Letter to the local paper about #OWS

My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be.

You have asked me how I feel about Occupy Wall Street. All right, here is how I feel about Occupy Wall Street:

If when you say Occupy Wall Street you mean the shameless gathering of whining hippies, the stinky unlawful assembly of the unwashed, the crowd that urinates and defecates in public parks, those communists, those ignorant lazy welfare-seeking parasites duped by George Soros, which will remove all our hard earned freedoms, yea, those who trample on the blood of American soldiers who died for this nation; if you mean those who hold up silly signs that attack the very foundation of our free economy which has made us the most prosperous nation on the face of the earth then certainly I am against it.

But, if when you say Occupy Wall Street you mean the refreshingly passionate movement of American citizens freely assembled voicing their political opinions who only wish to be represented by their Congress. If by Occupy Wall Street, you mean those that abhor the bought corporate media which are now wholly-owned subsidiaries of the modern economic royal class. if you mean William Wallace standing in defiance to an unjust King or David armed with nothing but the slingshot of truth to face political giants sent by their corporate rulers cutting secret deals in back offices to defraud their fellow citizens. If you mean by Occupy Wall Street, American veterans who have fought so that ordinary citizens might exercise their Constitutional rights to freely assemble and freely speak without fear of police brutality, those veterans who came home to stand again in the defense of Americans as they freely assembled. If by Occupy Wall Street you mean those who are willing to stand against a corrupt and powerful kingly class which seeks to enslave and demean those they use Americans as machines and rented mules, if you mean those who are so committed to not only liberty but also to justice for all Americans that they are willing to be arrested for exerting their constitutional rights. If by Occupation Wall Street you mean Teachers, Students, Firefighters, and Union workers who think they have civil rights equal to the rich and powerful. If you mean those like Moses, Jesus, or Ghandi, other strongly rejected prophets and dream-builders who at great cost urged humanity to rise to higher levels of freedom, equality and brotherly love then I am most certainly for it.

This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.


Jim Claunch


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