we took over the world
the image on the left is of a woman who was exercising her right to free speech and peaceful assembly.

the woman was pepper sprayed and kicked by police while exercising her rights.

she was pregnant at the time of the assault by the police.

the image on the left is of a woman who, reports say, is the victim of a state-forced abortion.

this, and a variety of other horrific images that show what happens when americans exercise their rights, can be found at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer site.

perhaps you've found yourself at odds with the occupy movement for whatever reasons. 

however, if you consider yourself an american and regardless of your personal political beliefs, there are now far more reasons to support it.

largely before consumers even started feeling the admittedly slight, but nonetheless unnecessary and unjustified burden of debit card fees, all the big banks have decided they won't be charging them.

the reason why is crucially important when you consider that particular why in the greater context of american society.

the banks were going to take money out of our pocket, for vague reasons that are not the customers' problem, until we showed them we were not going to take it.

the occupy protests and tea party illustrate this mentality as well.

when the banks prove to us that we can only be taken advantage of when we the people allow it to happen, can we translate that into a better society overall and what do we need to do in order to make that happen?

all our problems started when we stopped being interested which will naturally lead to an excessive reaction when we finally decide to pay attention again.

but there is a better way.
american citizens are involved in a real-life, modern revolution right now and it is teaching us difficult lessons about freedom and the relationship the people have with government.

boston authorities recently showed us that old ladies are a major threat to our way of life and that the first amendment just doesn't matter.

but oakland thought they could swing their tax-payer funded hammer of government even harder, and now the american people are staring down the barrel of a police-state future.

if this is what it looks like when we the people exercise our rights, what is the future going to look like for america?
just a quick refresher on what the first amendment protects:

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

the emphasis point is what every single one of the Occupy (Wall St., Boston, Chicago, Seattle, etc.) movements are trying to achieve.

so what does it actually look like, when that right is no longer text and becomes action?  does the government make good on their side of the first amendment bargain?

unfortunately, no.  and it should make you mad.
in the past year, we've witnessed protests that have lead to revolutions that have led to ousters of governments far more entrenched, malicious and oppressive than the american government, by people far more powerless, vulnerable and oppressed than the american people.

yet, regardless of political discord in the united states, the political discourse has not even whispered about the potential for revolution here.

there are a couple of reasons american politicians might believe this country is immune to revolution, but those reasons are built on rickety logical foundations that are being eroded by the minute.