Saturday, October 4, 2008

Angry People On The Street

I recently published a post about BushCo putting soldiers on America's streets, and was surprised this morning that CNN actually had an article about it on their front page. I was also surprised that they even mentioned the Posse Comitatus Act, even though they never really directly said that the placement of troops on the streets is illegal. They just called it "controversial."

But here's the quote, near the end of the article, that really stood out for me:

"We need a lot more in our toolbox in order to deal with angry people on the street," said Col. Barry Johnson of U.S. Army North.

BushCo is worried that this financial mess, the huge loss of jobs, foreclosures of homes, expensive gas, expensive home heating, devaluation of the dollar, high food prices, an unending war in Iraq, huge mismanagement of war contracts with billions in missing cash and guns, all these things might cause the people of America to rise up in protest.

One could only wish for such a thing.

But in the eyes of Col. Barry Johnson, angry Americans protesting in the streets must be controlled by soldiers with rubber bullets, spike strips and Tasers. We got a preview at the Republican National Convention, where more than 800 people were arrested, some of whom were just riding bicycles, or curious bystanders, or nationally known journalists and their crew. Many of the actual protesters that were arrested were angry about what the Republicans have done to destroy our country, but few of them were violent.

There's a difference between angry and violent. Just ask Jesus.

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