Those in power and those who deem themselves powerful, may have finally discovered that there is a preamble to the U.S. Constitution that reads, "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
The people know, and many of today's Occupy protesters have not only read the Constitution, but have found meaning in its words.
They are angry, disenchanted and upset with corporations, financial institutions, government agencies, elected officials, their lobbyist cohorts, and those individuals of extreme wealth and power who have limited concern for the general welfare of the other ninety-nine percent of the people.
Some have placed themselves far apart from and far above the rest, and at times against the law of the land and the unwritten law of common decency. Although they may be different in nature and in their goals, many have similar, undesirable traits of being self-indulgent, duplicitous, lying, cheating, greedy, manipulative, and inept.
They have misconstrued the conception of promoting the general welfare, to mean that they are the generals and they are looking first and foremost after their own financial welfare.
The Yiddish language may best befit describing the actions of many of today's problem creators who want the protesters to gey avek, just go away. Until protestors came on the scene and made der tuml (caused chaos), these goniffs (thieves) thought that they could get away with their narishkeyt; absurd, detrimental nonsense. Many of those in power have quietly and covertly elevated themselves into self-proclaimed, controlling roles but the people are now shouting "genug iz genug," enough is enough. Apropos Yiddish expressions can be found on web sites such as www.theoyway.com.
The people know that many in Congress seem to be in business for themselves and at times their sole objective seems to be getting reelected at any cost, even if it means abdicating their role as representatives of "we the people." Many are beholden to the intermediary lobbyists and those entities they represent including financial institutions and corporations.
The administration pretends to be immune to such under-the-table actions, so amidst pre-planned hoopla, the "people's president" visited the Bay Area in October to do his own lobbying for campaign funds. The attendees at a fancy San Francisco hotel paid a minimum of $7,500 to hear him voice the usual campaign platitudes, and larger contributions garnered a photograph with Obama. In September, at the exclusive suburban residence of Facebook's COO, faithful fawners paid $35,800 to enjoy a prosaic dinner with him. The attendees are definitely not part of the 99 percent crowd, and their only protest might have been that their filet mignon was not cooked precisely to their taste.
The people know this and that is why in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, the President's disapproval rating matched his approval rating of 46 percent, while Congress hardly worked to earn its 84 percent disapproval rating.
The people are finding out that if they raise their voices in protest, they can bring about change, and have more change in their own pockets. When Bank of America offered their customers a chance to pay a $5 a month fee to get to their own money by using the debit card the bank "forced" upon them, people said "No." When the bank received a deluge of complaints with the threat of closing accounts, it reluctantly relented and cancelled their benevolent offer.
The guileless politicians watch in confused and frightened awe and all but a few are maintaining a wait-and-see-what's-best-for-me attitude about how to use the protests to their advantage or to the disadvantage of their opponents. All the while they are watching the action from afar on the television news.
When mediocre broadcast media coverage is not focusing on the juicier, easier-to-report Perry's verbal gaffs or Cain's alleged physical improprieties, they turn to the protests. The people know that the inept broadcast media are an insidious culprit in this drama, and they are bewildered as how to cover the protesters.
But the sensation-chasing broadcast media have sought out to cover the far-less-than 1 percent of the protesters whose disruptive physical actions are more suited for their cameras than people peacefully protesting. They have an insatiable need to present camera-ready scenes of hooligans and anarchists destroying property. These people are there for their own selfish, destructive reasons while damaging the people's legitimate movement for change.
Complaints are coming from city officials, protesters, concerned citizens, the cable media's false pundits, and the tea party. The latter gained its own notoriety by the media's overblown coverage of their early activities. Now the Richmond (VA) Tea Party is complaining that city officials are favoring Occupy Richmond because the protesters received a free pass, while they had to pay for permits and portable toilets for their events. That's the price they had to pay for their sit-in.
The media, politicians, financial institutions and corporations don't know what to do about the legitimate protests and sincere Occupy protesters, but the people know that now is time to act. In their own way, they are doing something tangible and overt to try and form a far more perfect Union than the one that has been given to them by those they elected to office.