An ugly storm was brewing downtown in the financial district at the Bank of America this afternoon.
A gang of well-organized protestors gathered en masse to denounce "robber bankers" and demand that the rich be taxed and bank criminals be held accountable for their misdeeds.
"They get a rich. We get foreclosed," one graphic sign screamed out in bold-faced lettering.
"They get a bail-out. We get mad."
Yes, the humbling masses have become so angry, that they have decided to stand up a fight back.
One disgruntled San Francisco resident lamented to all within earshot:
"There's nothing left for us. We're poor. There aren't any jobs."
One hand-out distrubuted by the protestors noted that 47 million people live below the poverty line in the U.S (or 1 in 6 people).
And, half the nation is relying on food stamps to put food in their gut daily.
Subsequently, the protestors' angst was focused on corrupt bankers and the uppercrust in this country.
"Tax the super rich," one shouted.
"Stop banker fraud," cried out another.
One clever supporter of the cause celebre drafted a handful of chants for the "week of action" ahead.
Hey, hey, ho, ho!
Bank foreclosures have got to go!
Bank of America , You're no good!
Stop foreclosures like you should!
Bank of America, You can't hide!
We can see your greedy side!
Bankers, gangsters, have no shame!
Both rob families, just the same!
One member of the local San Francisco Board of Supervisors alleged that they were gathered at the Bank of America headquarters because the scandal-ridden financial institution was still holding over 300 million dollars that belonged to the City of San Francisco.
"We want to pull out that money out and use it for our community right here in San Francisco," he shouted to wild round of applause.
"This is democracy at work," appeared to be the battle cry of the afternoon.
The general consensus?
It was time for the working class to take back the country.
The activists are currently working on a 2012 ballot initiative to ding the top 1% of the richest citizens with a 10% tax.
"The initiative will generate $18 billion , solve the deficit, fund schools, and put California back to work," they argue vigorously.
According to the U.S. Constitution, the government was set up by our founding fathers to be a democratic institution to be run by the people and for the people.
When it ceases to be for the people, it should be abolished, accordingly.
No wonder one protestor was inclined to conclude that:
"Revolution is beautiful"