And Thus the Hawthorne Rebellion Was Born
There were two articles in the Oregonian today that might encapsulate these times and what needs to happen right now if we're to save America. The first was about the CEO of some healthcare corporation who's leaving with a 6 million dollar bonus, 5 mill a year for life, and - oh yeah - over 1 billion in fancy stock options, that were backdated to maximize the greed factor. The other story describes how the small businesses of Hawthorne rose up against Sam Adams and his attempt to nickel and dime them for a little more revenue for the city. Sam wanted to install parking meters on Hawthorne. I was in Showcase Music the other day and I told the owner I had seen him talking about the issue on TV. What I heard from him and others working at the store was the same level of deep frustration and anger I hear from different people about the Bush administration.
Incidentally, the Detainee Torture bill that was passed back on September 28th - in what is being called the Day America Ended - was signed into "law" today. It is now called the Military Commissions Act to disguise the fact that the provisions can be used against ordinary American citizens. At this point, the President can arrest you and hold you indefinitely without habeas corpus, and - oh yeah - torture you for the rest of your life. It is legal now, so it's time to close the scrapbook on the American experiment. Unless....
When I see the government, even on a local level, try and jam a plan like parking meters on Hawthorne down our throats, the response gives me hope. This was an open rebellion and the People of Hawthorne spoke. Wouldn't it be cool if that same spirit rose up nationally and told President Bush where he can take these violations of our constitutional rights? We're tired of him working for these rich bastards like the wretched CEO with a billion plus in stock options, while this government grinds down everybody else.
Maybe we should get out front of this and market it. It's like that old Arlo Guthrie song: What we've got here is a movement in the making. Someday people could come from around the world to visit Portland and see where it all started. Visit the place where the Hawthorne Rebellion began - and went on to sweep the country and save the free world. These tourists could spend their dollars here, but one thing's for sure: If they rent a car and drive over to check out Hawthorne, they won't be putting any money in a parking meter. The People have spoken and that's not going to happen. And thus the Hawthorne Rebellion was born.