“If you read the newspapers today, I for one am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs on Wall Street and the other cities across the country,Rep. Cantor, those are Americans, protesting. Protestors are NOT mobs. The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America guarantees "the right of the people peaceably to assemble". As an elected official of the American Congress, you should be familiar with American history and its rich tradition of social change through protests and the Constitution which guarantees those rights and privileges. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va) you have outrageously insulted millions of Americans engaged in their constitutionally guaranteed enterprise and you owe all of us an apology.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.Now this is what a genuine American politician would say about the Occupy Wall Street Protests:
We share the anger and frustration of so many Americans who have seen the enormous toll that an unchecked Wall Street has taken on the overwhelming majority of Americans while benefitting the super wealthy. We join the calls for corporate accountability and expanded middle-class opportunity.”Rep Raul Grijalva (D-Az) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Mn) join Bernie Sanders, (I) Vermont, in support of OWS-NYC and the movement in general.
“We have been inspired by the growing grassroots movements on Wall Street and across the country,” say Rep. Raul Grijalva, (D-Az) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Mn), co-signing the statement.