US Constitution, First Amendment: The right to assemble, to have free speech, to have freedom of the press.
Ferguson Police: Kicks out media and limits protestors to a “First Amendment Area”
funny, i thought the WHOLE COUNTRY was a first amendment area. silly me.
What a goddam mess. I get embarrassed by my country often, because the USA, despite being my favorite place in the world and home, is crazy as fuck, but this whole Ferguson thing is just shot through with almost every type of crazy and wrong. When did we just start breaking laws because we don’t feel like we have to obey them because we’re in power, or we’re cops, or we think authority is infinite. Authority is always limited, and there’s a long line of dead kings, fascists, and soldiers who can prove to you.
My advice to the authorities in Ferguson: wise up. History is going to fucking railroad you. Remember history? That’s the thing people worried about, along with decency, common sense, and morality before short attention spans and extremist pundits and 8-bit politicians assured you that you only had to win in the media’s eyes, or failing that, muddle things up and interfere with the media reporting on you. Would anyone try a “First Amendment Area” with Walter Cronkite? Only if they wanted to get fired and vilified nearly immediately.