Robert Reich: “The REAL Public Nuisance”

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Robert Reich breaks some knowledge on the REAL public nuisance. OCCUPY DEMOCRACY




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Robert B. Reich

Occupy Democracy


We keep seeing images like these.  Americans exercising their Rights to Free Speech and Assembly


But meeting police.  Wielding batons.  Forced evictions.  Pepper Spray.


Brute force used even against former police officers, who are protesting and elderly Americans.



The First Amendment is being stood on its head.


According to the Supreme Court,  Money is now Speech and Corporations are now People.


As a result our Democracy is being engulfed in big money.


But when real people without money, assemble to express their dis-satisfaction with the political consequence of this, they are treated as public nuisances and evicted.


Did the Supreme Court rulings have created the public nuisance?


Opening the flood gate to unlimited and often secret political contributions from Millionaires and Billionaires.


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The Koch Brothers 

Worth $25,000,000 each


These millionaires and billionaires aren’t contributing their money out of sheer love of country.


Their political spending is analogous to their other investments.  Mostly they want low tax rates and friendly regulations.


Now some public officials say Occupiers are public nuisances.  Well its true, peaceful non-violent protests including encampments can be inconvenient.


But the real public nuisance is the Tsunami of Big Money into politics.


Making it almost impossible for the voices of average Americans to be heard.  Because most of us don’t have the dough to break through.


And that’s exactly what Occupiers and others like them are protesting.


We don’t have the money to influence politicians directly.


We are not Wall Street or Big Corporations that can outspend unlimited sums corrupting our democracy.


We are the people, and all we have is our ability to peacefully assemble and make our voices heard loudly and clearly.


You see, our democracy is increasingly been taken over by Big Money and that’s wrong.


Demonstrating to take it back is the essence of Free Speech in a Democratic Society.


We need to Occupy our Democracy.


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