‘President of the 1%’

As long as there is a government, there will be plenty of opportunities for protest. And nothing gives more reason for protest right now than the 2012 presidential election, where government, people and policy all come into play.

My latest piece of protest art comes from Thursday, March 1, where over a hundred protesters gathered outside a Mitt Romney fundraiser in Bellevue, Washington.

Carrying signs and posters protesting the wealthiest candidate in the presidential election (if elected, Romney would be the wealthiest president in terms of raw dollars), members of Working Washington, a labor union in Washington, made clear their concern over whether Romney could relate to poor and working class Americans.

The largest protest sign at the rally was a spinoff of the U.S. Constitution reading “We the Corporations” with a “Rmoney” (a clear mix of the name ‘Romney’ and the word ‘money’) cutout pasted over it.

The largest sign carried by protesters at a Romney fundraiser was a spin-off of the U.S. Constitution reading "We the Corporations."

Another large sign read “of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%,” an out-of-context version of the popular closing line from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, “that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

Another sign at the protest took a line out-of-context from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Romney has had a difficult time convincing the poor and working class that he could relate to them if elected.

Romney’s overwhelming personal wealth has had the effect of isolating him from a large majority of the American population. Despite repeated claims that his own social status would not obstruct his thinking when enacting policies affecting the poor and middle class, he has already gained the nickname “The President of the 1%.”