Posted 1 year ago on Jan. 29, 2012, 3:59 p.m. EST by dmitriy167
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I've been to a number of Occupy protests in NYC and sympathize greatly with the movement. A few months ago, I felt the need to come up with a document compiling some changes we'd all like to see. Feel free to have a read, post it around, bring it to your local occupations, and change it in whichever way you see fit:
PART 1/3 To all assembled in New York City and elsewhere in the nation and in the world, and to all citizens thereof: In order to solidify the meaning of our movement and to give the people a beacon to gather by, we propose this document to call its goals our own.
The current state of affairs in the politics, the economy, and the society of the United States is grim. Our politicians do not act as a voice of the people and instead as the voice of their largest contributors, the multinational corporations, and create laws to benefit them at the expense of the people who elect them. They turn a blind eye and sit idle as gross injustices are carried out against the people whom they swear to protect. They take bribes and gifts, and then further the agendas of their benefactors in return. The corporations are beholden to their stockholders, but without adequate regulation, many pursue hostile actions against the people and their will. They export jobs and pollution overseas for their own profit while leaving the people unemployed and in crushing debt. They form monopolies to take control of our markets, and when the people have no alternatives, sell their goods and services at unreasonable prices or qualities. They use our armies and our soldiers to occupy foreign lands for profit. The banks use the people’s assets for investments carrying enormous risks, engage in predatory lending to further their own profits, and demand government relief while leaving the people without their homes and belongings.
Our legislative and judicial systems are too beholden to corruption to ever relieve the people of these grievances. If nothing is done, the people will become enslaved by this system, and the very concept of a free society will be destroyed. We therefore declare that we will not work within this system, but will instead work to dismantle and reform it. We demand a new Bill of Rights, first proposed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1944:
I. The right to a useful and renumerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation; II. The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation; III. The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living; IV. The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination at home or abroad; V. The right of every family to a decent home; VI. The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health; VII. The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, and unemployment; VIII. The right to a good education.
As our political system is so corrupt as to lack the capacity to enable these rights, it must be reformed with the following new laws:
I. In order to prevent bribery and equalize the voices of the candidates, mandatory, exclusive, and equal public campaign financing shall be appropriated by the U.S. Government; II. In order to prevent bribery and undue influence, an abolition of financially-backed lobbying by any organization comprised of multiple persons or having a profit motive shall be passed; III. In order to prevent bribery, from the moment of registration, and in the case of service, for life, no funds or gifts may be received by the candidate or current or former public servant unless they originate from the US Government or from funds appropriated thereby. A pension or post within the U.S. Government will be appropriated for the support of the public servant until the end of his life, and to compensate him for the loss of these freedoms. IV. In order to prevent the voice of the people from being co-opted by external influence, indirect elections of federal public servants shall be abolished; V. In order to prevent apathy and abandonment of office, public servants, as all other federal employees, shall be rendered a pre-determined number of days of absence from service, barring necessity. VI. In order to prevent legislative stalling, proposals acted on by the Senate and House shall be passed by a simple majority vote, except as otherwise provided for by the U.S. Constitution. Filibustering or other attempts to block a vote shall be met with removal from office.