“Congress shall make no law… abridging… the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” — First Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America.
May 25, 2011
The “free speech zone,” despite being anathema to the U.S. Constitution, has been used intermittently since the Vietnam War protests. When their use was expanded to actually hide protesters during both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in 2004, free speech zones were quickly written off by the mainstream media as either no big deal, or essential to protect participants from dangerous activists. Many in the alternative media warned that this was a dangerous precedent to set; after all, America itself is considered by the Constitution to be a free speech zone, with laws that were created to prosecute crimes when they are committed and not before.
These zones have now become a political tool used to alter the perception of media coverage, as supporters are allowed a front-row seat in full view of cameras, while protesters are housed in cages sometimes blocks away from the actual event.
Sure enough, free speech zones are cropping up across America in a variety of locations, as evidenced in the following video from Orlando, FL where judge Belvin Perry has designated a small section of sidewalk to those who might want to express their freedom at the Orange County Courthouse:
This is a clear demonstration of how rights have been turned into privileges.
John Kurtz, who appears in this video, has himself fallen prey to the erosion of the First Amendment in America. Kurtz recorded a violent confrontation with police that involved the extreme use of force by an officer on a suspect who already was subdued and in handcuffs. His camera was confiscated and he is now awaiting trial on charges that couldput him in jail for 6 years.
As America declines into full blown tyranny, the State is using fiat law in an attempt to convince people that arbitrary rules and regulations are actually the law of the land. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, whenever these made-up laws are challenged as unconstitutional, would-be tyrants have had to back down more often than not.
As Lila Rajiva, author of The Language of Empire, states:
Statutory laws, the laws that get passed with great pomp and circumstance aren’t the laws that really govern society though they might look like they do.
But if they really did, why is it that the crimes committed by Soviet commissars or by the Nazi Gestapo. . . or by the CIA . . . were all committed with the law books bulging at the seams?
It’s not how many laws you have that matters, but how well those laws are obeyed.(Source)
More than ever, it is high time to start thinking outside the box.
This article was posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 3:13 am