Occupy DC to defend our dream, right to sleep
We have a dream of a better world. Let us sleep so we have the energy to create it.
Participants of Occupy DC at McPherson Square, both sleeping members and non-sleeping members, will defend the public space we have used as our center for activism on this Monday, January 30th. The National Park Service has given notice that they will be giving citations to – i.e. likely arresting – occupiers at noon for having camping material in an attempt to shut down our movement. Occupy DC will peacefully resist this politically motivated attempt to suppress the free speech of the disenfranchised 99%.
The 1%, led by Darrell Issa, the wealthiest member of Congress, has launched an attack upon the free speech of those of us who disagree with the direction in which our country is going but cannot afford to give unlimited contributions to Super PACs or have lobbyists write legislation for us. In occupying public spaces we act as an ongoing challenge to the K Street lobbyists and elected officials undermining our democracy through the corrosive influence of money in politics.
We give shelter and voice to those who have had none. Attempted foreclosure upon our home will not solve homelessness or improve our health and safety. Nor will it quiet us.
At a time in American history when corporations are deemed to be people and money is considered free speech, structures sustaining people who are working to improve our democracy should be equally protected by society. Occupy DC is a voice for the 99%, whose voices have been kept out of the back rooms and muzzled in our economic and political conversations.
It’s no accident that the 1% earned 60 percent of all new income in the last three decades. The system is rigged against us, the 99%, and it will take more than voting to fix. On Monday we will defend free speech and our vision of a just society from attempted repression by the 1% – by any peaceful means necessary.
We will be providing updates to the press, and participants will be available for interviews throughout the day. People will be livetweeting with the #defend99 and #J30 hashtags. Livestream URLs will be published on those tweets. Occupy DC Media can be reached at 202-540-0155.
Looks like my usual lunch time constitutional may be very entertaining tomorrow. Frankly, I'm surprised. I didn't think Barry and His Corrupt Gang of Progressives were willing to stay true to their constitutional oath to enforce the laws. We shall see ...
Could be a double reverse back flip to give up the mud pit without giving up the "cause." RebelPundit has insight into the next big move.
"Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"
Driving past Camp Stinky, McPherson Square this morning, I noticed two things in particular. A few more derelicts than usual, and a lot more media than usual. So it appears there will be kabuki and farce at Camp Stinky to bemuse the civil society.
And let us not forget Team Leftie still has Camp Stinky, Freedom Plaza - which already enjoys the cover of a permit extorted from the Park Service months ago. It is also a strategically superior assembly point for Team Leftie - the foundation is raised concrete (with drainage pipes embedded) instead of mud. I'm firming up a theory this is a just a tactical withdrawal.
Update #2 1/30/12
Home from work and now in my jammies (no feet). The occupiers of Camp Stinky did not disappoint. These geniuses, for the first time as far as I know, draped the statue of General McPherson in spray paint adorned tarpelin. I guess he thought it was an improvement protecting him from the usual pigeon sh*t. But the General's relief was brief. The occupiers calculations were faulty and the general's hat, as well as his steed's ears, poked through their free speech.
So far, though, Barry's Park Police have not enforced the sleeping ban on Barry's Bolshevik Brigade. Maybe they are waiting until ... you know, when the occupiers ... go to sleep.
Bob Schieffer Blog Roll stalwarts Pundit and Pundette have a morning update on the epic standoff. The local news here in DC reports the McPherson Square mob plans to stay up all night every night indefinitely. Pure genius. Well, at least the sleep deprivation should increase the day time entertainment value for commuters.
Update #2 1/31/2012
This thing is beginning to look like a showdown between Barney Fife and Ernest T. Bass.
During my noon time constitutional I initially found the Tent of Dreams in the previous day's state. On cue, there was a thunderous riiiiiip! sound, as the tent was further torn by the wind. I was Johnny-on-the-spot requesting a 'mic check' to ask if anyone had any duct tape. I was largely ignored, proving occupiers fail to respect free speech, in addition to being racist and misogynistic.
By 2 pm or so, the Tent of Dreams had fallen down to General McPherson's waist. The occupiers missed an opportunity to recover the situation by renaming it the Skirt of Dreams. I then observed the occupiers' Tent of Dreams Committee deciding what to do. One proposal was to to make an offer to the Park Police to take it down in return for the 'right to sleep' in the park. With negotiation skills like this, it's a wonder they have failed to grow their enterprise into every park in DC with a civil war statue. (hint: there are a lot of those)
At 4 pm or so I observed the Tent of Dreams down around the horse's ankles and the police rushing to the scene en masse. (It was actually half a dozen park police strolling from their usual position on the edges toward the center).
It is now 7 pm here in my capitalist bastion wired to the Intertubes and I think I now know why.
Here's the bottom line, kiddies. Barry is executing the Saul Alinsky / Bill Ayers playbook - fomenting chaos to exploit for tyrannical purposes - but the result is looking more and more like vaudeville slapstick. Because We The People have better things to do - like make a living and take care of our families.