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Forum Post: One Demand - Accountability

Posted 11 years ago on Sept. 5, 2011, 6:46 p.m. EST by anonymous ()
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I say we demand that people be held accountable for the actions that have resulted in this crisis. We, the people, did not do this to ourselves. We are hardworking, ethical and patriotic. We wake up everyday and go to work and take care of our families and care for our community. It's the bankers and CEOs and wall street type that gamble big with people's lives they could care less about. It's those people who got us into this mess. And it's those people who the government is more willing to help. They get to be bailed out, and they get to keep their positions of power. And it's us, the average American, that is left to face the consequences of their actions.

We should simply demand accountability.

Maybe this means a government agency that files through the mess and irresponsible actions can be traced to actual people, rather than just "the bankers" or "the wall streeters". Actual names of people that are to be tried. We should demand jail time for those who have done illegal things, and firing of those who are simply not taking their positions of power with the responsibility it needs. It is not acceptable that WE are the ones suffering while the people that got us into this mess get off free, and we should make it clear that we will not back down and we will not be silenced until there is some accountability set into motion.



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[-] 1 points by bklynradical (1) from Brooklyn, NY 11 years ago

I'm done with peaceful protesting. And to hell with the free market. It's time for the system to collapse and for the rich to hang. Burn the mansions. Destroy run-away capitalism and this effed up political system. Reset the world or bow to the plutocracy.

[-] 0 points by anonymous () 11 years ago

I agree with accountability. The Federal Gov't is doing just that now by suing the banks (which is a little odd, because it's a little bit like suing yourself, after giving them all that money). The stupid thing was to give the banks money WITHOUT any accountability (in the heat of the crisis) and no prohibition on giving themselves big bonuses. I don't think people running failing businesses deserve any bonuses, frankly, and are damn lucky to even have their jobs. I think a good demand would be to establish a task force to drill down into WHO is responsible within these businesses (as you suggest above) and hold them accountable for fraud. Because that is what it is: a fraud perpetrated upon the American people. WE The PEOPLE vs. ?

[-] 0 points by anonymous () 11 years ago

We need a piece of drafted legislation. A draft bill. we need to say pass this bill or we will not stand down. What the details of that legislation is I cannot say, it will have to establish insitutions to police campaign financing and establish campaign finance rules like those in Canada, Australia, Britian, etc. If we can all rally behind a piece of draft legislation (passed as is and not ammended), then we will have a clear definition of success.


[-] 0 points by anonymous () 11 years ago

It kills me sometimes how activist groups often target one group that might look like the ones in charge when really the only way change can happen is politically. If you want corporate America accountable, then it can only happen from legislation. Corporations with shareholders (you, me and everyone else) are created to make money. If you want change then boycott they banks and corporations. If you want to protest, do it on the steps of congress and the whitehouse. Until these branches of our government stop taking kickbacks and bending over to get elected, then no change will ever happen....EVER. If you do manage to interrupt them and Anonymous does actually cause Wall Street to go down, you may likely damage the whole economic free market system at a time that it is more likely to CRASH...completely and irrevocably. You're worried about feeding 20,000 activists in lower Manhattan...what if...the system, the economy crashes? The delivery of goods and services through the interstate commerce system rely completely on the reliable transfer of assets...financial assets that are communicated electronically. If you take that down to the state level and municipal level, you could very well affect the vital flow of free commerce everywhere. The system is that vulnerable right now.
The only real demand is for us to go back to REAL GOLD or else the US Govt. will only keep printing cheap free money with no value.