Occupy Wall Street is proving to be analogous to the beginnings of the American Revolution, more so than the petty Tea Party movement. There will be no silencing of our voices, and any attempt to demonize the 99% is truly un-American. This article represents the first of a multi-part series of articles demonstrating this point.
The Stamp Act of 1765 was a direct tax imposed by the British Parliament onto the colonies of British America, which required printed materials to be produced on paper embossed with the revenue stamp. This stamp was only produced in London. The British colonies had no representation in the British Parliament. Thus, the colonists had no influence over what taxes would be levied, how they were levied, or how the taxes were spent. The colonists gathered en mass to protest this act, demanding that their voices be heard, however the British Parliament refused to listen to the colonists.
Let’s consider how the colonists are analogous to Occupy Wall Street’s 99%. As we explore the careers of the members of congress, only one occupation is represented in our law makers. When writing economic policy for example, there is not one single economist being represented. When cutting funding to schools, fire protection, and the police force, not a single teacher, fireman, or policeman are being represented. When writing regulations against pollution, there is not one physician being represented. The occupations of Congress members consist only of attorneys. If our government is of the people, by the people, for the people, where are the representatives of every other occupation? Or if you will, where is the representation of “We the people”? The 99% are being taxed without representation, without a voice as to what taxes are levied, how they are levied, or even how the taxes are being spent. The 99% are analogous to the colonists, who protested taxation without representation.
Now let’s consider the 1% who cannot comprehend the demands of the 99%. The 1% is analogous to the British Parliament who could not understand why the colonists no longer wanted to live under British rule. The colonists were British, therefore why wouldn’t they accept laws imposed on them by the British Parliament? History has taught us it was because we were not represented under British rule. Flash forward to Occupy Wall Street, the bankers cannot comprehend that the 99% no longer want to live under rules written by and for millionaires and billionaires. That is the notion which eludes them.
Where the Tea Party’s protests against TARP were directed only towards President Obama, Occupy Wall Street protests are directed to those elite few who have corrupted our government to suit their whims. Occupy Wall Street is a revolution in the making, as opposed to the Tea Party who only wanted to alienate liberals and Democrats. The Occupation transcends petty political parties. We demand to be represented in our government. And what is more American than that sentiment? We the people, demand a government of the people, by the people, for the people!