“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment or religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the People peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.” (Article 1, Amendments To The Constitution Of The United States of America.)
Congress is prohibited by the Constitution from making any laws abridging the right of the People to peaceably assemble and to petition for redress of grievances, but somebody apparently forgot to tell this to the authorities who sit in the seats of power at the local and state levels.
These days, if a group of people decides to try to “Peaceably Assemble” in some public place (Places paid for by their own taxes), they are more likely than not to find that the modern interpretation of expressing Freedoms “Guaranteed” under the Constitution brings with it the reward of getting smacked up the side of the head with a billy club or getting the full force of a stream of blinding, choking, burning mace in your face administered at the hands of some smiling law enforcement officer.
That seems to be the extent of “Greetings” and “Tolerance” being shown to the ever-growing army of Wall Street Protester Types who have taken to the streets so that their desperate voices might be heard in high places and where some kind of mercy might be expected to flow down to them from their trusted elected officials.
I am saddened when I hear that some highly-trained and heavily-armed cop sees the need to spray mace into the face of an 84-year-old woman. This was reported all over the news recently. Isolated case? I don’t think so. I am sure that cop felt really threatened by that elderly person! My oh My! What Macho that must have taken! I wonder if that cop got a merit badge for that one?
Then there is the report about the 70-ish woman at Berkley California who had another policeman drive the end of his billy club so forcefully into her chest that she was knocked to the ground during a student protest recently. Her crime? She s reported to have been chastising the cop for taking part in what she considered a truly un-American response by police to a peaceful student demonstration on a college campus. I wonder if that cop and his buddies had a big laugh over that one?
There are stories coming in about police using their clubs as battering rams against innocent protesters (Unarmed protesters), hammering away at bodies, swinging those clubs as hard as they can into chests and bellies. It apparently doesn’t matter whether the victims of this abuse are young, old, male or female– it is reported to always be applied with the same intensity regardless of the target.
And if those being assaulted by the Big, Brave and Blue turn away from the force of the attackers, do they let them go peacefully? No! It is reported over and over again that the Big, Blue and Brave give chase and continue their merciless pummeling, crashing those clubs into ribs and spines with sickening thuds.
Imagine a line of these cops, their sticks held tight against their chests as they await the order to pounce and attack. I can almost see their expressionless, glassy eyes and their impassionate faces as described by one eye witness to the carnage.
They are said to look and act like a bunch of dehumanized mechanical things– like out of some science fiction horror movie or something. But they are not actors and what is happening is not a stage play. American Citizens are getting the Holy Crap beat out of them for no greater crime than exercising what is supposed to be their First Amendment Rights.
And what I want to know is where is our Federal Government while our fellow citizens are getting the crap kicked out of them for what amounts to nothing but an attempt at peaceable assembly and a petition for redress of grievances?
What I want to know is why hasn’t our Government called the National Guard out to protect these American Citizens like President Kennedy did during the Civil Rights marches in the 60s?
Does anyone but me remember that when the Tea Party was out on the streets with their hate signs and their guns strapped to their sides that there wasn’t even a hint of this level of police brutality? Does that suggest who controls the country?
Could it be that Big Money is actually in control and that they fear what the Occupy Movement stands for? Who are the police protecting here anyway? The people whom they are beating on or the big wigs who sign the pay checks? Along with that question, I would also like for somebody to answer “Why?”
Can you imagine the effect this level of police action against peaceful citizens must be having on America’s image in the eyes of the rest of the world? Have our leaders gotten so callous and uncaring; so caught up in their fantasy of American Exceptionalism” that they just don’t care what the rest of the world thinks anymore? Is there a warning in that? Is there a lesson to be taken from that possibility?
I hate to bring this up, but I guess this is as good a place as any and I am sure I’m not the only one wondering about what I am about to say.
“When some military type or some police-state type of enforcer in some God-Forsaken country somewhere takes it upon himself or herself to walk up to a dissident on the street and blow his or her brains out on orders from some despotic tyrant, can that “Enforcer” legitimately claim that he or she was “Only Doing My Job?”
I just want to know how far America is willing to allow this disregard for First Amendment Rights to go before something is done to stop it?
Will it escalate into some form of bloodshed somewhere along the line and will those in charge then scramble to find reasons to justify it?
Is that possible? Something like that happened at Kent State University some years back as I recall. I saw pictures of a dead student lying in a pool of blood from a bullet fired from the rifle of a military type. Are we going to get to that point again? Is that what is coming down the road here?
Is it time for someone in charge of peace keeping to take a look at which punishment fits which crimes and make some adjustments in the pro-activity of the enforcer’s chosen approach?
My God, people! What is happening?