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Monday, June 9, 2014

Where Have all the Protesters Gone?

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The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. - Dante Alighieri

Whatever happened to the protest generation?

The Tree of Liberty has been asking “What have you done for me lately?”

   PBS aired a segment about the protest folk singers of the 60s this week…Guthrie, Baez, Dylan, Ochs and many others who wrote and sang songs about social ills and anti-war tunes.  As a young teen I listened to these songs on my transistor radio with its convenient ear plug so my parents could not hear that I was still awake.

I was a voracious reader at an early age too and read every single book from our local library which pertained to our Founding Fathers.  The ideals they stood for provided me with a lasting foundation and belief in a small government which didn’t intrude on the rights of its people.  Thomas Jefferson and others taught me our rights were not granted to us by government.  Indeed, it was the other way around, We the People granted rights to government.

Somewhere along the line that thinking got reversed, politicians now see themselves as the master, not the servant. We conducted a revolution against unfair taxes and because:  He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance." 

As most would agree, Washington and state governments have repeated the King’s cycle of too many taxes and too many bureaucrats which are strangling the lifeblood out of our nation, threatening our economic vitality while decimating the rights of citizens.  The “king” has been militarizing its police and destroying privacy and freedom through its so-called Patriot Act.

So whatever happened to all those protestors of the 60s and 70s?  Our generation was supposed to make a difference!

Outside a Small Circle of Friends

Smoking marijuana is more fun than drinking beer,
But a friend of ours was captured and they gave him thirty years
Maybe we should raise our voices, ask somebody why
But demonstrations are a drag, besides we're much too high
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends

--Phil Ochs, Pleasures of the Harbor album, often called the Apathy song


While many of us have been asleep at the wheel, our nation has been hijacked by a greedy ruthless political class which has little regard for freedom, or our national welfare.


Starts when you’re always afraid, the man comes and take you away – Buffalo Springfield “For What it’s Worth.”


Many of us became yuppies, corporate drones, some might say we lost our way or that we got too old, fat and lazy to do anymore protesting.  After all, it is still a fact that most people don’t care about much of anything outside their small circle of friends.


So what have you done lately to protect and promote freedom?  It is the civic duty of every American to NOT support anti-freedom laws and acts such as the so-called Patriot Act.  Our readers know one of my mantras is just because something is a law does not make it right, moral or ethical.


"There are not enough jails, not enough policemen, not enough courts
to enforce a law not supported by the people."

-- Hubert H. Humphrey


Here are some ways you can fight injustice:


·        Learn about Jury Nullification

·        Stop campaign contributions to the two dysfunctional parties destroying our nation

·        Stop reelecting ineffective politicians-anyone who has been in office since before the internet needs to be retired.

·        Learn the art of SHUNNING – use it on local politicos, bureaucrats and law enforcement officials who are unethical and think about launching recall efforts to rid the system of these bottom feeding parasites.

·        Start your own local action groups to share this information.


“Why should anyone trust a government that has condoned torture, spied on at least 35 world leaders, supports indefinite detention, places bugs in thousands of computers all over the world, kills innocent people with drone attacks, promotes the post office to log mail for law enforcement agencies and arbitrarily authorizes targeted assassinations? Or, for that matter, a president that instituted the Insider Threat Program, which was designed to get government employees to spy on each other and ‘turn themselves and others in for failing to report breaches…’” — Professor Henry Giroux


A democracy is only as good as those who actively participate in it and work toward getting rid of arrogant politicians and others who have forgotten who they are supposed to serve.  I always thought it was our job to save the world.

Aside from the Wall Street One Percenters, which were heartily attacked by the press...
The Tree of Liberty has been asking “What have you done for me lately?”


You’ll find plenty of free action tools you can use and share at:


Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


The Patriot Act, which few in Congress ever read prior to signing, is the single most anti-American, anti-freedom Act ever signed into law…

Sign the Petition to Repeal the Patriot Act


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