Just when we thought the Occupy movement in Orange County was dead, or at least on its way out, it is back. Apparently there is going to me a national protest at over 200 courthouses on Jan. 20 (the press release is below), including Santa Ana, the Orange County seat, which has federal and state courts, as well as a federal appeal court.
Occupy’s main beef this time is a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down those provisions of the McCain–Feingold Act that prohibited all corporations, both for-profit and not-for-profit, and unions from broadcasting “electioneering communications.
I am at loss as to why this matters to the Occupiers. Many of them aren’t registered to vote or simply don’t bother to vote. How can you complain about our political process if you choose not to be part of it?
It is true that California’s new open primary is a real problem for third parties, as it essentially shuts them out of general elections, but we can still vote for third party candidates in the primaries. And our votes will still matter in the general elections, even if we have less candidates to vote for.
And in today’s Internet age ANYONE can weigh in on political matters. I have personally proved that time and again – creating Orange County’s first political blog, the Orange Juice, which became a huge hit, and creating Santa Ana’s first civic blog, the New Santa Ana, which also went on to become a huge hit. Now I have started this new blog, OC Politics. Here we go again! You don’t have to be wealthy to have an impact on politics.
And it should be noted that the Supreme Court decision allowed not only corporations but also unions to spend what they want on independent expenditures. The unions have already occupied the Occupy movement – don’t the realize the court decision unleashed both the left and the right?
Here is the Occupy the Courts press release:
Santa Ana to Participate in OCCUPY THE COURTS — January 20, 2012
Over 100 Protests Planned at Courthouses Nationwide Against Supreme Court Ruling that Corporations Are People
Over 100 courthouses, including Santa Ana and the Supreme Court, will become the focus of Occupy protesters against corporate rule on Friday, January 20. This is one day before the second anniversary of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run the government.
Neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution mentions corporations, which were rare entities at our nation’s founding. But thanks to decades of rulings by Justices who molded the law to favor elite interests, corporations today are granted privileges that empower them to deny citizens the right to full self-governance. Armed with these rights, corporations wield ever-increasing control over jobs, natural assets, elected officials, judges and the law.
We believe corporations are not persons and possess only the privileges citizens and their elected representatives willfully grant them. Organizers of OCCUPY THE COURTS propose a Constitutional Amendment that will overturn the Court-created legal doctrines of corporate personhood and “Money Equals Speech.”
WHEN: Friday, January 20, 11am–6pm
WHERE: Federal Courthouse 411 West Fourth Street, Santa Ana, CA
WHAT: Advocacy fair, Street theater, Speakers, Music, Games, Artists and More!
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