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Strategos Wrote: May 08, 2012 6:47 AM
What happened to free speech & the right to protest, in a democracy? If we weren't challenged & threatened by their message, we wouldn't be concerned. Dictators & authoritarian murders like Russia's Putin & (the ex) Colonel Gadaffi disagree with protest. The US has been supporting freedom, via foreign policy, for 70+ years -- under the greatest of administrations -- and I think we should consider, very carefully, before we align ourselves with totalitarian regimes on this one.
Dan107 Wrote: May 08, 2012 7:42 AM
There is no "right to protest," in America. However, there is a right to peaceable assemble. There is a right to petition the government. The Occupy Wall St. protests are not peaceable and they take away the rights of others.
Daune Wrote: May 08, 2012 7:39 AM
Strategos, you have engaged in the typical liberal straw man nonsense. No one is saying they can't protest, just do it in a lawful manner. Lecturing us on whether one can protest is silly when all we are saying is that the protests must not infringe on the legal rights of others.
rickmcq Wrote: May 08, 2012 7:37 AM
"What happened to free speech & the right to protest, in a democracy?"

It was highjacked by street protestors, who consider themselves above the laws of order (and even common decency) while being protected from the normal consequences by politicians who want the same political/legal/cultural changes but lack the support ot power to accomplish those goals legally.
johnm h Wrote: May 08, 2012 7:31 AM
It's their disorder that is the subject of the article, not their message or their rights to protest. The message to the extent this bunch has one, is similar to that of the tea party which managed to get 50 times more people out but left not a trace of trash, didn't break any laws or windows. That is the constitutional right, not mob violence. His other point, is that these OWS are totalitarian as they assert that they speak for 99%, are above the law, and threaten violence and destruction to any who object.
Jeff3256 Wrote: May 08, 2012 7:16 AM
This isn't about the right to protest. This is about seizure of private and public property by protestors, who then held it for weeks or months. It's about vandalism, violence and widespread criminal activity at OWS sites. These are not rights inherent in protest.

And you can stuff that "align ourselves with totalitarian regimes" cxrap in your hat.
oldnjal Wrote: May 08, 2012 7:36 AM
Protests should not include the activities the papers and TV have covered up.
Sean Hannity has spoken out, and I doubt his free speech is appreciated by these hypocrites.

Nor should law-abiding citizens be abused by these useful idiots.

The "Occupy" movement, which the Obama administration and much of the media have embraced, has implications that reach far beyond the passing sensation it has created.

The unwillingness of authorities to put a stop to their organized disruptions of other people's lives, their trespassing, vandalism and violence is a de facto suspension, if not repeal, of the 14th Amendment's requirement that the government provide "equal protection of the laws" to all its citizens.

How did the "Occupy" movement acquire such immunity from the laws that the rest of us are expected to obey? Simply by shouting politically correct...