I am following the Occupy Wall Street protest, that has been growing on Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.
I read somewhere, or maybe heard in on Cenk Ugyar’s Young Turks, that several unions will be joining the protest next week. It sounds like the people who want more Wall Street accountability, and a return to the progressive tax structure of 1945-1980, are going to keep making their point in public until these views are more accepted by what’s fast becoming America’s overlord class. (If it isn’t already . . . )
One regrettable incident this week was when a New York cop, said to be Anthony Baloney (I know the spelling must not be right), maced a few young women who were part of the protest. It was unprovoked, and you probably have seen the clip on YouTube or on regular television.
What happened to the free assembly clause in the First Amendment?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It’s pretty clear that the NYPD overreacted; and, frankly, it’s because nowadays it is more of a paramilitary that disguises itself as a police force. (This was due to 9/11 of course.) I want to hear more apology from the NYPD. This is not the South.
[More when I find that famous picture from Kent State (1970).]