We have to understand what time it is. When the state starts to hurt people for asking questions, we can no longer operate on the leisurely time of a strong democracy.
Today’s news shows a recognizable shock moment in the annals of a closing society. A very ordinary-looking American student — Andrew Meyer, 21, at the University of Florida – was tasered by police when he asked a question of Senator John Kerry about the impeachment of President George Bush. His arms were pinned and as he tried to keep speaking he was shocked — in spite of begging not to be hurt. A stunning piece of footage but unfortunately, historically, a very familiar and even tactical moment.
It is an iconic turning point and it will be remembered as the moment at which America either fought back or yielded. This violence against a student is different from violence against protesters in the anti-war movement of 30 years ago because of the power the president has now to imprison innocent U.S. citizens for months in isolation. And because, as I have explained elsewhere, we are not now in a situation in which ‘the pendulum’ can easily swing back. That taser was directed at the body of a young man, but it is we ourselves, and our Constitution, who received the full force of the shock.
One problem: It seems that from the git-go, the kid was doing it precisely as a publicity stunt; he wasn’t an innocent snowflake exercising his First Amendment rights only to be brutally subjugated into silence by The State…
he was a Media Whore who took it too far:
He gave a video camera he’d brought with him to the student next to him and asked her to film him — right before he started laying into Kerry. His demeanor “completely changed” once he was in the squad car and away from the cameras, say the cops; “you didn’t do anything wrong,” he allegedly told them — before asking if there were any cameras in the jail they were taking him to. He had no ID on him at the time of the arrest according to what he told the cops with 1:57 left in this afternoon’s video — but he did have a business card for his dopey vanity website, per the CNN report.
The original video clip always left a question with me: why were the college security officers so worried about this kid? As more video came into the light, it became clear: he WANTED to cause a ruckus, and he got his wish… with a taser kicker.
But notice how some “intellectual” like Naomi Wolf (and many, many more), instead of waiting for more information–more facts and evidence–to be brought forward (which even a moron like me was willing to wait for before shooting off) immediately launches into an indictment against what she perceives to be the narrative… as opposed to the… you know… reality of the matter.
Because you see, what actually happened, for folks like Naomi (and many of her fellow travelers), is irrelevent to how it juxtaposes against the ideological paradigm that BushHitlerCo has created and imprinted on the country’s psyche all because of Darth (“Magnificent Bastard”) Rove’s Mind Control Machine….
Or some similar pyschobabble shit. Me? I’d have given the kid a swift kick in the nuts and never needed to feed him the ‘STFU juice.’
Not as THE MAN, but as a member of the audience. Shit bastards like that need slapping. What happened at UF is a textbook example of what happens when you let idiots like this get away with the “small” stuff… they up the amps until the ‘governors’ overload.
Ann Althouse piles on.