Occupiers, the Movement, and Oakland

In the easiest terms possible let all of us look at the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution where so much of the infamous “rule of law” is held.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establish 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 re-dress of grievances.”

Today and for good reason we believe we would like to look at the provision of “…the right of the people peaceably to assemble…” Let’s start with what is at issue here, the right to peaceably assemble.

The right to peaceably assemble literally means inclined toward peace and avoiding contentious situations; to remain tranquil and free from strife and disorder; furthermore, to peaceably assemble according to the U.S. Constitution simply means “avoiding arguments and violence while behaving or happening in a way that promotes peace, amiably, placidly, agreeability, compliantly and above all diplomatically.(You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.)

In an attempt to be professional and diplomatic one should also be calm, have a sense of tranquility about them, with serene tranquility whilst expressing harmoniously what agenda one may have to espouse what it is precisely that one wants. (At this point in your “Movement” most of us still don’t know what it is that you are protesting for.)

Looking at the travesty of events occurring in Oakland, California this weekend, what if any, of the aforementioned behaviors were demonstrated by the “Occupy Movement”?

One of the most meaningful lessons that the greats of all civilization advocates was the notion of “non-violent protesting.” Tomorrow being the celebratory beginning of the month to honor African-Americans, here is a situation where our call to civility as espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as influenced by  Mahatma Gandhi in the notion of non-violent protest can best be heard.

Ladies and gentlemen to protest anything by the public means compliance to the laws of local government then State government, and finally the federal government. What is meant here is that a very disorganized mob of people without leadership, void of critical thinking, let loose to attack and destroy municipal buildings, private businesses, and worse still other human beings and those given to the mere protection of your communities is egregious, reckless, and irresponsible. Tell us now, who is going to listen to such malcontent?

Allow us to set this one up, and hopefully without rhetoric we will be able to give your “movement” some life with teeth. First and foremost what is it that you are protesting for? We’ve heard the 99 percent; the redistribution of wealth; the 1 percent with of course, the tearing down of your nation’s economic system and quite openly making claims of wanting to change some issues overnight.

Understanding that to protest and/or the petition the government for re-dress takes a degree of civility and manners. One cannot take up public land and parks, or wherever to hold a camp-out. One needs to get to the local civic center to obtain permits to occupy such property. And we’re reasonable certain that there exists ample room for why you do what you do.

We indeed are sorry for our vagueness to the issues; however, as a normal working stiff in this nation, it is up to YOU to let us know what the problem is and how it can be corrected. But then again, how will we ever know when the first act of your protest doesn’t follow extremely good understanding of how it should be?

During the spring and summer months of 2011 we all saw the reckless disregard for civil obedience to include violence and killing in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya the same as we see the carnage going on in Syria, Yemen, and other nations as well. Piracies on open seas are now killing hostages, yet at the same time they may have five hundred million in crude oil worth a ton of money. And NO! Before you even ask, it is not right to do what they are doing. But at least they are doing something to be heard. They have no Constitution that addresses how to do it. We do.

Recommendation: Define what it is [reasonably] that you want to see changed.

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