Things you thought you’d never see in America (graphic)

by Mr. Charrington on July 6, 2008

“If Tyranny and opposition come to this land it will be under the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

~ James Madison

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Hank 07.06.08 at 9:15 am

Um, do I recall something in the Constitution about the right of the people to peaceably assemble kind of like being guaranteed?

I guess it’s no longer the land of the free.

Jeremy 07.06.08 at 10:31 am

I can confirm that this has been going on for my entire life on earth (26 years). From what I read in the history books, this has never been the land of the free.

Mr. Charrington 07.06.08 at 10:52 am

It wasn’t always like this. I can confirm that in my 45 years on this planet, in this country I’ve only seen it getting worse in spite of all promises that any … politician has made and of course it’s always for all in the name of your well being and safety.

Huck 07.06.08 at 11:49 am

Just to play devil’s advocate here let’s look at things this way. These protesters are disrupting traffic, business, etc. Maybe they might even be gathering without the legal permits to do so. The police ask them to move along, move along…and they start giving them pushback. They say “F*** the police!” They spit at the cops they do all sorts of things. They don’t just politely and quietly move to a different spot or go home as they should. So the cops try and move them along and they start pushing the cops, they start hitting the cops, so what’s a cop to do? His job. And if they’re armored, good for them. Even a 12 year old girl can have knife or a gun or something else that would hurt someone.

Now, I’m not justifying all of it and I’m sure there are plenty of innocent bystanders that get mixed up in the middle of it and get hurt. But a lot of the time people that get their @$$es beat in these kinds of situations bring it on themselves.

mike stanton 07.06.08 at 12:20 pm

land of the free.. beatdowns!!!

zach 07.06.08 at 12:52 pm

Land of the free? Whoever told you that is your enemy.

David 07.06.08 at 1:09 pm

Huck is exactly right. There are too many morons out there saying that the police are out to get them and that they were being peaceful. But most of the time, these protesters can be obnoxious, in the way, and downright rude. Not to mention uneducated. The police are doing their jobs. Dressing it up as “sweet and innocent” doesn’t it make it that way.

Ian 07.06.08 at 2:05 pm

Huck, David,

Your comments are entirely misguided. Your justification of violence against the citizens of the United States makes me sad and question your patriotism.

Never should an officer injur a civilian unless his safety or the safety of others is in jeopardy.

Your suggestion that they may have been violating some law is a valid one, but in that case a peaceful and non-violent arrest is the appropriate action for the police to take. I don’t knoew the full story behind these events, nor do you. In that case the only appropriate action is to question, not accept.

Please, for your own and your posterity’s wellfare, think not “It’s probably ok.” but rather “I will make sure that it is right”

downlowfunk 07.06.08 at 2:09 pm

Right to assembly needs a Permit.
LMAO @ Huck

Mike 07.06.08 at 3:19 pm

The problem with these photos is that they are out of context, and put to music meant to elicit a specific interpretation. The police response may have been inappropriate, but we can’t be certain with what is shown here.

No right is absolute. People’s rights often conflict, the “yelling fire in a theater” being the most widely known example. But there are others as well. You may exercise your rights as long as you do not infringe upon the rights of others. You have the right to peacefully assemble, but not anywhere at any time no matter the effect upon others.

No matter how important your cause may be to you, you don’t have a right to take other people’s rights away to express yourself. Your rights are no more important than mine, and vice-versa. It’s called equality under the law, and it must be enforced or we lose our rights to any mob willing to impose itself.

You may agree with the people in this example, but what if they were a group/cause you despised, imposing themselves upon you? What if you missed a job interview because they blocked traffic, and you lost the opportunity? That could effect your life forever. All because they couldn’t find a way to speak their mind while respecting their fellow citizens’ rights too.

charrington 07.06.08 at 3:56 pm

It makes me sad too. Thats the problem with America, they don’t know what the constitution is really about and sense they grew up with a broken constitution they really don’t understand what rights they have and what rights are being violated. As far as they know it’s ok to shoot and abuse people under certain circumstances and they will never know what Inalienable rights are to them it’s just a story. It’s very sad indeed…

heathen1 07.06.08 at 8:35 pm

Huck, David,

From what I personally witnessed in Seattle during the WTO protest: The first rubber bullets and tear gas were fired at the Ecumenical Council who were staging a permitted (as in they had a permit) registered sit-down “pray-in.” Priests and Nuns from a dozen different faiths were seated in a circle, holding hands and singing. The police completely surrounded them without saying anything. Then one of the officers got on a bull-horn and said “You have five seconds to disperse.” Keep in mind these people were seated, mostly cross-legged and holding hands, and were completely surrounded. There was no where they could have gone, even if given the chance. They weren’t, however, as the first barrage of bullets and tear gas came less than a second after the “announcement.” Take your FOX-inspired view of these events and shove it – until you have actually been in the thick f it and seen it happening you can’t speak from anything but what you are spoon-fed from the media.

charrington 07.06.08 at 11:16 pm

heathen1,

I had heard this was the case from others and I’m very glad you posted that info. I don’t think people are believing their own eye’s or their fellow man. FOX is one very big reason for the prevailing attitude and it was the very same way in the L.A. Protests as well. The Cops there where insane and laughing about gunning people down.

I don’t think people really understand whats happening … soon enough they will.

andy 10.21.08 at 12:06 am

damn fight on

andy 10.21.08 at 12:34 am

crazy shit but true

Russ 05.13.11 at 2:39 am

Were only as free as were willing to pull the trigger!!

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

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