Good morning and welcome to the dawn of the police state, not the beginning of the police state, but its dawn. If you have been looking for an event which in your mind would signal the dawn of the police state, you need look no further than Zuccotti Park.
Individuals protesting income inequity, wars and injustice have for the past eight weeks been sleeping outdoors. They have stayed despite the rain and cold, they have slept on concrete and they have endured privations to peacefully send a message to their government.
This fraud of a Democratic government has responded with pepper spray, tear gas, rubber bullets and the truncheon. They have responded the way autocratic dictatorships have always responded. The New York police come in the dark of night, no differently than the Soviet NKVD or the Chinese troops in Tiananmen Square. The police come in the dark of night to hide what they do; they come in the dark of night because they don't want the country, at large, to see what they do. They come in the dark of night because these are shameful things. They have exposed the truth, that our government is a fraud and exposed the big lie, that you are free.
"Public Space?" Who was it that was occupying that"Public Space"? Protestors must follow park rules, but who makes those rules? The First Amendment protects free speech, but government makes the rules of when we say, and where we say and how we say. A ludicrous assertion that you may sing while they control the music.
Bloomberg- "New York police have avoided a confrontation with demonstrators camped in a public park that's privately owned near the World Trade Center site since the owner postponed clearing sections for cleaning in mid-October. In cities across the country, crime combined with poor sanitary conditions and complaints of losses at local businesses have eroded tolerance for the camps as expressions of free speech."
Let the specters draw back the curtains and understand that we have turned a page. The illusion of freedom is fading fast, just as the illusion of Democratic government is fading fast. Rest yourself and brace yourself, for the storm ahead. Understand here, that the protestors in Zuccotti Park have won for us a great victory. They have changed the political dialog and narrative in this country so much in eight weeks, it has made the Republican candidates for the Presidency an inarcanism and Barack Obama's pronunciations now make him look absurd.
The mayor of New York through his uniformed goons has made clear to one and all, their own failure. Democracy is not fragile, it is rugged, and it does not fear dissent. The body politic fear the message coming from Zuccotti Park, because that message is resonating and waking up millions. The body politic foolishly think that by breaking up the fire of the encampment they can stop it, but instead, it will only spread the embers of their own demise"everywhere.
Bloomberg- "I have become increasingly concerned -- as had the park's owner, Brookfield Properties -- that the occupation was coming to pose a health and fire safety hazard to the protesters and to the surrounding community," the mayor said a release prior to the press conference."
Cry me a river you billionaire fraud, Sing me a song of your love for Democracy! Show me your tears for those living in filth because of the world you so love.
"Some politicians may physically remove us from public spaces -- our spaces," activists said in a statement released at 2:25 a.m. local time. "You cannot evict an idea whose time has come."
Maybe someday this nation will strike a medal to honor those of Zuccotti Park. To honor freedom no differently, than the Bastille or the Battleship Potemkin to remember, "Here is where it began."
"After a while you'll think no thought the others do not think. You'll know no word the others can't say. And you'll do things because the others do them. You'll feel the danger in any difference whatever-a danger to the crowd of like-thinking, like-acting men...Once in a while there is a man who won't do what is demanded of him, and do you know what happens? The whole machine devotes itself coldly to the destruction of his difference. They'll beat your spirit and your nerves, your body and your mind, with iron rods until the dangerous difference goes out of you. And if you can't finally give in, they'll vomit you up and leave you stinking outside--neither part of themselves, nor yet free...They only do it to protect themselves. A thing so triumphantly illogical, so beautifully senseless as an army can't allow a question to weaken it."- John Steinbeck
"I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves."
-- Che Guevara