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Forum Post: It's a great time to be an American

Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 14, 2011, 12:07 a.m. EST by NLake72 (510)
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After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that all my posts in support of the OWS movement have to be removed. Sadly, this movement, as a whole, appears to be moving in an anarchistic direction that I can no longer endorse or support. The recent decision by the OWS to disavow the NGA and the document known as the 99% Declaration may indeed be well-founded. This is an issue that I don't claim to understand. However, it seems indicative of the lack of direction and leadership this movement is experiencing as a whole. Sadly, this lack of endorsement, and seeming lack of trust between these groups, only seems to lend support to my conclusions that the OWS movement, as a whole, is pushing an agenda that is, at best, inscrutable. In short, if the OWS produces an agenda that I can support, I may decide otherwise. However, at this time, I don't think the OWS is being directed toward a realistic, workable set of solutions to the problems that face our country.

I firmly believe that our system can be can reformed using the tools provided in the Constitution. We have a legitimate right to redress our grievances to the government. I'm unsure if I will endorse any group at this, or a later time. Like the vast majority of Americans, I think the system is badly broken. While I tacitly support the agenda known as the 99% Declaration, I am still hoping for a more perfect document to be created. I certainly don't support all of it's initiatives, nor do I endorse any group at this time. But, until a better plan emerges, I will continue to support the 99% Declaration, because it is the best agenda that I've seen to date. It is a document that deserves to be discussed, and improved. It deserves time in the national spotlight. The issues it addresses deserve a national debate. It's the best document I've seen to date, and I hope something that suits my personal tastes, and more particularly those of the vast majority of Americans emerges.

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The movement is gathering steam, and it's a glorious thing to be a part of. Your signs and your rallies first inspired me, and now, I'm am working hard to get your word out. Your actions inspired me, so now I seek to inspire you with my own words, and your words of approval give me back much more energy in return... It's a positive feedback cycle, like a ticking clock, a perpetual motion machine, and the springs are getting wound up tight.

I'm pushing the 99% declaration and the NGA as hard as I know how. I'm linking it, I'm e-mailing it, I'm meeting new people and discussing it all. Together we've reached a consensus, and we're all pushing together, to show America what we've produced. The gears are already starting to turn, and, we're still just getting warmed up. I'm a mere cog on a wheel of this magnificent machine that our colonial forefathers built, but I'm doing my part, I'm proudly pushing my load. I'm energized. I'm part of something bigger than myself. It's important, productive, and it's larger than life... It's a darn good reason to be born, and an auspicious time to be alive.

It's wintertime in America, it's the holidays, and what a wonderful season indeed! What a wonderful time to be working to handcraft this gift: a plan for reform, a brighter future for our families! This writing, this talking, this thinking and learning... This rebirth of the community spirit-- It's all starting to pay off. And, so we type-- it's a very practical course of action, it creates a product-- for this is a revolution of ideas and new thoughts, it's homework for a New Age... The American Renaissance. Our words are slowing trickling out, the fire is starting to spread, and people are starting to listen, and to talk, it's getting inside their heads... The silent majority likes our agenda, so do our ancestors, and our children will one day thank us too. And, we will have good reason to smile, frankly, we already do.

This revolution of ideas is starting to gain steam, the gears are starting to turn. Soon, we won't be able to hold it back-- we'll just have to stand away, and add a little grease to the creakiest joints. The dust is beginning to blow off the machine, like the cobwebs of our mind, and the machine is still just as sound as the day it was assembled. It was built to last-- and, no surprise there, it was made by the old masters, with solid engineering-- it was made in right here, in America!

Yes, our colonial forefathers knew what they were doing, they were craftsmen, and they were philosophers, and, they committed their lives to safeguarding our future. They risked all to give us this machine we call democracy. We're the tools required to turn it on, and to maintain it, and to bottle it's product: wise governance that serves the needs of the people first. They left us the instruction manuals, two simple documents entitled The Constitution of the United States, and The Bill of Rights... They're still exciting reading for mechanics such as ourselves.

And so, take heart. Enjoy your eggnog this holiday season. It's a proud moment. It's a glorious time and place to be an American-- this is what it's really all about. Don't feel guilty to take a few days for your family; we all need time to recharge and rest. It'll be a working holiday, of sorts, I'm guessing you just can't help yourselves, anymore-- for we are starting to taste the rewards. When you visit your friends and family, and they ask you what you've been up to all year? You'll be bursting with pride, and you'll have a good reason to smile... You're a part of this movement, this revolution of ideas, and, together, we're going to find the best way to put things aright.

Take heart. Take pride. The fascists who would subvert our country are nervous-- we've got the monster on it's heels. Education, open minds, and love for our fellow man are our strongest weapons, and they want to shackle our minds, silence our voices, and enslave our souls with ignorance, and fear. Our voices, and our actions are slowly beginning to win the day, we are beginning to be heard. We will gather on common ground, with a list of grievances to redress. We will caucus, we will debate, we are reaching a consensus, and we will find a way to compromise. And then? We're going to smile for the rest of our lives, because it's a darn good thing, to free, and to able to live the American dream.

https://sites.google.com/site/the99percentdeclaration/

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[-] 3 points by GypsyKing (8708) 10 years ago

This was a great post. Thanks so much, and have a great holliday!

[-] 2 points by divineright (664) 10 years ago

Agreed. It's good to see a post so full of positive energy. Happy holidays to all!!!

[-] 1 points by NLake72 (510) 10 years ago

If we want to unite the people, we need to light candles, put on our coats, walk out the door, and sing them Christmas carols. Please bring extra copies of the Declaration, and give them out as gifts of hope for the coming New Year. No sales pitch, just sing for them. We will unite America with the force of love... Chaos isn't ever going to work.

[-] 1 points by divineright (664) 10 years ago

That sounds good...just holiday cheer and information. Let people think for themselves and make the right choices!

[-] 1 points by NLake72 (510) 10 years ago

Nobody wants to talk politics on Christmas Eve, they want peace, love, and happiness. We give them those things, and a piece of paper. No salespitch, just a message of hope to ponder when they are ready to read it. We can't foist ourselves on them, they have to find the message in their own sweet time. Shutting down ports? Shutting down some box store? Without a solid agenda and a coherent message? PUH-Leaze... We unify people with love, we unify them by giving them a reason to hope, we unify people when they walk themselves over to us. They won't do that unless they think we've got something they want to join, something that's in their own best interests. Anger and outrage are just not unifying factors, not as stand-alone ideas. People want stability and a sense of security. That's the ticket. Crazy kids? Angry police? Totally unproductive at this point in time.

[-] 1 points by divineright (664) 10 years ago

I'm with you 100%. I think shutting down the ports, occupying the subway and the like are turning people off and that's the last thing I want to see. Keep it simple and low pressure!

[-] 2 points by NLake72 (510) 10 years ago

The only story people know is that we're a bunch of anarchists and trouble makers, with no plan, and no clue. We can do a lot better than that, but we may actually have to sing the message instead of shout it, and <gasp> provide a better example that they actually want follow.

[-] 2 points by Windsofchange (1044) 10 years ago

Thank you for directing me to your post. Sadly,there are a lot of trolls on this site who plaster the forum with their posts, thus making it hard to view legitimate posts such as yours.

I took a quick look at the 99 percent declaration website. I am impressed. Yes, we need to keep the dialog going and keep sharing ideas. As it has been said over and over again on the OWS forum--they can't evict an idea. Thank you once again for your very thoughtful post

Just a quick word regards to the NDAA bill in the House. I came across this today. So there may be hope yet. http://armedservices.house.gov/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=23d194d7-78c9-4c57-b2d9-31bc3bb7daeb.

[-] 2 points by AFarewellToKings (1486) 10 years ago

Just wanted to read it again before bed and this really rings true:

The silent majority likes our agenda, so do our ancestors, and our children will one day thank us too. And, we will have good reason to smile, frankly, we already do.

: )

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 10 years ago

“Despair Is Not an Option”, by Senator Bernie Sanders : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29976.htm !!

Nil Desperandum et per ardua ad astra ...~~~*

[-] 2 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 10 years ago
  • Yes, our colonial forefathers knew what they were doing, they were craftsmen, and they were philosophers, and, they committed their lives to safeguarding our future. They risked all to give us this machine we call democracy.

beautiful man.

May that thread that permeates the universe

and binds us together in peace and in love

guide and protect all, and let us take great pride:

we are a secular nation.

We are a progressive nation.

We are not afraid.

[+] -4 points by bereal (235) 10 years ago

We don't have a democracy in the US, it's a Republic.

[-] 2 points by PandoraK (1678) 10 years ago

de·moc·ra·cy    [dih-mok-ruh-see] Show IPA noun, plural -cies. 1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. 2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies. 3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges. 4. political or social equality; democratic spirit. 5. the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.

We qualify.

[-] 2 points by PandoraK (1678) 10 years ago

re·pub·lic    [ri-puhb-lik] Show IPA noun 1. a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them. 2. any body of persons viewed as a commonwealth. 3. a state in which the head of government is not a monarch or other hereditary head of state. 4. ( initial capital letter ) any of the five periods of republican government in France. Compare First Republic, Second Republic, Third Republic, Fourth Republic, Fifth Republic. 5. ( initial capital letter, italics ) a philosophical dialogue (4th century b.c.) by Plato dealing with the composition and structure of the ideal state.

We qualify again!

[-] 2 points by NLake72 (510) 10 years ago

Thanks Pandora. I'm perfectly fine with splitting hairs in the pursuit of political accuracy :)

[-] 2 points by PandoraK (1678) 10 years ago

Fun, isn't it?

[-] 1 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 10 years ago

Hoo Rah

[-] 1 points by stuartchase (861) 10 years ago

The Revolution has a new theme song!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L-GOHa5-YQ

http://occupywallst.org/forum/in-the-name-of-allah/

The Revolution starts here!

[-] 1 points by AFarewellToKings (1486) 10 years ago

It goes to show that while none of us are perfect, we know that when put to the test, we can pull together and do anything if the cause is Just.

How about everyone along the road gets a turn being Paul Revere delivering the 99% Declaration from Wall Street to Philadelphia!

Thanks N for standing tall and speaking out.

[-] 1 points by NLake72 (510) 10 years ago

Oh, I'm far from perfect :) There was more than one rider that night, and we should all saddle our horses and spread the word... This is our gift of hope for the holidays. It's for the entire country, if they'll listen.