Tuesday, September 20, 2011

We Need to Claim the Gasden Flag for Our Own!

Wait... What do you mean that's not the Gasden Flag???
We need to take back the flags, all of them.  For no other reason than to draw attention to the crisis facing our nation, and the world.  Unemployment, rampant financial corruption, inequality, these are all contributing to the riots in London, Spain and Greece and now to the occupation of Wall Street.
If 2,000 tea-party activists descended on Wall Street, you would probably have an equal number of reporters there covering them. Yet 2,000 people did occupy Wall Street last Saturday. They weren’t carrying the banner of the tea party, the Gadsden flag with its coiled snake and the threat “Don’t Tread on Me.” Yet their message was clear: “We are the 99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent.” They were there, mostly young, protesting the virtually unregulated speculation of Wall Street that caused the global financial meltdown.
Like the failure of the mainstream media to cover the occupation of the capital in Madison earlier this year, the occupation of Wall Street is notable for it's absence from the annals of the media.  Ironically, one of the few outlets to cover the occupation is Al Jazeera.  Shame on us.

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