Today’s #OWS Drum Circle Serenade of Bloomberg Is Just the Beginning

Nov 20 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

At 2 PM today, Mayor Bloomberg will be regaled with the unmistakeable sound of freedom drums outside of his mansion, courtesy of the “relocated” Occupy Wall Street drum circle. The drum circle is being hailed the “Occupy Bloomberg’s Mansion Drum Circle Protest And Love-In Art Show.”

Oh sweet justice, how I love thee.

The drum circle serenade for the Mayor will occupy the park at 17 E 79th Street, near Bloomberg’s home. Their Facebook Page for the event says to bring drums, other musical instruments and sleeping bags. A release reads: “Tie-dye, didgeridoo, hackeysack welcome! No shirt, no shoes, no problem! And if you don’t have talent, don’t worry: FREE DRUM LESSONS offered! Also on offer: collaborative drumming with the police!”

Yes, a 24 hour drum circle is being planned outside the mayor’s Upper East Side home. Here’s what the mayor has to look forward to, and he doesn’t even have to pay for it! Talk about trickle down:

After they were kicked out of Zuccotti Park, these peaceful drummers et al had no where to go. The park, after all, is reserved for “passive recreation” (please enlighten us).

The drum circles have been named “Woodstock on Wall Street” by some youtubers, hence reminding us all just how close we are to being marginalized for peaceful artistic expression. Meh, why don’t we just embrace the inaccurate hippie meme? It’s a lot better than being an evolution of the Birchers (I’m talking to you, Koch Brothers-funded Tea Party). Wear it with pride people. The “evil hippies” were a part of some tremendous positive change and if this is the worst they can come up with, it only proves how out of touch with the modern culture they are, while saying absolutely nothing about the Occupiers. The ’60s are apparently alive and well on Fox News, but the rest of America has moved on.

Oh, that’s right — we don’t need no change. Everything is super as it is. With the escalating militarization of the police in response to Occupiers in certain cities, it’s being made perfectly clear to us exactly WHY we should be joining the Occupiers. Much as we learn about someone’s character when we finally quit that job or end a relationship, so too we discover the character of the authorities when we exercise our first amendment rights. With each violent response to the exercise of first amendment rights, it’s becoming even more clear why we were angry.

You never know just how bad things are until you say enough.

Yet with all of the focus on the police violence bringing international attention to the suppression of our first amendment rights here in these United States, we must not allow the media to be distracted from the message.

The problem is evident in the manifestation of police violence toward peaceful protesters, such as sitting students, pregnant teenagers, and 84 year old women. The core issue is that we, the 99%, have been silenced for too long. We have been told to take the lumps they dish out and like it. We have been blamed for the failure of “trickle down” economics, blamed for the failure of our representatives to work on jobs for Americans, blamed for the very loosening of regulations that they lobbied successfully for, and blamed for not allowing the consumer culture to anesthetized us from reality.

In response to the outrageous income disparities and now militarization of the police, a mere drum circle serenading a despotic mayor will be painted by Wall Street’s puppet pundits as filthy hippie scum. Who here are the anti-American scum — The drummers or the people (aka: corporations) stealing basic, fundamental rights from American citizens for the purpose of feeding their own greed?

They don’t like the “noise”? Good! We don’t like the anti-American system that is killing the American dream. Are they annoyed by the “noise”? Good! We’re more than annoyed by their failures to uphold the very values they pretend to espouse. We’re fed up with having the theft of our freedom and equality wrapped in the flag and called American “capitalism” when it’s so clearly not American capitalism.

The only anti-American sentiment in this scenario is the institutionalized theft of freedom in this country and the puppets of Wall Street projecting Wall Street’s bastardization of free markets onto the victims of their con.

I hope the Mayor is home today. I hope he’s annoyed and I hope Fox News goes ballistic hysterically complaining about “hippies” drumming, because if we take a hippie drumming and compare that to Tea Partiers carrying an assault rifle to an Obama protest or armed militia members protesting the President’s “totalitarian socialism” in a national park, it’s clear and obvious to all but the most dense among us just what the problem is. “Freedom” is only allowed for those who “protest” the President, “socialism” and healthcare (the noxious odor of the Libertarian Kochian pro-corporate agenda reeks), hence it is not “freedom” at all. It hasn’t been “freedom” for a very long time.

Explaining why this man and others weren’t arrested, CNN reported at the time:

A man toting an assault rifle was among a dozen protesters carrying weapons while demonstrating outside President Obama’s speech to veterans on Monday, but no laws were broken. It was the second instance in recent days in which weapons have been seen near presidential events.

“It was a group interested in exercising the right to bear arms,” police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill said.

Arizona law has nothing in the books regulating assault rifles, and only requires permits for carrying concealed weapons. So despite the man’s proximity to the president, there were no charges or arrests to be made. Hill said officers explained the law to some people who were upset about the presence of weapons at the protest.

The somewhat controversial second amendment rights seem to be widely recognized by police and authorities, while the unambiguous first amendment is trampled on with public disdain. Both were passed with an eye to restricting government’s power over the people and reinforcing the people’s rights. Both were meant to be a check and balance on a tyrannical government. Both were written for the protection of the American citizen. It doesn’t matter if that citizen is protesting the President or protesting Wall Street. Both are supposed to be protected.

It’s time for the shoe to be on the other foot. Let the Wall Street puppets be annoyed by the “hippies.” Let Fox cry “wolf” yet again. Their attempts to nullify and kill the Occupy movement aren’t working.

The drum circle serenade is an ingenious way of protesting the Mayor’s power grabs, and I suspect it’s just the beginning of peacefully and non-violently targeting individuals who abuse their power in order to deny Americans their most basic freedom.

Y’all don’t like it? You ain’t seen nothing yet.

Image: Gothamist, Scott Lynch

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