Friday, November 4, 2011

Bill Moyers: America Occupies Wall Street Because Wall Street Occupies America

Inspirational speech

here is a brief excerpt but I strongly recommend reading the entire speech

"So I'm here as both citizen and journalist to thank you for all you have done, to salute you for keeping the faith, and to implore you to fight on during the crisis of hope that now grips our country.

The great American experience in creating a different future together - this "voluntary union for the common good" - has been flummoxed by a growing sense of political impotence - what the historian Lawrence Goodwyn has described as a mass resignation of people who believe "the dogma of democracy" on a superficial public level but who no longer believe it privately.

There has been, he says, a decline in what people think they have a political right to aspire to - a decline of individual self-respect on the part of millions of Americans.

You can understand why. We hold elections, knowing they are unlikely to produce the policies favored by the majority of Americans. We speak, we write, we advocate - and those in power turn deaf ears and blind eyes to our deepest aspirations.

We petition, plead, and even pray - yet the earth that is our commons, which should be passed on in good condition to coming generations, continues to be despoiled. We invoke the strain in our national DNA that attests to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" as the produce of political equality - yet private wealth multiplies as public goods are beggared.

And the property qualifications for federal office that the framers of the Constitution expressly feared as an unseemly "veneration for wealth" are now openly in force; the common denominator of public office, even for our judges, is a common deference to cash...."

read the entire speech at link above

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