Posted 1 year ago on Nov. 2, 2011, 6:26 p.m. EST by gardenguy
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OCCUPY DEMOCRACY with an Inked Finger Vote ?
Pamphlet available at: http://www.scribd.com/mobile/documents/71311196?query=%22inked+finger+vote%22.
“Washington, D.C. is a puppet gallery controlled by the corporate powers and special interests of K St. Money tugs the strings and our government, the fed on down, dances. Cut the strings. No other solution is possible.”
Without a coherent voice, how can we be heard? Without a common consensus, will we be ignored? Would-be supporters wane with uncertainty and frustration. Dubious demands arise (just ‘whose’ demands?) while others respond that collective demands are counter-productive at this time.
Without cement, foundations falter. Without cohesion, tribes fracture into factions. Are we content to squander our collective unity without focus? Do we risk splintering our strength, waiting and watching, until the 1% infiltrates and hijacks our movement, supplanting its disguised voice over our own?
The time is ripe to magnetize our meaning. Let’s do so Democratically, with a series of grass roots, inked finger votes!
Develop straw-poll type ballots within the General Assembly. Distribute them online and on the ground. Ink the index fingers of all who mobilize to participate in indigo, to ensure none may vote more than once. Get some solid numbers. Seek harmony and strive to develop a resonant voice.
Envision the mass image of a multitude of inked fingers rising together in solidarity and solution. Re-work the angry, black-fisted logo to hold high an indigo digit, and add a wrist-band to signify local Occupations while emphasizing the massive scale of our movement as it spans the Nation, and the Globe.
As winter approaches, threatening to drive our numbers indoors for shelter, maximize the continuing head-count by calling out the droves for bi-monthly votes.
Will detractors turn out? Inevitably. But are we not the 99%?
Start it simple. How many support us? How many don't, or have yet to decide? What issues do we consider most important? What are our goals? Should we develop demands, or not?
Once we begin the conversation, the ensuing ballots will evolve on their own. With diligence, We, the People, can retain grasp of this, Our Movement. Safeguards can be developed to keep the corporatocracy out. Perhaps the inked finger vote will be supplanted by something stronger as we mature together, but for now, in our infancy, doesn’t it feel like an appropriate place to start?
Thanks for listening, and if you like the concept, please pass it on!
We, the People of the United States of America, standing together as the 99%, decry the direction of our Democratic Republic. … … … Consider “The Declaration of Independence:”
“… Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. …”
In light of a growing consensus amongst We, the People, the 99%*, that our Constitutional Democratic Republic be ‘mended,’ and not ‘replaced,’ a solution has been offered which may prove to cure our woes; which are namely:
( List our grievances – be concise but comprehensive. )
As the above woes are directly inherent to the collusion of corporate power/special interest demands and the heart of all three branches of Our Government, We propose the following demand:
Call to convene a national convention, in adherence with Article V of The United States Constitution, in order to propose, and ratify, a Constitutional Amendment <removing the lingering perception that corporations can claim the Rights of the Individual.>
Should Our demand not be heard, or implemented, or fail fundamentally to address the flaws inherent in the woes listed above, we respectfully offer that a “Declaration of Dissolution and Termination” as laid out in “The Declaration of Independence” may well be Our following demand.
Therefore, it is on this occasion that We, the People, the 99%, call forth a census, through the voice of the General Assembly instituted by the Occupy Movement*, and call upon Our right to assemble, alongside Universal suffrage, as We implement this, Our first Indigo / Inked Finger Vote on the call for convention.
Should numbers, as we suppose, indicate a solid two-thirds vote, know that our call will come again and our numbers may well grow. Should they multiply and proliferate, know that Our Voice will grow as well.
(* With optimism, not presumption. Meant as a proposed model only.)