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Occupy movement identified the problem. Now it must present a solution.

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  • Independent
    Ellicott city, MD
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    The Occupy movement and many other people who possess genuine concern for our country has identified what is wrong with our society. There are many calling for a revolutionary change. But revolution is just that; to revolve. History is a testament of continuous revolutions. A society is established, it becomes corrupted; people rise up to change it. This process repeats itself over and over....this is revolution and the history of the world with endless wars because Almost all revolutions was accomplished through violence. This is not really a good fix because it did not solve the root problem; it only changed peoples roles....What we truly need is an Evolution.....We should seek Evolution of our society....Our Constitution and bill of rights doesn't have to be a stagnant document. It should be a document that evolves. We should continue to improve it and add to it to solve the problems of our society. There is a sleeping beauty, a Snow white who are more fairer than our current queen of which most think is the fairest in the world. Although there are many fair princess that has been sleeping for many centuries, Our King FDR gave birth to a very fair princess almost 70 years ago. But unfortunately; the fair princess has been put to sleep by our jealous Queen once again......let us stop being a small men who are too busy working to dig for our personal gold ...let us become a prince and kiss the sleeping beauty and awaken it from slumber! We must awaken the sleeping princess and marry it and take her to our palace so that she can truly claim to be the fairest of them all.....FDR's unrealized 2nd bill of rights is that sleeping beauty/snow-white.....of the 99%. Lets kiss her and let our lips meet the lips of the beauty and speak as one.....and work towards Evolution of our society....it is a very sensible and beautiful idea that have been sleeping for almost 70 years...This is the answer that can make our society into a more fairer system. Let them who are rich continue to be rich and enjoy their possessions whether it be a 50 room mansion and a private jet and yacht. Let them whose purpose in life is to strive to be rich continue to strive towards their goal...But lets not force people into becoming a slave of money because that is the only way to afford the basic things in life. Lets eliminate poverty by recognizing the right of every human being to have the basic needs of life..Occupy has presented to the world of the problem of economic inequality suffered by the 99%. Now that we have presented a problem; it is time to present a solution and unite and work to implement the solution. I believe that the solution is Franklin D. Roosevelt's unrealized '2nd bill of rights' for those who has not heard of it, it goes like this: Excerpt from President Roosevelt's January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union:
    “ It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.
    This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.
    As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.
    We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.”[3] People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
    In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.
    Among these are:
    The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
    The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
    The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
    The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
    The right of every family to a decent home;
    The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
    The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
    The right to a good education.
    All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.
    America's own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens.
    For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world. ”
  • Independent
    Plymouth, WI
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    The only way for the majority to stop the system is to unite, but the system has been doing a great job at keeping us more divided than ever, for sure it is time to change that.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    I guess in the olden days "lobbyists and corruption" was not as wide spread as today; If FDR would have lived today he probably would have had an heart attack of what he would have noticed and died anyway. The system is totally corrupted; on the surface it looks like cookies and cream, under the surface it is pure sewage. Such a system feeds on it self, so even an uprising will not know where to tackle it in the first place etc.
    But as with any culture it eventually corrects itself either via wars or indeed a financial collapse; I think the latter will be more likely the case,the signs are already there.