L. Giard: Protests encourage change

I've been reading and listening to the news about the march on Wall Street and I am very impressed by this movement. Dissent, to me, is very patriotic.

We cannot all be camping out in protest but we could take turns, by groups, to march from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the state capital. The ones who can could travel to Washington, D.C., and do the same there.

Not much will change in this country until millions and millions of people are willing to peacefully protest, and for as long as it takes to encourage changes for the common good.

People keep blaming President Barack Obama for the mess this country is in. Did people really listen to his plans to revitalize the country? Members of Congress did all they could to destroy all his efforts.

If we are going to blame anyone, blame Congress, or its owners — corporate America. Most of the laws they lobby for favor the top 1 percent of the population.

This nation has all the resources needed to prosper, but they are all held very securely in the wrong hands.

The U.S. is controlled by fear, always the fear of not having enough.

"In God we trust" doesn't really apply unless the Golden Rule is practiced.

We, the people, need to blame ourselves for the lack of dissent.

Now, more than ever, people must be willing to work for the common good. I am grateful for those who already are.

Lou Giard, Turner

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Steve  Dosh's picture

L. Giard: Protests encourage change

. ...We are all grateful , Lou • 11.19.11
†hanks for your thoughtful note
You know that tree on the Connecticut quarter ?
" The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants . It is its natural manure." -- Tom Jefferson ref : http://www.working-minds.com/TJquotes.htm
Non violent protest does encourage positive change . Peace Prize winners King , Carter , R. Menchu and our President Obama know this , also ( Ghandi never received one ! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Peace_Prize )
/s Steve Dosh , Returned Peace Corps Volunter , Micronesia '78 http://www.peacecorps.gov celebrating 5 0 years of non - violent & positive change http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

'We the people, need to blame

'We the people, need to blame ourselves for the lack of dissent."
How about we, the people, need to blame ourselves for continuing to elect the idiots and morons we keep electing, Lou?

Steve  Dosh's picture

. ...Paul ? You know we

. ...Paul ? You know we don't believe in political jokes . We've seen too many e l e c t e d :)
btw - Write in Colin Powell ( or his son Mike - former FCC head ) on your Republican ticket for Presdient and the Hon . Suaan Collins for V P . Michelle Bachman finally finished writing her book . P h e w ! Took her long eoungh , \s, Steve Dosh

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

With all due respect, Powell,

With all due respect, Powell, Collins, Snowe, and I'll throw Bill Cohen in there for good measure, are all RINOs. Might just as well vote for a democrat or a communist.

KRIS KUCERA's picture

The real travesty:

More than half of the members of the U.S. Senate and House are in the top 1% -- those making more than $560,000 a year. And we wonder why they can't get anything done for the rest of us? Why would they? when their real interests are padding their portfolios and getting reelected.

Until we take the money out of politics (the disastrous Citizens United v. FEC ruling only makes matters far worse), we will not see any effective governance for the citizens of this country.

Steve  Dosh's picture

. .. .Good point • Kris .

. .. .Good point • Kris . That's a similar point that Mike Moore drove home in his 2 0 0 4 movie , " Farehnheit 9/11 ," when he tried to find out if - a n y - U S Congressmen or women had children serving in Iraq . As i remember , one did
" I Ain't No Fortunate Son " -- CCR ( Creedance Clearwater Revival) during the Viet Nam war
At least they'll all be home for Christmas . God Bless "em all , male and female alike . We are the 99 % , e, all of you reading this . We really are . http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/ /s, Dr. Dosh

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Using Michael Moore's work to

Using Michael Moore's work to validate a political point is akin to blaming Walter Lantz for the state of current world affairs.

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The "occupy" protests ...

... are impressive for several reasons.
(1) Lack of focus. Pick 5 protestors and ask each one what is the purpose of the protest - you'll get 5 completely different answers. The most common theme is hatred of capitalism, although what to replace it with remains unspecified.
(2) Choreography. Far from a spontaneous "grassroots" movement, the protests are planned ahead and coordinated, using technology produced by capitalism.
(3) Violence and racism - especially that old favorite, antisemitism. Compared to these "protests", Tea Party rallies are Sunday afternoon picnics.
The OWS people are being manipulated by individuals and groups who believe it's in their best interests to have our country "fundamentally transformed". That Mr. Obama seems to embrace the movement, while overlooking its obvious faults, is all the more reason to make him a one-term president. That some perceive the movement as simple patriotic dissent makes "change" in 2012 all the more imperative.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The Pirate will respectfully

The Pirate will respectfully add point #4, Frosty: Absence of showers and bodily hygiene.

 's picture

Hah!

"Tea Party rallies are Sunday afternoon picnics." I agree! Throw in plenty of Medicare scooters, assault weapons, a token minority here and there, plenty of Hitler references, maybe a few tribal chief images, Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers, and misspelled words from a dictionary only a true Teahadist could understand, and they're almost alike! USA! USA! USA!

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there are more minorities at

there are more minorities at any tea party than there are in the US Senate. There are more anti-semitic videos made from the average occupy protest than at all the tea party meetings. We haven't heard about body lice, fleas, rapes, assaults, drug dealing, public defecation or urination, or rambling incoherant rants at any tea party protests. and lets see you prove some Hitler references associated with tea party protests.

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just one?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"Who but an 'occupier' has

"Who but an 'occupier' has the time to go about chasing down that blue link reference propaganda?", said the haughty parrot. "we get all the news that's worthy of reading from Politico and the National Enquirer, although the Enquirer has much better photos", mused he.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Unlike the 'defecaters', at

Unlike the 'defecaters', at least the teapartiers clean up after themselves.

KRIS KUCERA's picture

Curiously, who has your 2012 vote, then?

Let me guess, Kathleen Parker is not right-wing enough because she's employed by the Post (as is Charles Krauthammer, George Will, Jennifer Rubin, and Marc Theissen.)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-palinization-of-the-gop/2011/...

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