By Pete Kotz
on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 5:20 AM
One could argue that the teabagger protests at town hall meetings are a very good thing. An active citizenry is engaged in vigorous protest, getting in the face of their congressmen, and generally unleashing some red-blooded fury on people who have sold their ass to the highest bidder for years.
These things have become so raucous that politicians are now afraid to meet their constituents. Is not fear-induced humility within our political class also a very good thing?
But some congressmen are fighting back by getting unions to provide security. At a Missouri meeting, one protester was punched out by a service workers member. Could this too be a very good thing? It's one thing to exercise your 1st Amendment rights. But it's another to stop everyone else from exercising theirs. And when you're largely yapping gibberish -- euthanasia? socialism? -- does this not violate moral law? You know, the one against acting like an asshole in public?
Take a gander at the video above from a meeting held by Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Florida. Can you imagine a little old lady trying to get through this crowd? And since it's a sin to scare little old ladies, does one not have a moral obligation to remove whomever's doing the scaring by any means necessary?