Over the last week or two, I've been reading (and watching) the coverage of the conventions and their attendant protests. The cops in both cities have over-reacted. In Denver we had this, for example:
Nice, eh? An NBC reporter was arrested for... um... something nasty, I'm sure.
Then at the RNC, we have Amy Goodman (Democracy Now anchor and pacifist) arrested:
We have "flower girl" pepper sprayed:
So after all this, I was thinking about my constitutional rights. Assembly, expression and all that kind if hippie stuff. I decided to pull out the new toy (iPod touch) that I had loaded with the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, so I could read what the founding fathers had to say about the whole protesting the government thing. What did I see? Well, I'll tell you that I had a fleeting moment of panic when I saw this:
Says it all, don't it?