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Forum Post: The 99% "Mic Checks" the 1% - have 'We The People' finally found our voice?

Posted 12 years ago on Nov. 26, 2011, 2:04 p.m. EST by TIOUAISE (2526)
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"As the lead Republican negotiator during the manufactured debt crisis, Eric Cantor had the podium all summer long. He walked out of the early debt talks, insisting on a cuts-only solution. The House Majority Leader readily dismissed sensible proposals like ending billions in wasteful tax giveaways for corporations and the super-rich. Cantor's callousness is legendary - he even withheld FEMA assistance to his own and other hurricane-ravaged districts until disaster-relief spending was offset by cuts.

With Cantor at the helm, Republicans in the House refused to end $20 billion in wasteful subsidies to tax-dodging oil companies, stalled on closing corporate tax loopholes that bleed out $100 billion annually, and even refused to close a tax loophole for corporate jet owners. Republicans got everything they wanted thanks to Cantor - cuts to public services, no new revenues and a "supercommittee" tasked with making even more harmful cuts.

So on November 10 in Houston, a handful of brave Rice University grad students interrupted the House majority leader with a "mic check" protest live on C-SPAN, despite an overwhelming security presence (and my own arrest). All Cantor could do was smile sheepishly and be quiet while law-abiding, taxpaying Americans directly confronted him and spoke loudly, in unison, against his cruel policies. With Occupations in hundreds of cities across all 50 states, and past mic checks of the likes of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Michele Bachmann, Karl Rove and Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, the goons of the corporatocracy will now always have to be wary of a mic check wherever they go. Occupiers even boldly mic checked President Obama in New Hampshire.

The mic check can disrupt the most powerful people in the world and demand the attention of every person and every camera. It evades all metal detectors, x-rays and pat-downs. All it requires is a handful of people with loud voices and determination. The mic check has recently become the Occupy movement's preferred method of speaking directly to the corporate executives and government officials who actively work against the interests of the 99 percent. And when it starts, those within earshot have no choice but to be quiet and listen, even over attempted shout-downs and police intervention.

Critics of mic check protests accuse Occupiers of denying these politicians and CEOs their right to free speech by interrupting their speeches. This is equivalent to telling a kid he was wrong for shouting a pithy insult at the bully who just bloodied his nose and stole his bike. Of course, such accusations are nonsense - these are powerful people who own cable-news networks, newspaper conglomerates, radio airwaves and gerrymandered Congressional districts. They can call press conferences and have swarms of reporters record every word at a moment's notice. And for all the ceaseless attacks on public-sector jobs, Medicare/Medicaid, food stamp assistance, and pensions by Cantor, Walker and their ilk, they rightly deserve some verbal pushback from their victims. Just like with the Tea Party's 2009 town hall shout-downs over universal healthcare, free speech is still free speech, even when it disrupts the 1 percent.

As the supercommittee's failure brings on automatic spending cuts for programs the 99 percent pay for and depend upon, Washington should take note of the Occupiers at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza. They should be ready for a surge of Occupiers in the coming weeks as Occupy Wall Street activists march toward Capitol Hill on foot. And Congress should be prepared for thousands more to bring the fight right to their doorstep next month in defiance of unforgiving December weather.

If they can't hear our voices in our own cities, we'll raise them loudly right under their noses. The mic check might even find its way inside the House and Senate galleries."

Read the Carl Gibson article on : http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/the-99-mic-checks-the-1



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[-] 2 points by owsrulez (75) 12 years ago

It seems rather childish to me. Dunno.

[-] 0 points by TIOUAISE (2526) 12 years ago

'We The People' are finally finding our voice and "owsrulez" (a TROLL???) finds that "childish...

I suppose you would have found 1776 childish as well???

[-] 1 points by owsrulez (75) 12 years ago

Care to respond ?

[-] 1 points by owsrulez (75) 12 years ago

Isn't disrupting conversation the same tactic Trolls use. I think we should be protest in a respectful manner.

[-] 0 points by alouis (1511) from New York, NY 12 years ago

"Respectful?" We have to shout and expect pepper spray and beatings just in order to be heard above the corporate MSM chatter and clatter.

[-] 1 points by owsrulez (75) 12 years ago

MLK didn't.

[-] 0 points by alouis (1511) from New York, NY 12 years ago

You're mixing apples and bananas. MLK certainly, along with his movement, faced all sorts of legal and extra legal violence. He did have to some extent the backing of some of the centers of power, like the State Deprtment that wanted the ambassadors from newly independent countries not to be humiliated when traveling throughout this country. In the end MLK got killed and the conspirators never were brought to justice. OW is wise perhaps not to put a charismatic leader out front. That person might not live very long.

[-] 1 points by owsrulez (75) 12 years ago

Doesn't mean we couldn't use his tactics. He would be advising us to change many of our approaches.

[-] 1 points by ScrewyL (809) 12 years ago

Or hey, you could welcome the support of Senators. >.>

[-] 1 points by owsrulez (75) 12 years ago

If your message AND approach are right, you don't even have to ask for support. If either are wrong, even begging for support will be futile.

[-] 1 points by ScrewyL (809) 12 years ago

I had an ulterior intent with that statement. It was sarcasm, not meant to be taken literally.

[-] 1 points by owsrulez (75) 12 years ago

Oh, sorry. Sarcasm is sometimes hard to read around here with all the kooks and nuts. Hee. Hee.

[-] 0 points by alouis (1511) from New York, NY 12 years ago

Look, 18 mainly Democrat mayors got on the phone with each other and with Obama's DHS to discuss, plan and coordinate an attack on OWS. MLK in fact was not universally demonized, he was something of a hero at least among liberals, and back them moe people called themselves liberals. MLK got murdered when he "left the reservation" of civil rights (fighting legalized jim crow) to champion poor people and oppose the Vietnam war.


[-] 1 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

Carl Gibson is a man after my own heart.



Oh how I abhor

the hordes of lying whores

who prowl the People's halls of power

bearing gifts in the name of Profit.


[-] 1 points by michael4ows (224) from Mountain View, CA 12 years ago

haha... a favorite rice university cheer... "That's alright, that's ok, you're gonna work for us someday."

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 12 years ago

Hell Yes

[-] 1 points by ciavlad (85) 12 years ago

We can not do anything with such people : For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God . This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.