Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A beacon of freedom? Not so much.


CNN and the Washington Post are reporting that anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested tonight while attending the State of the Union address in Washington. Apparently, her crime was to wear a shirt with an anti-war slogan on it while she sat in the gallery as a guest of a member of the House.

She opened her jacket to reveal a T-shirt that, according to a supporter, gave the number of U.S. war dead and asked, "How many more?"

She was also boisterous, according to U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer, and after she ignored instructions to close her jacket and quiet down, she was escorted out and arrested. Demonstrating in the House gallery is prohibited.


Boisterous, eh? Is it a felony or a misdemeanor to be boisterous these days? Seems to me there were more than a few members of the Senate and House who were a little too boisterous tonight. Were they arrested, too? Didn't think so.

President Bush tonight essentially called the U.S. a beacon of democracy and freedom around the world. But is there any reason why the other 6 billion or so inhabitants of our planet should take his words seriously when people are being arrested here for speaking - or displaying - what's on their minds? Are our leaders so incapable of listening to other, dissenting points of view that they feel the need to quash that dissent?

The bottom line is that President Bush and his administration are setting an undeniably poor example for burgeoning democracies around the world. Whether it's stamping out dissent, painting opponents as traitors, or authorizing illegal spying on Americans' conversations and other communications, this administration is tearing apart the very fabric of our Constitution bit by bit.

As a true American patriot once said, "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." If only President Bush and others who support him would take those words of Thomas Jefferson to heart. Sadly, they appear both unwilling to do so and incapable of understanding why it's important. And bit by sickly bit our own freedom and our democratic ideals whither away.

5 Comments:

At 6:15 AM, Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Not to criticize her brave actions, but I wish she would have waited until the middle of the speech. Could have got it on TV, maybe a nice scuffle. We need something like that.

 
At 12:44 PM, Blogger DrewL said...

And she'd probably have gotten even more publicity - and sympathy - if she hadn't gone off to meet with Hugo Chavez last week. That was just a bit off-message for her, and it likely hurt her overall anti-war cause.

 
At 4:49 PM, Blogger WORFEUS said...

Exactly Drewl.

Regardless of what anyone thinks of Cindy's politics, NO American should be on board with the arresting and hauling away in handcuffs the mother of a fallen warrior, particularly in our OWN NATIONS CAPITAL!

This is one of the most UNAMERICAN things I have ever seen in our country.

We should ALL be ashamed of ourselves for allowing this to happen, and for letting our country digress this far.

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger WORFEUS said...

Neil Shakespeare said...

Not to criticize her brave actions, but I wish she would have waited until the middle of the speech. Could have got it on TV, maybe a nice scuffle. We need something like that.

Precisely Neil,

They knew we needed something like that, which is precisely why she was taken out early.

But heres the rub.

They KNEW there was no law supporting their actions.

I mean come on. Capital Police work their EVERYDAY for years and years.

They KNEW.

I know THEY knew.

 
At 2:44 PM, Blogger DrewL said...

And the House member's wife who was wearing a more supportive t-shirt slogan wasn't arrested. She was asked to leave, but wasn't arrested. Double standard? Yep.

 

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