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  •  This is a joy to read, jpm, (16+ / 0-)

    from the POV of one who believes our democracy is, for all practical purposes, as dead as the Bill of Rights.

    Using the Declaration of Independence as a reference point is a most excellent decision, imo, because historically we are in quite a similar situation. It probably goes without saying here that our "right to life" is no consideration of the corporatocracy; rather it has been high-jacked by those who would divide us. Liberty? Our human freedoms of movement, thought, association, accomplishment are all watched over by those who rule is with fear. Happiness? There's no profit in that, only in wanting things that keep us prisoner to debt.

    Refreshing my recollection of journalism history, the Declaration of Independence was first printed secretly at night with windows and shades closed. (Imagine the heat of July 3 in Philadelphia!) With the young printer, John Dunlap, who was risking his life, were the primary author, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, a former printer and you know the rest ;) The latter were proofreading at the last moment. Undeterred by anything, they printed maybe 200 copies.

    I hope Occupy groups all over the U.S. adopt and support this Declaration from San Francisco. Franklin would no doubt envy our printing capabilities ;)

    Congratulations to you all on your beautiful accomplishment.

    If this diary doesn't make the rec list, I hope you will republish!

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Sat Apr 07, 2012 at 12:15:45 PM PDT

    •  Just to be clear, I had nothing to do with this. (6+ / 0-)

      I'm just republishing it.  So congratulations to me is not in order.

      But congrats are certainly in order to the Occupy SF peeps who put this together and worked to get it passed!

      •  Republishing (4+ / 0-)
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        jpmassar, AoT, tommyfocus2003, sb

        is as important as writing, imho. Of course, I'm descended from printers, so that may be biased ;) Getting the word out is vital -- and something we lost in when media ownership became concentrated by five corporations beginning in the '80s.

        Even though the corporations have also invaded education, I suspect the words of the Declaration of Independence are still powerful in the memories of many. This way lies the hope of success [if there is any, my inner cynic adds].

        Thanks to all, including those who join in!

        "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

        by cotterperson on Sat Apr 07, 2012 at 12:32:06 PM PDT

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    •  Strip searches (9+ / 0-)

      Drones over our homes, and the fishing and trawling of all electronic communications - the militarization of the police - the Citizens United ruling - the SCOTUS being totally controlled by right wing ideologues with some (Thomas and Scalia) who have an arrogance/ignorance of the law and constitution that is an existential threat to traditional and fundamental freedoms --- All of that is here and now a clear and present danger to the nation.  I am not exaggerating and this is not hyperbole.  Americans need to recognize the serious threat that the right wing extremists bring to our country.

      They do seem to be overplaying their hand in many places/states (WI,MI,OH,FL) and that is helpful.  But people, we must get everyone out to vote this Fall.  Everyone needs to get Democrats voted into office.  Get the right wing extremists out of office.  Get rid of them by recall or by any legal means possible.  

      •  but it isn't just RW (0+ / 0-)

        Bullshit. Many Dems cosigned these laws and a Dem president signed it.
        Face it, our Kongress has commited treason against the citizens and we can't protest without getting beat or now going to jail for 10 yrs.
        They have 2 jobs as mentioned.
        Protect the corporations and get reelected.
        And we get to pay for this happy horse shit with our own money.
        Kongress gets rich from inside trading, corporations get rich and do not even pay their fair share of taxes.
        The founders wrote in to the Constitution a way for us to address the abuse of Congress, but when we try, they bring out the police.
        I do not think where the US is headed is going to be pleseant.


        by snoopydawg on Sat Apr 07, 2012 at 07:56:04 PM PDT

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