There’s a newly unified group of fed up Americans being heard and seen in Washington, D. C.
Democracy Spring is a protest at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D. C. that started earlier this month, and is now ongoing. The reason for this movement is mass awakening to our country’s voter fraud and the massive amount of money involved in the ability to even run for office. It’s a statement to Congress regarding the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court ruling and states’ voter ID laws.
This is a link to the movement’s website:
Here’s a link to the Democracy Spring Facebook page, if you’d like to follow the activity:
Occasionally activity is live streamed here:
Voter fraud is nothing new, mind you, the voting process has probably always been a farce, or worse actually. And, I’ve often wondered why we are all okay with watching and even helping to raise massive amounts of money so that “our” politician can run for office. What part of that makes sense in the big picture of humanity? Doesn’t it look more like a racket than a step in a governing process?
Now. Somebody help me out here. The first Amendment to the Constitution of the United States says that we have the right to peaceably assemble, as well as a few other important things about our freedoms.
Can somebody please tell me why peaceably assembled people, including seniors in wheelchairs, have been and are being arrested? These protestors are protesting, knowing they’re going to be arrested, because that’s just how it’s done. I understand that the United States Capitol building doesn’t actually belong to the people, it is a public building. Unlike your teens who invite their favorite group of friends to hang out in your living room at any given time (if that’s how it goes at your house), protestors cannot get away with simply inviting themselves into the Capitol building to shout in unity.
Let’s look at an article written for ProPublica.org magazine in 2011 regarding why peaceably protesting folks get arrested:
“The First Amendment is not absolute. Government can make reasonable stipulations about the time, place and manner a peaceable protest can take place, as long as those restrictions are applied in a content-neutral way.
But what constitutes a reasonable time, place and manner restriction? “It depends on the context and circumstances,” said Geoffrey Stone, a professor specializing in constitutional law at the University of Chicago. “Things like noise, blockage of ordinary uses of the place, blockage of traffic and destruction of property allow the government to regulate speakers.”
Stone gave a few examples of impeding ordinary usage: disturbing patients at a hospital, preventing students from going to school, or, more relevant for the Occupy movement, disrupting the flow of traffic for a long period of time.”
And so, I would submit that it must be the excessive noise that constitutes a legitimate reason to arrest peaceably protesting Americans from the Capitol building in Washington D.C.
The Occupy Movement built momentum and sprang up in many other cities in America, and also traveled around the world to other countries, who used the movement to raise their voices in unison regarding their own government issues. Will the Democracy Spring protests carry on past April 18th of 2016 and spread similar to the way the Occupy Movement did? Will more Americans get involved and force change to the insanity of millions and billions of dollars donated to running politicians by “motivated” donors who have agendas attached to said donations? Stay tuned…