Why I became involved in US UnCut’s Action in Chicago March 26th


Yesterday, for the first time in my life I decided to participate in an Civil Action. I did not make this decision lightly! As I dug into the history books in my personal library, watched the news, read the newspapers, and listened to NPR I slowly came to realize that our Nation was under attack; when I joined the Army I swore to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Years ago when I took this oath I never once imagined that the domestic enemies would be elected officials and corporations!
In my studies I saw that the actions of such people and businesses is widening the gap between the rich and poor and shrinking the middle class and weakening this great Nation.

I feel as did William Henry Harrison when in 1840 he said. “I believe and say… that all measures of the government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer” it also seems to me that instead of a democratic government the aforementioned people want our current government to become an Oligarchy. In his book The Republic, Plato defined Oligarchy as “A government resting on a valuation of property, which the rich have power and the poor man is deprived of it.” It seems that the Rich have been greedy throughout history and even though we are 10 years into a new millennium, our society is no better than it was in the far past.

Furthermore, all over the world people are rising up, saying “enough is enough” and yet it is falling on deaf ears -unless they have oil-. The people of the United States, too, have been patient long enough, hoping in vain, that those we elected would wake up and put a stop to the long running abuses and despotic behavior. Our patience has run out and time for words has ceased, it is time for action, we must act now to work for the benefit of all Americans, not just the privileged few.
My resolve was further strengthened when, in my library, I came across the following quote that Abraham Lincoln, wrote in is his Notes for speeches in Ohio “The people– the people are the rightful masters of both congresses and courts– not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it.”

Thus I was moved to action, so I acted. I was surprised at all the people at the action. It first started off with two, brave souls, going in and distracting the managers by asking questions about opening an account. Then, people came in with checks that were for 1,500,00.00 (the amount that Bank of America should have paid in taxes) and trying to cash them. When the tellers told them “No” the Uncutter’s gave a quick speech about how the American people were owed this money and that in 2009 Bank of America made 4.2 Billion in profits and paid ZERO taxes to which the tellers seemed speechless about. I personally spoke to two Managers of Bank of America and was told by them that Bank of America “Pays their taxes.” If you combine this with what the tellers said we can draw two conclusions.

  1. The Tellers and Managers are lying.
  2. The Tellers and Managers do not know what their employers are doing.

Either way the American People are hurting and the Truth needs to be told. It seems to me that our current laws are creating a rapid accumulation of property and wealth in a few hands, and thus rendering the rest of the population dependent, poor and hungry. I ask you the following question, “How much are you, and your children, willing to sacrifice so the Rich get richer?” Please get involved in any way you can and at what level you are comfortable with. My next posting will discuss ways you can get involved at various levels.

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

2 responses »

  1. Hey Fierce,

    I appreciated reading your story and I agree with your stance. Right on!

    My only issue is any harassment of bank tellers. They are underpaid and have no power but are often the ones that bear the brunt of these actions. How do you respond to this concern?

    • Matt,

      Their was little, if any, harassment. They really seemed interested to hear what was going on. At one time all the tellers were looking and listening to what we were saying. As a Buddhist I try to be kind and act with equanimity. I only want to educate so that people can realize what it going on.

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