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Monday, October 31, 2011

Illinois legislators served with an eviction notice...


[VIDEO] Another function of the Occupy Wall Street movement. OWS came to Springfield to evict Illinois lawmakers from the Illinois State Capitol. State political blogger Rich Miller refers to action as "not exactly democratic". Miller adds:
A handful of protesters has no right to overturn elections nor deny people from exercising their 1st Amendment right to petition the government, no matter how much one might disagree with their employers. I fully support the occupy folks’ rights to protest. I flat out oppose any attempt to take away constitutional rights from others. When we overturn elections we don’t like or allow the government to decide who can and who cannot lobby, we’re gonna be in really big trouble.
Now this action is also refered to by him as symbolic. At the same time he refers to a press release that noted that this "symbolic eviction notice" effectively ends the tenure of "Lobbyists and their servants in elected office".

That aspect would be over top,  I know. I just don't see how undemocratic it is. It's a symbolic action and they could do a lot more to insure that the will of the people in an election is overturned. All they are doing is marching and serving a piece of paper that means very little. That's not to say it couldn't get worse because we've heard a lot of stories about that since this movement emerged.

BTW, if you watch the video above a person wearing an AFSCME shirt was walking up the state capitol steps to serve the eviction notice. It almost makes me wonder who is really behind this movement!

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