Land of the formerly free, home of protofascism

Cindy Sheehan, on her eviction from the People’s House:

I told him that my son died there. That’s when the enormity of my loss hit me. I have lost my son. I have lost my First Amendment rights. I have lost the country that I love. Where did America go? I started crying in pain.

What did Casey die for? What did the 2244 other brave young Americans die for? What are tens of thousands of them over there in harm’s way for still? For this? I can’t even wear a shrit that has the number of troops on it that George Bush and his arrogant and ignorant policies are responsible for killing.

Read it and weep.


  1. Oddly, there was a case on exactly this point in the Vietnam Period.

    Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971).

    _Cohen_ holds it is a protected First Amendment right to have “Fuck the Draft” on your t-shirt. I don’t see how Sheehan’s behavior is any different.

  2. Well if this goes any further it will be land of the bound home of the chaind. Metaphoricly speaking that is.

  3. If I understand correctly, the Cohen decision says that free speech trumps “offensive conduct”, which the California court defined as “behavior which has a tendency to provoke others to acts of violence or to in turn disturb the peace.”

    Cindy’s blog asserts that she was arrested for “protesting,” not for offensive conduct or disturbing the peace. How might the administration justify the banning of protest, if not the above which has already been ruled on?

    So what happens next? I assume charges were dropped and so there is nothing to appeal. I just got back from travelling and haven’t kept up. It seems that there’s been little outrage and no riots or such. Google news seems to show just as many stories against Cindy as for. In the absense of civil or uncivil action, I guess the bastards are just going to get a away with this assualt on liberty.

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