John Heuer and Wally Myers (aka Tom Jefferson) lead the procession to the General Assembly on the 12th Moral Monday.
John Heuer stared as Eisenhower and Wally Myers was Jefferson in "Saving the Soul of America"
We, the Public
Democracy has always been the target of hostile takeovers by those who wish to withdraw all power from the public and grant control of that power to privileged individuals and corporate investors.
These enemies of the public have used the judicial system to undermine democracy through the Supreme Court by stopping the Presidential election of 2000 (Bush v. Gore), by granting corporations political power (Citizens United v. Fed. Elections Comm.), and by removing Voter Protection Laws (Shelby County v. Holder).
With the influx of money, corporate power in collusion with corporate media has corrupted elections. Democracy as a form of representational government for and by the public has been hijacked in North Carolina. The Legislature is further undermining the public by blocking voters, which is a violation against democracy, and also by corporatizing education, which is a violation against an informed public.
Thomas Jefferson was the framer of democracy. By dressing as he dressed and carrying the flag that he carried, I wanted to remind the public of our duty to protect democracy’s commitment to representing We the People, the Public. For Jefferson understood that when the rule of the strongest takes power and government ceases to acknowledge the majority; then life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness will be taken from the public by those individuals obsessed with greed and power.
In our Declaration of Independence Jefferson wrote:
Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.
By its reckless, deceptive, and unconstitutional legislation the General Assembly of North Carolina has become destructive of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It has failed to represent the people and it has undermined democracy. By the Right of the People, I assert my commitment to representational democracy and say to those who try to destroy it: This politics of repression shall not stand. This social elitism shall not stand. This culture of alienation shall not stand. This economy of exploitation shall not stand. We the People shall not let this stand. And with determination I join with those to peacefully resist repression, alienation, and exploitation by elitists; and with resolution, I take a stand to protect We, the Public.”