Based on Actions of the Sun Beam Times, the organizers of the Occupy St. Pete movements were forced to follow the law like the rest of us. Yesterday they were granted a permit to have a public assembly on South Straub Park. This is a victory for the Rule of Law and Equal Justice. It sends a message to these organizers that they can not flout the law as is being done all over the country by other Occupiers who run police barricades, overstay their permits, destroy or soli public property or block streets and bridges. In other words, there will be no tolerance for a breakdown of civil society. This is the “Broken Windows Theory” applied to grassroots politics (tolerate no infraction of the law, no matter how small, to prevent crime from growing).
Now the bigger question is Just who are these people and what do they want? Why has one organizer who used to be known as “Dorian Turner” on Facebook now changed her name on Facebook to Dorian Liberty? Activists like myself have been open and honest about our identities and our goals for years. Online conversations at Facebook and other social media indicate that there is a distrust of corporations in an unholy alliance with the Federal government and the Federal Reserve. Well, who DOESN’t Distrust those unholy alliances? The question is what would be done to change it? This reporter would advocate downsizing government, abolishing the Federal Reserve and allowing corporations to prosper or suffer in the same market economy as everybody else. No bailouts, no special regulations to box out competitors, no tax breaks that only they receive.
Sadly, it appears that the goal of the Occupy St. Pete Protestors is bigger government, more regulations and wealth redistribution. We shall watch closely and see.
One tidbit from Dorian Turner/Dorian Liberty/Occupy St. Pete on Facebook is misguied advocacy for Direct Democracy. In other words masses of people voting for each and every policy decision of our government. There is a reason our country was created as a Republic and representative democracy. Such Direct Democracy has a well established history of violating the rights of minorities as mob rule prevails. After the founding our our Country, Alex de Tocqueville toured American and wrote “Democracy in America”. He astutely warned that democracy can be abused and result in a “Tyranny of the Majority” a fact that has been recognized even by the very liberal and Progressive New York Times in 2006. We should also remember the words of the Living Legend Thomas Sowell that are emblazoned on the granite memorials at Founders Corner in St. Peterburg:
The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.
What the American Revolution did was to give to the common man a voice, a veto, elbow room and a refuge from the rampaging presumptions of his “betters.
…democracy by itself implies nothing about either freedom or the rule of law. A majority may destroy the freedom of a minority or make the issuance of edicts as arbitrary and discriminatory as it wishes.