The pendulum just might hit us in the ass
by Aaryn Belfer / The Women’s Colony / Originally posted Aug 18, 2009
Remember the “free speech zones” of the last eight years? Remember how, during George W. Bush’s 2006 State of the Union, Cindy Sheehan, mother of slain American soldier Casey Sheehan, was arrested for her t-shirt that read “2,242 Dead. How many more?” Remember the many vetted crowds and the systematic hushing-up of dissenting voices? Oh how quaint! How innocent! How carefree those times in our democracy! Just the thought of those halcyon days makes me want to jump in the air and kick my heels together.
During eight years of Bush, progressives and those on the left (and, after a while, many in the center too) protested vigorously, passionately, determinedly, and-whoa, get this!-peacefully. But seven meager months into the Obama administration, and right-wing extremists are talking secession, fabricating lies to induce fear and are stockpiling ammunition. They are apoplectic and want you to know it. Are you frightened? You should be.
For the third time in one week, American Terrorists armed with handguns and weapons designed not to kill but to obliterate an enemy (there would be no deer pelt to hang on the cabin wall if you use this tool for hunting), have been permitted to attend protests in close proximity to where our President was speaking.
At an event in Arizona on Monday, there were a reported dozen of them. These Hestonistas happen to be cowards (all but one have refused to give their names to the media), but they strut around all puffed up and indignant, all Big Man On Campus, grumbling about their few remaining freedoms.
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Aaryn Belfer is a writer by night and a columnist for San Diego City Beat.