Grass Roots Rising:
[A Call for Independent Mobilization]
-Written in October of 2011 and Preserved in Its Original Form-
We would like to offer a certainly unorthodox take on the latest American grass-roots phenomenon. We submit for your consideration that the Tea Party uprising and the Occupy Wall Street movements are one and the same. We're sure there are many members of the Tea Party as well as Occupiers who would vehemently protest this idea. But we insist that, in order to truly take the bull by the horns, we must recognize the same underlying American Spring which manifests itself in these apparently distinct movements--
The Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street Protesters are both reacting to the same discontent springing from deep within the American people—a sudden and acute awareness of our shameful state of economic injustice, against the backdrop of our recent global recession. While the Tea Party, which was temporarily co-opted by the Republican ideology (but can never be permanently clouded, for its grass-roots purity will never thus allow) might focus on the injustice of the bank bailouts; the Occupiers will seize upon the travesty of wealth inequality. And while the Tea Party might be reluctant to identify the problem as wealth inequality due to their temporary (for the people’s grass-roots hearts can never be permanently deceived) and stubborn belief in upward mobility still fed to them by the Republican philosophy; the Occupiers might likewise be tempted to settle their claims through some great government hand out as Democrats tend to do. Hence will the status quo of the Republican and Democratic Parties (our two-faced Boss) attempt to appease an unstoppable American Spring which is ultimately purer than partisanship! But then the Tea Party will wise up to the fact that upward mobility is now a dead promise; as will the Occupiers, if they are likewise temporarily appeased, realize that such a ‘quick fix’ which leaves the underlying wound of economic injustice will never truly suffice.
In this on-going process of purgation, two major ideological impurities must be burned out of the Tea Party and the Occupy movements, respectively, in order to see a true unification of movement and ultimate democratic collaboration. The Tea Party must wise up to the misconception that government is the inherent problem (recognizing that We The People are better understood as gardeners while government is our garden, so that the solution to an overrun and diseased ridden garden is not to eliminate it, but to prune it through wise self-representation); while the Occupiers must open their eyes to the process of democratic participation as the only healthy means of effecting real change (that rather than indiscriminately cutting down the garden, We The People should carefully prune it through enlightened self-representation in that wonderful democratic process given us by our forefathers). Here again, both movements have what the other lacks, for while the Occupiers intuitively know that government is their only defense against the many forms of usury alien to the people’s true interests, the Tea Party intuitively recognizes democratic action as the only effective means of bringing about change. Yet the Tea Party is largely composed of individuals who have been brainwashed by the corporate manipulated media through such as conservative talk shows which espouse the people’s causes but whose policies bold facedly defend the moneyed interests; while the Occupiers are largely composed of individuals who the more quickly recognize such lies but are pessimistic about changing things through legitimate political action. In the end, the Occupies and the Tea Party members will come together only when the one has resurrected its faith in government correctives, and the other has resurrected its faith in the need for government. Or, to put it in a different way, grass-roots democratic revival will occur only when We The People realize that WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT.
This therefore is our prediction, which amounts to a warning to the Republican AND Democratic parties: the people will no longer be deceived! For as George Washington advances: “The power of the Constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interests, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can, and undoubtedly will, be recalled.” Our political leaders must cease their attempts to pull the wool over our great American people’s eyes. They must stop being infiltrated by the corporate and moneyed interests which continue to squeeze our American citizenry. They must end their reliance on the American people’s innocent trust that their parties sincerely represent the peoples’ interests, while foolishly underestimating the power of the 99 percent.
For on that bright day when the Tea Party recognizes the Occupiers as brothers and sisters 99—on that day will there be hell to pay!
One of our paramount objectives is to educate the people to exercise their interests in effective ways, for as Thomas Jefferson wrote: “I know of no safe depositor of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”
In the November 21st edition of The Nations, Bill Moyers presents a pivotal article entitled “How Wall Street Occupied America.” After presenting how the then “future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell” lead a “class war waged from the top down,” and how this resulted in a “forty year ‘veritable crusade’ against our institutions, laws and regulations—against the ideas, norms and beliefs that helped to create America’s iconic middle class;” the result was that “the United States is looking more and more like ‘the capitalist oligarchies, like Brazil, Mexico, and Russia,’ where most of the wealth is concentrated at the top while the bottom grows larger and larger with everyone in between just barely getting by.” And while Mr. Moyers consequently understands why “so many Americans have felt that sense of political impotence that historian Lawrence Goodwyn described as ‘the mass resignation’ of people who believe in the ‘dogma of democracy’ on a superficial public level but whose hearts no longer burn with the conviction that they are part of the deal;” he nonetheless obstinately asks, “who, in these cynical times, with democracy on the ropes and America’s body politic pounded again and again by the blows of organized money—who would dream such a radical thing [as a truly grass-roots revival of representative democracy]?”
We submit to you that New American Spring is just this revival!