So when the local OWS movement sprang up in my city, I was one of the first people (literally number 6) to start to help out and played a pivotal role in making our OWS movement one of the largest gatherings in the nation (5th) during the time that we had our first protest (over 2700+ people). I wanted to give a speech (as I am quite an orator) about my thoughts on the OWS movement and the global revolution. However, at the day, I wasn't given enough time to give my speech because a local leader's efforts in creating a movement out of nothing in 9 days is equal to that of a crazy bitch (who has destroyed movements in the past) who believes in the Illuminati (A Bohemian Grove activist) and other activists who were obviously trying to bring attention to their own stupid movements. So here is my speech for you people. Hello ladies and gentlemen, and officers of the law, I am hoping everyone is having a good time regardless of one’s occupation. Ten months ago, a Tunisian street vender named Mohamed Bouazizi wanted to make more of himself. He was a charitable man, giving what he could to the very poor. He was a human being with hopes, fears, and disappointments. Mohamed was one of us. On December 17th 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi forever changed the world. When he had his fruit confiscated for not having a license to sell, he offered an inadequate sum as a bribe, to the police. The female officer spat in his face and degraded him verbally. She then ordered two other officers to beat him in front of his fellow merchants. Afterwards he went to the governor’s office and demanded to be seen. When they refused to see him, Mohamed told them if they wouldn’t see him he would set himself on fire. He acquired a can of gasoline and stood in the middle of noonday traffic saying “how do you expect me to make a living?” Mohamed then poured the gasoline all over himself and set himself ablaze. 28 days later President Ben Ali, who had been in power for 23 years, fled to Saudi Arabia as revolutionary forces spread like wild fire in direct result from this humble street vendor’s martyrdom. Since the Tunisian Revolution, a tsunami of people power has spread across the globe. Algeria, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Yemen, Sudan, Syria, Morocco, Libya, Cote d'Ivoire, India, Chile, Bolivia, Albania, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and now America, are now experiencing a revolution of the people. While the diversity of these people participating in their country’s revolutions greatly varies, their demands are more unified than you think: Equality, Democracy, Human Rights, an End to Corruption, and an End to Crony Capitalism. These are universal demands that people all over the world are making. Change is coming, and despite it being self-evident, there are people who refuse to acknowledge what is on the horizon. Change happened long ago, twenty years ago after the fall of the Soviet Union. However at that time, change was opaque, while change now is clear as day. Despite this fundamental change in the game, the leaders of our government continue to play by Cold War rules in a post Cold War world. Our government is treating the BRIC Countries: Brazil, Russia, India, and China as threats instead opportunities. This is dangerous not only for our nation, but for the entire world. Our government and many citizens continue to believe that the only way America can continue its dominance in the world is through a strong military. However, that is playing by Cold War rules in an emerging multipolar world with participants who play by different tactics than a simple arms race. I am sure most of us here are aware of our dependence on foreign oil, but that is insignificant compared to our dependence on Chinese rare earth metals. In the 1980s, the Chinese began to monopolize the world’s market in rare earth metals and destroyed all competitors by significantly slashing prices. In 2009, the Chinese controlled 95% of the world’s market in these metals. These metals are used in things like cars, computers, iProducts, cell phones, jet engines, and other high technology that we all have come to depend on. Unlike oil, we cannot replace rare earth metals by other means. This is just one example of how tactics are changing. The Chinese began controlling this industry 30 years ago, when we were still engaged in the Cold War. It would be foolish to think that this is the only stratagem they have. Not only that, but there are three other powers, who I am sure have their own strategic agendas. The other three are competing not only against China, but also against America for the spot of King of the Hill. While none of the BRIC nations wish, or plan, physical harm against America, it would be foolish of them not to gain advantages over their economic competitors. To deal with such competition, we need to realize that the current leadership in Washington DC is no longer competent enough to compete in a world that is becoming smarter every day. Not only is the world getting smarter, the world is getting smaller every day. There is no point in trying to reverse the tide of globalization. We as a species, are becoming more global and interconnected, and this is not a bad thing. It is a good thing. By becoming more interdependent on other parts of the globe, we as a species, are beginning to think about the big picture. We begin to realize that problems on the other side of the globe are not simply other people’s problems, they are also our problems. And when we think from this mentality, there are countless challenges that face humanity that need to be addressed before it is too late. I am sure we all have our own ideas about how we can solve some of these problems and we all have visions and dreams we wish to see accomplished. But that is not why we are here. We are here because there is a fundamental flaw in the current status quo of our political and economic system that until we address it, will inhibit us from moving on to more important matters. As soldiers of democracy, we need to realize there are priorities that must be addressed before personal issues like: healthcare, education, nuclear proliferation, gay rights, legalizing marijuana and the environment can be dealt with. All of these are attainable to the leaders of tomorrow. But the question is where do we start now? What should our goals be? I thought a lot about this and I struggled to come up a collection of good ideas. A former Political Science teacher told me to check out FDR’s Second Bill of Rights. In his Second Bill of Rights he states “We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. In our day, these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.” FDR layed out his policy in his Bill · The right to a useful and remunerative job, in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation; · The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation; · The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living; · The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad; · The right of every family to a decent home; · The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health; · The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment; · The right to a good education. These are realistic and obtainable goals that we can achieve for our nation. I refuse to believe that the richest nation on earth cannot accomplish these simple goals. If we can land on the Moon, and see galaxies on the furthest visible corners of the universe, why can we not guarantee equality, prosperity, and happiness for all our citizens, not just for the privileged few? We are the 99%! We have the ability to come up with solutions to achieve these goals and even more. I refuse to accept no for an answer, I refuse to accept that this is impossible. Because it’s not impossible. And I know with all my heart that all of you here believe the same!