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Chris Floyd is Da Bomb: "Caging the Dream"

chicago dyke's picture

I am not worthy. Why can't I write pure Zen like this?

Martin Luther King Jr. walked down the middle of hostile streets, through crowds spewing hatred at him, howling for his blood; he faced down police bayonets and the power of the state. Now our modern-day heroes can't bear to allow a few critical words within 700 feet of their pampered selves.

He's talking about this, of course:

Protesters at the Democratic National Convention in Denver can be restricted to fenced-in areas, federal judge ruled on Wednesday, saying that security needs outweighed curbs on their rights...

U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger agreed that the protesters would suffer some infringement on their freedom of expression but said those interests had to be balanced with security concerns.

"The restrictions inhibit the plaintiffs' ability to engage in some forms of expressive conduct, (but) ... the plaintiffs have a wide variety of alternative means of expression that will allow them to effectively communicate their messages," Krieger wrote in her 71-page ruling.

I'm sure I'm just a bitter dead ender or something, but I do remember the days when at least some Black Democratic leaders understood the Constitution and the rights granted therein. I guess it's too much for most of the Dem leaders today, and blah blah boilerplate blah, I do agree that Obama is at the very highest risk and needs tight security and all the rest.

But gosh, contrasting him and King sure doesn't make for a pretty picture, does it? There's brave, there's foolish, and then there's Kabuki. For all the trillions we've spent "improving security" these last 8 years, you'd think we'd have more to show than that last.

Lindsey has more. And do read the whole Floyd piece, he's on fire as usual.

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Submitted by vastleft on

The First Amendment is not a freedom pact.