published Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

'Occupation' contrary to constitutionally protected peaceful protest

Some of the so-called Occupy Wall Street protests around the country have descended into hooliganism and even rioting.

In Nashville, protesters have threatened to occupy the Capitol as well as travel centers owned by Gov. Bill Haslam's family if legislation to evict them from their unreasonable encampment in Legislative Plaza passes.

That threat shows an alarming disrespect for the rule of law, but that is tame by comparison with what is happening in California and some other states.

In Oakland, Calif., last Saturday, three police officers were injured in what Reuters news service labeled "running skirmishes" with Occupy Wall Street protesters.

"[A]ctivists sought to take over a shuttered downtown convention center, sparking cat-and-mouse battles ...," Reuters reported.

"Officers were pelted with bottles, metal pipe, rocks, spray cans, improvised explosive devices and burning flares," the Oakland Police Department said.

Meanwhile, in New York City, six officers were injured in protests that led to rioting charges against four demonstrators.

Rioting and the use of force to take over private property are not the "peaceable assembly" protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

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I guess you don't respect the Tennessee state Constitution then?

That government being instituted for the common benefit, the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

I surely hope you never swore an oath to uphold it.

February 2, 2012 at 12:13 a.m.
librul said...


February 2, 2012 at 7:53 a.m.
librul said...

"That's just the way it is.

"As exhibited by the often bland, "normal" outward appearance of a serial killer, when the apologists and operatives of an exploitive, destructive system appear to be reasonable, they can go about their business without creating general alarm. By the same token, while many present day Republicans are zealots--barnburners raving into the flames of the conflagrations created by the militarist/national security/police/prison industrial state--Barack Obama and the Democratic Party serve as normalizers of the pathologies of late empire.

"In this manner, atrocious acts can be committed by the state, with increasing frequency, because, over the passage of time, such outrages will have been allowed to pass into the realm of the mundane, and are thus bestowed with a patina of acceptability.

"In nineteenth century Britain, the sugar that sweetened the tea of oh-so civilized, afternoon teatime was harvested by brutalized, Caribbean slaves, who rarely lived past the age of thirty, as, for example, in our time, in our blood-wrought moments of normalcy, we trudge about in sweatshop sewn clothing, brandishing i-Phones manufactured by factory enslaved teenage girls who are forced to work 14 hour plus shifts.

"That's just the way it is" might be one of the most soul-defying phrases in the human lexicon.

"Contrast this with the OWS slogan, "The beginning is near.” Hold both sentiments in your mind and discover which one allows your own heart to beat in sync with the heart of the world, and which will grant the imagination and stamina required to remake the world anew."

February 2, 2012 at 8:18 a.m.
conservative said...

The Lieberal mind is a lawless mind. When Lieberals gather together they will cast off what little restraint on moral behavior they have. We knew they would turn violent and be destructive, use drugs, live in squalor, parade nude, make insane demands, and be a public nuisance. Note those like-minded who defend them.

February 2, 2012 at 9:14 a.m.

I wish I could talk about the conservative mind, but clearly there isn't one.

At least, not this conservatives one.

All I could find was a continuous ranting of hate-speech against others, and I just can't qualify that as a mind.

February 2, 2012 at 3:32 p.m.

Typical, the truth is always hate speech to progressives.

February 2, 2012 at 4:28 p.m.

And of course, you claim that liberals are being hypocritical when they don't chide their own who speak such terms, but your own, well, they're just telling the truth, and liberals don't like it.

February 2, 2012 at 5:24 p.m.
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