Tonight is a special night if you are Mexican or of Mexican descent. El Grito de Dolores takes place at 11:00 pm every 15th of September and commemorates the call to arms that inspired the Mexican battle for independence against the Spanish colonists way back in 1810. Even though the fruits of the Mexican revolution have not always been the sweetest, Mexicans are as fiercely proud of their revolutionary spirit as Americans are of our own “Spirit of ‘76.”
With all the headlines about killings and drug cartel crime, it’s easy to see why Mexico might be ripe for another revolution. What may not be so easy to see is that our own country is also ripe for our own revolution. We forget that bankers are making billions of dollars in profits after a taxpayer funded bailout that pushed the global economy to the brink of disaster. We forget that BP’s broken deep sea well is still dumping oil into the waters of the Gulf Coast while our government and media look the other way. We ignore the fact that President Obama has appointed a former lawyer for Monsanto as our nation's Food Safety Czar. We skim over the fact that 46.2 million Americans are now living in poverty - a record number – while the rich keep getting richer. We still don’t have affordable health care and Big Pharma has a stranglehold on our elected representatives, literally controlling the price of life and death around the world.
Why are some corporations too big to fail? Why are the poor, the tired, the huddled masses too insignificant to care about?
Across the globe, multinational corporations continue to profit and get assistance from host governments, while the people in those countries struggle to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. What's wrong with us? How could we let this happen? Why did we allow corporations to have more protection under our laws than we do as individual citizens?
It's time for change. It's time that we take our rage and create a positive change with it. It's time for a National Day of Rage!
The US Day of Rage is a non-partisan group of non-violent citizen nobodies who believe in the radical idea that Americans have a right to freedom of speech, the right to peaceable assembly, the right to natural self interest (left or right), indeed the right to engage in politics through free and fair elections - uncorrupted by disloyal, incompetent, and wasteful special interests that have usurped our nation's civil and military power and who are destroying our democratic republic by preying on the resources and spirits of citizens.
US Day of Rage is encouraging a nationwide protest on September 17th. Like El Grito, it symbolizes the voice of the people shouting out the truth for all to hear. It can be the spark that touches off the revolution. The National Day of Rage protests will be held just two days from today. Let's have our own Grito. Let's shout a loud, clear message to this country's leaders and let them know that we want an end to business as usual, that we want an end to corporate personhood and most importantly, that we are paying attention!