Remind me to steer clear of Philadelphia in the spring, when the occupiers are there holding their National Assembly. It sounds very French Revolution of them.
In history, the National Assembly was a transitional body formed from the three estates during the French Revolution to deal with the complaints of the commons. The three estates were the clergy, nobility, and the commons or the Third Estate.
On August 4, 1789, the National Assembly met to propose new reforms and to surrender class privileges. This marked the end of the feudal system. The Third Estate, the Commons, was falsely and successfully associated with the nation as a whole. The identification rallied the commons.
The French Revolution was a radical, socialist revolt, far more extreme than our revolution. The term, third estate, arose out of a brief pamphlet written, by a French clergyman, and called the Third Estate, which asked three simple questions: What is the Third Estate? Everything. What has it been until now in the political order? Nothing. What does it ask? To become something. Who could not agree with that?
The pamphlet was extremely influential in setting the tone and fomenting the French Revolution.
The violence and cruelty which followed the uprising that led to the French Revolution was unheard of, with brutal beheadings and, eventually, to the torture and killings of anyone who disagreed.
The OWS are referencing the French Revolution in their call for a National Assembly. They seem to hope this will unite the nation under their leftist banner of social justice.
There is no such thing as social justice, which is the problem for me. Social justice relies on providing for one group by being unjust to another. Sharing and generosity, once forced, becomes theft. I believe in some of the socialist programs and organizations we now have, but have no interest in becoming Socialist, Anarchist or Communist.
If people doubted the OWS movement is well-planned, they should doubt no more. This has been part of the plan from the beginning. They didn’t suddenly come up with this. If you listened to the audio of Howard Stern’s interviews, you must know that these are not the people planning, but there are planners from the leftist organizations helping to fund the movement.
Many of the attendees at the OWS rallies are high schoolers and young college students who are idealistic and interested in following a just cause. Unfortunately, this cause is orchestrated by powerful statists who want more control over us than any Wall Street banker or D.C. politician currently has.
The OWS posted their 99% declaration on line calling for the National Assembly to redress their grievances.
Philly Mayor Michael Nutter received word of the plan for protesters to gather in Philly.“I understand national Occupy would want to be in Philadelphia — this is birthplace of freedom, liberty, and democracy for the United States of America — so I look forward to a conversation,” Nutter tells KYW Newsradio. “We need to better understand what it is they want to do, where and what it’s all about. But I welcome the discussion.” Read here: Philadelphia CBS
It will be interesting to see how President Obama handles this. Will he welcome them and use it as an excuse to fundamentally transform America?