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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 10:19 PM
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Robert Reich: Money Is Speech, Corporations Are People, But Individuals Who Speak Out Arrested
Edited on Tue Nov-15-11 10:20 PM by Hissyspit
http://robertreich.org/post/12859224847

Occupiers Occupied: The Hijacking of the First Amendment

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2011

A funny thing happened to the First Amendment on its way to the public forum. According to the Supreme Court, money is now speech and corporations are now people. But when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with the political consequences of this, theyre treated as public nuisances and evicted.

First things first. The Supreme Courts rulings that money is speech and corporations are people have now opened the floodgates to unlimited (and often secret) political contributions from millionaires and billionaires. Consider the Koch brothers (worth $25 billion each), who are bankrolling the Tea Party and already running millions of dollars worth of ads against Democrats.

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This tsunami of big money into politics is the real public nuisance. Its making it almost impossible for the voices of average Americans to be heard because most of us dont have the dough to break through. By granting First Amendment rights to money and corporations, the First Amendment rights of the rest of us are being trampled on.

This is where the Occupiers come in. If theres a core message to the Occupier movement its that the increasing concentration of income and wealth poses a grave danger to our democracy.

Yet when Occupiers seek to make their voices heard in one of the few ways average people can still be heard theyre told their First Amendment rights are limited.

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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 10:24 PM
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1. One has the right in America to free speech and to protest as long as you can't be heard/seen. n/t
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 10:26 PM
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2. I thought it was as long as you are not camping.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 10:32 PM
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3. Or using a megaphone. nm
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 10:51 PM
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8. OWS does not use megaphones.
mic check!

I guess you forgot to visit.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 12:46 AM
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9. You misunderstood my post. The statement was that we have the right to free speech
as long as we dont "camp" and i added also we have free speech as long as we dont use a megaphone. I have visited thank you. I fully know "mic check".
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LanternWaste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 10:23 AM
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12. Hence, the creation and utilization of Free Speech Zones...
"The statement was that we have the right to free speech as long as we dont "camp"..."

Hence, the creation and utilization of Free Speech Zones... :shrug:
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 10:38 PM
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5. Yep, that's true. I was speaking in more general terms than specific to NYC. n/t
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 10:50 PM
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7. I dont see those words in the 1st amendment.
The camping restriction isn't in my copy.
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Newest Reality Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 10:32 PM
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4. You have to go into your closet
to protest.

It seems that the terms, public servant and representation are becoming archaic. We get neither from a large percentage of the most influential politicians.
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 10:42 PM
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6. Most politicians IMO don't give a damn about "we the people." They are in
their own club and insular to the needs of "we the people." If they had a clue we wouldn't be in this mess. Exactly as you say, "It seems that the terms, public servant and representation are becoming archaic." Many politicians would probably laugh behind your back for calling them public servants, and some, right to your face.
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Dawson Leery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 12:53 AM
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10. K/R
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Laelth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 10:20 AM
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11. k&r for exposure. Reich is correct, once again. n/t
-Laelth
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FourScore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 10:23 AM
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13. Robert Reich nails it again! k/r
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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 11:59 AM
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14. K&R'd!
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