They Occupy For Us – by Eddie Rose

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Reprinted in its entirety with permission from Eddie’s Corner, the blog of Eddie Rose, at

Yes, some of the “Occupy” protesters may seem dirty (but no dirtier than BIG OIL and their lobbyists).  Yes, some of the “Occupy” protesters may look scary (but no scarier than the views of most of the Republican Presidential candidates).   Yes, some of the “Occupy” protesters may have hidden agendas (but no more hidden than the agendas of our elected “leaders”).

Nevertheless, the message of the “Occupy” protesters is right on point—namely, that the Wall Street insiders, the big banksters, the mega-corporations, are destroying America with their deceit, their greed, and their lust for power.

But this is still America.  We have the constitutional right to peacefully assemble, to air our grievances, and to seek an end to injustice, whenever and wherever it may exist.

So long as the “Occupy” protesters do not block traffic or necessary ingress and egress to public and private facilities, so long as they don’t interfere with the flow of legal commerce, so long as they do not create a risk to public health and safety—they have every right to protest.  It’s a dirty job, but someone’s  got to do it!

The Honorable Eddie Rose

Former Laguna Niguel City Councilman

“A Voice—Not an Echo”


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