, we have been left with a final option.
“That the people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their Government, whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to the purposes of its institution.” “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
You may wish to enact laws as to how this will happen as well. Just in case… it’s better to make the tool for change, than to only say you have it.