The first time protester at the Seattle “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration would be better served to do research on how this group was started and who funds it, what its goals are and how they intend to reach them. (Wednesday letter, “Corporate hold on officials must end.“)
The first prerequisite to exercising your First Amendment rights is to know what you’re talking about. To blame “Wall Street” is like blaming the gun for the premeditated murder of the republic. Protest to your politicians who created a financial services bill that yielded rules allowing the giants of the industry to monopolize business at the expense of the small banks.
Talk to Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and politicians going back to Jimmy Carter about why they bullied banks into making home loans to your friends and relatives knowing they couldn’t afford them. Know the republic you inherited before you join a group dedicated to tearing it down. Study what capitalism and the free market are before you join in their destruction. Ask your co-protesters what they plan on replacing the banking system and the republic with. Join a Constitution study group and find out what the founders intended for this republic.
Ask why mega billionaire George Soros would be financing a group bent on destroying billionaires. Ask how a “grassroots” movement can fund health insurance and $20 an hour payments for those displaying union printed signs. The left supports the “occupiers” as a counter to the tea party. Ask Obama, Pelosi or Biden.