ROLAND S. MARTIN: Occupy Wall Street And The Tea Party Are Exercising Their Rights

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It has been amazing listening to various critics of the Occupy Wall Street protests suggest that somehow what they’re doing is un-American. I’m the same person who said that the Tea Party had an absolute right to do what they were actually doing. In fact, I also said it was a welcome sight to see Americans stand up and voice their concerns and mobilize and organize. I might take issue with many aspects of what they’re saying, but there’s no way in the world I’m going to somehow criticize Americans for standing up and taking advantage of a constitutional right. How dare Herman Cain, how dare some of the other Republican candidates, how dare GOP members of Congress actually criticize Americans for actually being Americans. How can they stand here and call themselves patriots, waving their constitution and condemning Americans for actually protesting. Protesting and dissent is at the heart of this country. That’s how we were started. They galvanized people before we were the United States of America to go against the British. That’s how we led to the American Revolution.

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