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Cardboard Revolution

by Rabble Rouser

It’s not pitchfoks and shovels, this time.

The Trouble with Traitors: French Revolution Events history.howstuffworks.com

It’s cardboard.

Photo: Lisa Derrick, La Figa.

What started as a ragtag bunch of peaceful protesters on Wall Street, has now blossomed into a worldwide Occupy Movement.  When people around the world started to see the peaceful assembly being attacked and peaceful, unarmed protesters being brutalized by “public servants” who are supposed to “serve and protect” them, more and more supported them.  Veterans showed up, to help protect them.  A worldwide movement is now in full swing, with countries as far away as both Egypt and Israel, marching in solidarity with U.S. protesters who have been brutalized beyond belief.

One such protester, US Marine Scott Olsen, survived two tours in Iraq, only to come home and get hit in the head by an Oakland Police “projectile” and suffered brain injury to the speech center of his brain.  His crime?  Simply peacefully assembling.  He is said to have “provoked no one” and footage of the incident shows there was no cause for police to abuse their power so forcefully that night.

Scott Olsen. 24 Year old U.S. Marine, survived two tours in Iraq. Shot in the head by Oakland Police for Peaceful Assembly. Photo: copblock.org

Think about that one for a minute. Injured like this.  Suffering brain damage to the speech center of his brain.

A two tour veteran of the United States.  Literally silencing his speech.  Simply for standing up for his right to free speech.

It’s enough to leave anyone speechless.

So break out the cardboard.  Make a sign.  Put it in your car.  Just keep it there, for when you’re fed up enough, to go down to your local Occupy event and peacefully assemble.

Scott Olsen. Photo: guardian.uk

Do it for humanity.  Do it for yourself.  Do it for your neighbor.  Do it for Scott Olsen. 

Occupy Wall Street

Put your sign in there with the rest.  Take a picture.  Post it.  Share it.  From those who live in them as homes, to those who sell them for money to those who make signs out of them, cardboard is everywhere.  It’s the new pitchfork for We, The People.  Unlike pitchforks and guillotines, cardboard does not aim to hurt or cause destruction.  It exists simply and plainly, to get the word out.  To give you a voice, in an age when the Supreme Court says that whoever has the most money, gets the most free speech.

Occupy Wall Street

Do your part, to make a change.  The change, in Obama’s election wasn’t the candidate – as we now see – it was the amount of people that came out of the woodworks to vote.
We showed the vote-riggers the power of We, The People.  That scared them.  They’re hard at work, with new Jim Crow laws for the South.  We were fed up with the status quo. We elected Obama.  Then Obama met his owners.  Now we know, just like all of them (until we fix the mess that is our political system and the way it’s bought off by special interests), he is bought off.

Does that mean we run back into the arms of the worst offenders?  No.  We walk through the center, from extreme right to at the very least moderate.  From moderate, you might have an ear to the left.  The left needs to stand up and take control, if they want anyone to listen to them.  Or Independents.  Or anyone who wants a voice in our democratic process.  We are Democratic Republic.  We, The People are supposed to choose our representatives. Those people are supposed to represent us.  Not multinational corporations who have no loyalty to us.


We need to form such a powerful voting block we’ll have to be listened to, for we are much more a majority than the fringe 1% who are running things now.  Corporations still cannot vote.  They can buy our airwaves, they can buy our politicians, but we can vote money out.

Occupy Everywhere, yes.   Especially, the Voting Booth.  Cardboard can only go so far before it falls apart.   You have the support of many in the 99%.  The ones who don’t support you, don’t understand that you’re fighting for their rights, too, so persevere.  Imagine if our Founding Fathers had given up and stopped fighting to ensure that We, the People had a First Amendment.  It’s going to be up to us, to fix this.  Take the time to thank the brave soldiers who have come out, to protect your right to peacefully assemble without being brutalized by police who are supposed to be serving and protecting you.  Also take the time to thank the brave police who had the decency and respect for the U.S. Constitution and didn’t punish their own people for enjoying it.  It doesn’t take much, to scrawl a slogan on a piece of cardboard.  However, lots of people with cardboard signs, marching peacefully, follows the spirit of all great movements.  Leaders today, should be grateful we don’t have pitchforks, shovels, or guillotines anymore.

US Marine Corps Sergeant Shamar Thomas Confronts NYPD (Video) dailypicksandflicks.com

Truly, it is an insult to the senses of average citizens who are seeing these over the top displays of “force” and hideous abuses of power.  How much does it cost the city to arm all those police, send in tanks, bulldozers, and even military tactics?  Are they getting funding from the banks, like in NYC, or just wasting taxpayer money?

Denver, Oct. 2011. Screen capture by Censored News bsnorrell.blogspot.com

Wouldn’t it be more fiscally responsible to just let them peacefully assemble?


Enough is enough.  The “news” still refuses to report the truth and when they do manage to bring us a report, it leads with some inane premise that the protesters somehow “brought it on themselves” or otherwise asked for it.  They don’t want you to believe your lyin’ eyes when you watch the footage for yourself.  They want the world to think these are a bunch of rabble rousers hell bent on violence or destruction.  From what the world has seen, and it is still watching, the violence and destruction, has been coming from the police.  Not the protesters.  Break out the cardboard.

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November 2011

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