Posted by: Randall Niles | October 6, 2011

Occupy Wall Street — The Importance of the First Amendment

Undoubtedly, you’ve seen the articles, interviews, and video footage surrounding the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. I love the clarity that this series of leftist demonstrations is providing the nation. Actually, this “Occupy Wall Street” thing reminds me just how important the First Amendment to the Constitution really is…

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

When the marketplace of ideas is widely-available for everyone (including balloon-toting free-loaders), we get open and honest access to a variety of viewpoints. When passionate people have the opportunity to “make their case,” we’re all better for it.

As we know from history, good ideas have good consequences and bad ideas have bad consequences. Without free access to the full pallet of ideas, we don’t get the collective opportunity to weigh the arguments and discern logic from lunacy. We make each other better when we have to “compete” in a free enterprise information system.

So, what’s the ideological position of those currently occupying Wall Street? Here’s a “List of Demands” (sounds kind of childish and a bit totalitarian, doesn’t it?) posted to the Occupy Wall Street website (…

Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending “Freetrade” by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.

Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.

Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.

Demand four: Free college education.

Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.

Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.

Demand seven: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America’s nuclear power plants.

Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.

Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.

Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.

Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the “Books.” World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the “Books.” And I don’t mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.

Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.

Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.

These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.

I want to thank GOD for the First Amendment to our Constitution, which allows whackos to freely express themselves. Thank GOD these people have a public forum to present and defend their insane ideas. Our country will be better for it.

Keep Thinking,

Randall Niles



  1. These are very interesting demands. I wonder why they think meeting of these demands will create jobs? I wonder how people even come to conclusions like these.

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