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In seeking non-violent solutions to the crises of today, we must at the same time accept and maintain our certain knowledge of the intrinsic worth of all human beings as a cornerstone of our society. If and only if one part or another of our society is deemed to be of lesser value, to be less "human" or important than the rest, can the ideas of non-violence, passive resistance, and civil disobedience, fail to change society for the better.

The One Percenters, the want-to-be patricians of this new oligarchy, would strip the concept of equal justice under the law from us, from our families, and from future generations. In doing this, they demonstrate beyond any doubt their own fears, and feelings of inadequacy when confronted with a world where they must compete with others without the massive advantages of familial position and wealth. They know that without their money, without the legacy of their ancestors' names, that they cannot successfully compete with the average American solely upon the basis of individual merit. Maintaining those advantages are paramount if they and their families are not to disappear from history, and without the advantages of wealth and power, history is all that most of them have to hold on to.

We are at a crossroads in our history. We must decide if our unalienable rights as human beings--both those which are unwritten but intrinsic to us, and those which are specific to the Constitution--are worth standing up for, and if we are willing to stand for them. This has always been the choice of any free people, but the contrast between haves and have nots in America have not been so stark in more than eighty years.

The United States is teetering on the edge of becoming a Third World country. Only by our actions, our resistance to the subversion by the oligarchic minority, can we still save ourselves. The time has come for us to just say "No!" to the blandishments and misinformation of the main stream media, and take back what is rightfully ours: our economy, our democracy, and our way of life.

May we all be blessed in this struggle against oppression.

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