The Occupy movement has been attacked from all angles, criticized for its lack of leadership and a singular purpose, and written off as an insignificant urban camping trip for a few neo-hippies. While those elements do exist within the various groups holding public land in cities across the United States, there is something which has been overlooked. At the very heart of it, this movement is an exhibition of classical American patriotism in action. It draws upon the rich tradition of our founding fathers, who advocated dissent as a patriotic duty, who were skeptical of banking institutions becoming “too big to fail,” and who warned against expanding government to a point where freedom would be trampled by federal bureaucracy.
In the two weeks that I have been here, camped out with people from varied demographics and walks of life, I have seen and heard evidence which both substantiates and undermines the attacks made by members of the media and the political machine. It is an inevitable byproduct of true democracy that the very worst of opinions have, at the very least, the right to be spoken. It is an idea widely attributed to Voltaire that, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” However, for all of the inflammatory rhetoric that appeals to the revolutionary aesthetic of a few individuals, there is a majority of rational, patriotic Americans here who wish to restore their nation. They hold to the truths of liberty and freedom. Truths which are now abridged by the love of money and power. They see their country being overrun by corrupt private interests which hijack the democratic process and poison the government. They read in the Declaration of Independence that, “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.”
It is now that time, when the people rise up to return control of the government to themselves. In contrast to the Arab Spring and the violent revolutions taking place overseas, this movement is not a revolution, but rather a mission of restoration. It is not a rebellion but a return to democracy. Those that seek to limit the voice of the people and bypass democracy with private corporate contributions in an attempt to usurp power and serve their own selfish interests shall be exposed and defeated. It is a truly American ideal which the citizens now work to reestablish and while the Media continue to highlight the conspiracy theorists and anarchists, those who are here, occupying Dallas understand that what they are doing, they do it because it is a patriotic duty.Credit: Presto, “Something The Media Has Overlooked,” with no copyright claimed
Presto is a member of Occupy Dallas, an affiliate organization of the Occupy movement demanding greater accountability from public and private institutions.