Monday, March 3, 2014

"You Have No Rights."

Got Freedom?

From CBS Baltimore:
“I have my rights,” the man said.
“You have no rights,” the officer said.
“Do you see the police presence here? Do you see us all? We’re not [expletive] around. Do you understand? Do not disrespect us and do not not listen to us,” the officer said. “Now walk away and shut your [expletive] mouth or you’re going to jail, do you understand?”
“I thought I had freedom of speech here,” the man said.
“You don’t. You just lost it,” the officer replied
The man who was filming was not arrested and has not filed a complaint in this case.

Why not? 
Not because the man's liberty is sacrosanct, but because a Cyclops of the state decided not to arrest him. Those of you who foolishly claim man has no natural rights, or that our rights come from the state, have no intellectual standing to criticize such behavior.

The cop was wrong, you say?
What’s to stop him?
Someone bigger in government saying he’s wrong?
What if the president and the entire federal government say he’s right?
Then what?
What if it’s a rightwing jackboot shutting down an LGBT group protesting outside a Christian bakery?
And what if a rightwing president says it’s OK, and a rightwing government backs him up?
Then what?

ACLU - You have every right to photograph that cop

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