Well if you've been following the partisan rhetoric emanating from the Belt Way, you might not think that the government of "We The People" is going to fare too well going into a contentious election year. However, if you're one of the 99 Percenter contingency, things might be looking a little "rosier" for you . . . and they do mean that literally.
Occupy activists Donald Kronos and Dick Chogyoji have been hard at it, putting the final touches on a float they are planning to queue up for Pasadena's 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, 2012. Made to resemble the Constitution, picketers will also carry banners with slogans from the movement such as "Corporate Money Out of Politics."
More than 1,000 Occupiers are expected to join the demonstration, reports the Los Angeles Times, and organizers of the leaderless Occupy Movement promise to keep their activities peaceful. In addition to the "Constitution Float," the protesters have been also constructing a 70' giant octopus - which symbolizes the greedy tentacles of Wall Street - and both of these floats are scheduled to march at the very end of the parade.
And although, the Occupy Octopus is just beginning to to viral, it actually appeared in Los Angeles over a month ago, when the West Coast 99 Percenters decided to "Octupy" LA's City Hall.
Since the rationale behind the construction of "Constitution Float" is removing money from the political equation, it is believed if we can solve that problem, a lot of the other ills of our flawed society will follow suit. And since the Supreme Court has overturned proposed legislation made by Congress to restrict campaign contributions, the only remaining resort is the U.S. Constitution.
Officially the highest authority in the land, perhaps a float dedicated to the Constitution would be a solid reminder where our priorities should lie in 2012.
But a Constitutional amendment is not a walk in the park. Proposing one requires a 2/3 majority of both houses of Congress, or a Constitutional Convention called by 2/3 of the state legislatures. Either way, it then must be ratified by 3/4 of the state governments to become law.
Your thoughts readers. . . are the 99 Percenters on to something? Should we all consider Occupying the Constitution in 2012 - if for no other reason, than to keep it afloat?