Friday, January 20, 2012

Reasonable Solutions Occupy The Courts Speech

(update with video!) What follows is the (rough) transcript of the speech I am giving today for the Reasonable Solutions Occupy Wall Street Philadelphia non profit at the Occupy the Courts Event starting at noon today at Thomas Paine Plaza.

Good afternoon and thank you very kindly for being here, my friends..  It was written in the preamble of our constitution that  “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Occupy the courts is a national day of protest stemming from the supreme courts ruling on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission January 20, 2010. In effect corporations now have the same first amendment rights as legal citizens allowing them to give unlimited campaign contributions to any candidate in the form of unregulated political advertising.  Money is now a form of free speech.  This ruling effectively choked the political power of the people by handing over the rights of citizenship to corporate entities.  In this era of corporate control, our politicians serve those who will bankroll their campaigns over their constituents: we the people of these United States..
If not legally prevented from doing so by our legislature or our courts, corporations will continue to place politicians in power who will serve their interests.  The interests of We The People will be ignored.  Laws will be passed which strip away any regulations which would inhibit corrupt business practices.  Laws will be passed which bolster the economic welfare of the elite.  The welfare of the people will be ignored.
The group Reasonable Solutions of OWS Philadelphia is focused on reform, not revolution.  Amongst our members are a diverse group of true 99 Percenters who want to use the framework of the established system to catalyze effective change on a local, national, and global scale.  We are the founders of a new school of activism which emphasizes the pride in maintaining active roles in society while conceptualizing creative manners in which awareness may be raised.
Reasonable Solutions of OWS Philadelphia seeks to reform the policy of corporate person-hood through the proliferation of events like this one designed to raise public awareness.  These events include spreading the truth regarding Citizens United by informing the public of this aberrant policy through peaceful and persistent occupation of the courts.
The most reasonable solution regarding corporate person-hood is to amend the constitution,  Since the constitution itself was interpreted in Citizens United, the ONLY way to overturn this is to Amend the Constitution   Here,
We the people of the United States will not be ignored.  We are not only the 99%, but we are part of the 100% and this is a call to action for We the People of these United States of America who believe that corporations are not people.  We must rise up and make our voices heard by the elite ruling class.  We must take the power back from the corrupt corporations which seek to undermine the principles and foundations which made our country great. The only way to overturn the Citizens United supreme court decision is to Amend our Constitution to sate that free speech does not include corporate donations to politics, and  that the first amendment rights apply only to natural persons.
When our forefathers stated in the Declaration of Independence that 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 they were not talking about Corporations as people.  We the people must Occupy the courts and  We the people shall be HEARD  Thank you all and God Bless the great people of these United States and this world.

This was presented today at the Occupy the Courts Rally, and it wouldn't have been possible without the help of a great writer who kindly offered his time, and with the input of a few other integral people.  Thank you all who made this possible! 


  1. Dan -

    Fantastic speech. You and I have a lot in common. I particularly like this statement:

    "The group Reasonable Solutions of OWS Philadelphia is focused on reform, not revolution."

    You and I have a lot in common. I am in the process of putting together a Time to Amend action. You can read more about here:

    Specifically, it is my contention that the big-money political organizations are not going to push a Constitutional Amendment as a 2012 Election year issue, the Candidates are not going to talk about this unless pushed, the main stream media will not push a Constitutional Amendment during 2012 - unless pressured.

    So WE the PEOPLE are going to have to team up together and push this together.

    The first action I linked you to is just a start. It's something anyone can do from anywhere. But - once we all come together and start working on this action together, we will naturally come up with other "Time to Amend Actions".

    We will naturally start finding ways to team up and put pressure on main stream media to ask candidates basic questions about their position on Citizens United and a constitutional amendment.

    We will naturally find ways to team up on public education.

    WE the PEOPLE will - by the very act of working as a team on this huge issue - create one unified voice that can no longer be ignored.

    Will you and Reasonable Solutions of OWS Philadelphia consider teaming up with the Time to Amend effort?

    In Peace - Rose

  2. Remember to emphasize WE! ;)

    -Jeremy Nation

  3. Jeremy: Thank you so much for your help with this, without you this would not have gotten done, and it is through you that I was able to make such a successful presentation. Thank you so much!