In light of the bailouts, we should re-read the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Does the federal government represent you? Or Wall Street?
Republicans are going to displace Democrats. In anticipation of this displacement, Wall Street has double-downed on the GOP. Doesn't his mean that Wall Street will remain in power, and thus electoral forces cannot push back its power?
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Wall Street has been bailed out of every economic disaster in the past century. How much longer must this train of abuse and usurpation be?
Like King Henry, Wall Street has:
refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
No one on Wall Street has been indicted for destroying the economy. Goldman Sachs paid a mere civil fine (less than five days of trading profits) for manipulating the market, and bringing ruin to the American public.
Wall Street has
forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
Financial reform is a joke and a lie. Nothing on Wall Street will change after passage of Obama's financial (non) overhaul.
Wall Street has
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
Meetings are held in secret. Lobbyists outnumber you. Ordinary Americans are not allowed to influence legislation, due to Wall Street's army of lobbyists.
Wall Street has
impos[ed] Taxes on us without our Consent.
Did you support the bailouts? Did anyone you know support the bailouts? Yet Wall Street received tax dollars despite overwhelming opposition from the American people. Stealing your tax dollars is no different from a direct tax.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
As with other Americans, we have tried to overthrow Wall Street lawfully. We voted for Barack Obama, who promised hope and change. Instead, he continued George W. Bush's bailouts. We voted for Republicans, who promised to fight against Wall Street for us. Instead, Wall Street bought off the GOP.
Under the logic of document upon which Americans celebrate each year, the time for a Revolution is near. Prepare yourselves, because the American people are awakening from their too-long slumber.