Criminalizing Criticism. July 30, 2007

by Will

Will Grigg's Liberty Minute

July 30, 2007

The right to petition elected leaders for redress of grievances is central to our Anglo-Saxon heritage of liberty under law. Under the Bush-Cheney regime, however, exercising that right is considered assault.

Steve Howards had a chance encounter with Dick Cheney outside a mall in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Howards approached the Vice President and in a voice of polite disapproval said: ?Your policies in Iraq are reprehensible.? He then walked away.

A few minutes later, Howards was tracked down by a Secret Service agent, handcuffed in front of his 8-year-old son, and accused of ?assaulting the Vice President.? Jailed for three hours and released on a $500 bond, Howards was charged with the lesser offense of harassment. That charge was eventually dropped, but the point was made: Criticizing our rulers to their faces will be treated as a criminal offense.

?I was incredulous this could be happening in the United States of America,? recalls Howard. ?This is what I read about happening in Tiananmen Square.?

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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