The War on…Everything?: Who are you fighting for anyway?!

Maybe the title is broad.  If you read the news, it seems the GOP is waging a war on everything.  Why do they have the power to do this?  There are some American citizens who do not believe in helping their neighbor.  Despite our differences (whether those differences are based on gender, race, religion, etc.), we should have the moral fortitude to overcome the GOP’s tyrannical dictatorship.

Aside from the War on Women, there are other, less publicized wars being waged by the GOP and the whole American Government.  That’s right.  I said the WHOLE American Government has passed a bill belonging in the War category.  At least, I’m putting it there.

Believe it or not, a Bill has passed (HR 347) — both Congress, Senate, and signed by the President — that potentially makes peaceable protest anywhere in the U.S. a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.  In my opinion and the opinions of Lee Camp and Jeanine Molloff from the Huffington Post (and a good friend of mine who clued me in on this particular piece of crap law), this Bill is in direct violation of an American’s Constitutional right to the Freedom of Speech.

Congress shall make no law..prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech..or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

In summation, we have the right to gather in a big group, “peaceably” tell the Government they’re doing a seriously bad job, we’re not happy about it, and fix it or we’ll do our best to run you out of office.  Remember, this is a country where the people have the power.  Average American citizens are the bosses of Government.  We tell them what to do for us and they do it.

Last year in Wisconsin, people protested the anti-union bill Governor Scott Walker was so determined to pass — and succeeded.  Governor Walker decided to ignore the people of Wisconsin.  Now he and his Republican cohorts are in the middle of a recall.  A “recall,” if it succeeds, is essentially the American people firing the defunct politician.  In this case, Wisconsin is in the process of firing former (hopefully) Governor Walker.  Welcome to the true power of protesting.

Why in the world would this anti-protest Bill unanimously pass, thereby was unanimously agreed upon, by both parties?  Supposedly, this Bill was created to offer[] consistent protection for those requiring Secret Service details such as the President, Vice-President.  I guess that’s fine except for the

bill itself criminalizes ‘disruptive conduct’ in such vague terms that a 7th grader disrupting visiting dignitaries receiving Secret Service protection, over any issue — (no matter how trivial), such as school uniforms — would be potentially guilty of a federal felony.

This is why some are calling it the anti-Occupy law and it allows the government to bring charges against Americans involved.

Basically, this Bill was signed into existence to protect government, visiting dignitaries, or anyone else who needs Secret Service protection.  If Occupy Wall Street (OWS) stays away from these people, they’re fine.

Not really.  That didn’t stop the NYPD from arresting protestors during the 6-Month Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. Protesting is not without consequences.  The owner of Zuccotti Park had OWS protestors driven out of the park.  If they didn’t comply with the edict, they were arrested for trespassing.

An Occupy Wall Street protester says police gave demonstrators little warning before kicking them out of a New York City park overnight and that officers beat several of them during the arrests.

To be fair, there are conflicting reports stating that the protesters were bedding down for the night — a violation of Zuccotti Park rules — and the police were asked to clear out the park because of this violation.  While the police were arresting those who attempted to stay, someone threw a glass bottle at the bus carting away the arrested protestors.

If someone displays signs of agression (i.e., throwing a glass bottle), taking precautions are warranted.  Beating people to the point where they have to go to the hospital is definitely out of order.  One female under arrest had difficulty breathing and was taken away in an ambulance to be treated.  The article gave no other details.

Here is the link to Huffington Posts’ news video regarding the Occupy Wall Street Arrests.  This gives a few personal accounts of protestors.  Sorry I couldn’t embed the video.

As the Government War on Protesting slid by in the media and while the Occupy Wall Street Arrests was just another display of police brutality intimidation, the GOP decided to wage other wars.  The one currently fighting for notoriety with the War on Women is the War on Voting.

While Republican controlled states explain that showing a photo ID will deter voting abuse, that’s not all it does.  These restrictions disproportionately affects the poor, the elderly, and minorities.  If anyone falls under the three aforementioned categories, then it’s likely they don’t own a photo ID and will be denied their right to vote.  No American citizen — natural born or otherwise — should have their voting rights restricted.  It is the right and duty of every American to vote and blocking that right is, in my opinion, completely and irrevocably unAmerican!

The other GOP war is the War on Minimum Wage.  Why not?  Setting a Minimum Wage for workers is highly unfair to the free marketplace and small businesses.  Let’s forget the hardships people are suffering because Minimum Wage isn’t enough.  Some people work two or three jobs and still barely make enough to keep a roof over their heads.  It’s bad enough that they don’t have health insurance.  Yet, they still work hard to live.

Unfortunately, Republicans believe Minimum Wage is unconstitutional.  Some more Republican insanity in this already mixed-up country?!  You bet!!!  This is just the beginning since

It’s no longer unusual for statewide GOP candidates to oppose the minimum wage, child-labor laws, the existing structure of Medicare and guaranteed benefits, restrictions on torture, collective bargaining, and unemployment benefits.

Basically, GOP candidates want to turn the American working poor and the dwindling middle class into cheap labor like Mexico, Thailand, etc. that works ungodly hours for the rest of their natural life until they die on the assembly line.  I could just see a senior citizen at McDonald’s taking a food order and falling over dead after asking, “Do you want fries with that?”  Guess the geezer couldn’t handle a 48 hour shift.

Not gruesome enough for you?  Before the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938,  there were significant health risks for children who labored in factories.

Working conditions that are safe and healthy for adults may not be safe and healthy for children because of their physical differences. Risks may be greater for children at various stages of development and may have long-term effects. Factors that may increase the health, safety, and developmental risk factors for children include:

  • Rapid skeletal growth
  • Development of organs and tissues
  • Greater risk of hearing loss
  • Developing ability to assess risks
  • Greater need for food and rest
  • Higher chemical absorption rates
  • Smaller size
  • Lower heat tolerance

You take away the Fair Labor Standards Act and all the laws regarding fair working conditions for adults and you have America descending into Third World Country status fast.  Kiss the middle class good-bye.

If the Republicans ruled the Government and you can’t keep a roof over your head because you’re making $1 an hour, tough luck!  Republicans want you to roll over and die while they and the rich eat caviar and drink champaign while laughing at all the little aunts struggling to survive.  Do you think they’ll shed a tear while living off your blood, sweat, tears, and corps?  Despite the recent attack on protesting rights by a rarely unified Government, is the Republican world the world you want to live in?

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