Conversations with Revolutionaries

3899-occupy-wall-street-014-100111[1]Thomas Jefferson wrote, “My wish was, to see both Houses of Congress cleaned of all persons interested in the bank or public stocks—cleansed, that is—of all corruption.”

If only Jefferson could see what is happening today. Not only do stockholders own the banks and the rotten, stinkin’ derivatives they sold us, they have the nerve to scream about socialism now…after they have been the recipients of it.

The public stock owners of 1776, those Jefferson wanted cleansed of corruption, now own almost everything of influence in America.

Big Pharma: It’s easier to make money off the sick than pay scientists to invent vaccines.

Big Oil: Fossil fuels are killing our earth while stock holders keep smiling and looking for Americans to subsidize the next oil bubble. Where do they think they will live with all their money? A dead planet is home to no one.

Big Media is not a free press: Stock holders of “Main Stream” media minimize the protestors…some have even ignored the protests all together. But, the 24/7 cable news has to fill all those hours. Either way—stock holders smile.

Stock holders own Monsanto and, therefore, profit from manipulating our food while threatening those who refuse to buy their seeds.

Lockheed Martin makes weapons of war, so stock holders benefit when another war erupts. Sometimes they even supply both sides of a conflict with weapons. GE makes nuclear weapons. Are you beginning to see— we are entangled in greed in every aspect of our lives? But, the protestors are right; ground zero is Wall Street.

My favorite Wall Street sign (so far) says, “Where are the reparations?” My family could certainly use our money back.

It thrills me to believe that among those protestors there might be a young John Adams or Thomas Jefferson. Both had their faults. But they did the heavy lifting when called upon. I wonder if today’s protestors are having conversations similar to those revolutionaries of 1776?

John Adams pleads with Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence.

“Why will you not write it?” Adams asks.

President number two and three were playfully and pugnaciously passing the buck.

Jefferson wants Adams to do it: “What can be your reasons?”

Adams replies: “Reason 1st. You are a Virginian, and a Virginian ought to appear at the head of this business. “Reason 2nd. I am obnoxious, suspected, and unpopular. You are very much otherwise. Reason 3rd. You can write ten times better than I can.”

If the document fell short of explaining why breaking with the monarchy, the church and corrupt politicians were the linchpins for creating democracy, Adams and Jefferson along with all the other signers of the document, would likely get hanged for treason.

Benjamin Harrison joked that he would have an advantage over the other revolutionary when they were hanged. Harrison was a massive fellow, and he understood how gravity might work in his favor—allowing his neck to break faster than the others.

It is all there…all the direction the protestors of today need.

On matters of Monarchy…Our obscenely rich corporate owners of America today…Jefferson wrote, “…take any animal, confine them in idleness and inaction whether in a stye, a stable or a state-room, pamper them with high diet, gratify all their sexual appetites, immerse them in sensualities, nourish their passions, let everything bend before them and banish whatever might lead them to think, and in a few generations they become all body and no mind…Such is the regimen of raising Kings.”

In 1776 a young Pamphleteer, Thomas Paine, wrote down his thoughts as he prepared to fight the British. Paine wrote:

“We have it in our power to begin the world over again. ..’Tis not the concern of a day, a year or an age; posterity are virtually involved in the contest, and will be more or less affected even to the end of time, by the proceedings now. Now is the seed-time…”

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