Arrested for singing in Wisconsin: Why we need to remove money from politics

As you can see, the first amendment rights of freedom of assembly and free speech are no longer respected by Governor Scott Walker or the State of Wisconsin. This is the deplorable state we have fallen to. We are being stripped daily of our constitutional rights and it must stop.

Now the political dissidents are being arrested, one by one, as the details of the government security apparatus are being revealed. We must break Walker’s grip on Wisconsin. Walker is a bought and sold stooge of the corporate elites, funded by the Koch brothers and bad for Wisconsin, bad for the nation.

The first amendment guarantees:

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.

Read that carefully: no law shall be made that restricts the right of people to peaceably assemble. This is a peaceable assembly. It cannot be restricted – that’s what the constitution says. All of these arrests are illegal and unconstitutional.

Bad Scott Walker. Bad!

This is scary, folks; very scary. We’re deep in the hole of stripped rights. Occupy was destroyed in a similar way – a coordinated nationwide crackdown on peaceable assembly. We cannot allow the government to take our rights in this way. We must rise up as a people and demand that it not be so.

When the government ceases to work for the people it is the duty of the people to replace the government. I say this government does not work for the people, not one part of it: not the governors, not the congress, not the president, not the supreme court. And it is our duty, as Americans, to replace them all.

We must hold a constitutional convention and there write a new constitution: one that places the people above the corporations and the political elites. It is our right as citizens to do this, and we will do it. We will start by passing a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and to go even further – to remove all money from politics.

Only when money is removed from politics will we again have democracy in this nation. Only with publicly funded elections can the public be served by the government. Remove money from politics, and America will once again be a government for the people, by the people.

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