‘Cause the Flag Still Stands for Freedom, and They Can’t Take That Away

It’s truly grand not to be living in a place like the former Soviet Union, where they’d lock people up in mental asylums for vocalizing their political protests.

There is no way something like this might ever happen in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Fisher is on the staff of Revolution Books, and on January 28, while she was putting Bush Step Down posters on telephone polls in Cleveland Heights, she was ordered by a police officer to take them down or face a fine. When she complied, she was asked for her ID, which she did not have on her. He then grabbed her by the arm, pushed her against a store window, and knocked her face down onto the sidewalk. He was joined by another officer, and they both pressed their feet against her back until she could not breathe. Her chin was pressed down into the concrete; Fisher has osteoradionecrosis in her jaw from radiation treatments for cancer.

Fisher was handcuffed and shackled. During this time, Fisher yelled out to everyone who passed what the posters were about. One of the police officers then told her, Fisher says, to “Shut up or I will kill you! I am sick of this anti-Bush shit! You are definitely going to the psyche ward.”

She was then threatened some more and taken away in an EMS truck. At the hospital, Fisher was asked to undress in front of the police officers, which she refused to do. The officers refused to leave, so a nurse attempted to shield her while she undressed. Fisher says she was then cuffed to the bed, given an IV of some sort, and made to wait hours for a psychiatrist to interview her. By this time, members of her World Can’t Wait group were in the emergency room having a confrontation with the police, who refused to let them see Fisher. Someone called the news media, who never made an appearance.

OK, I know. Things like this happen, but at least we have a more reasonable judicial system to ensure that justice is eventually served:

During the hearing, Judge McGinty made other strange requests baffling attorneys, asking defense counsel to openly read a lengthy message on Fisher’s t-shirt, saying:

“Wanted for Illegally Crossing Borders: The Bush Regime. If you are going to insist that crossing borders illegally is a crime which cannot be tolerated, how about George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice (and yes, Colin Powell) and the rest of that gang, with their highly illegal, and violent, ‘crossing of the border’-into Iraq, among other places?!”

Judge McGinty then said this was proof of her delusional state, adding that “Carol wants to go to jail and that she has a martyr complex.” Fisher had initially refused to taking a state ordered psych _eval, saying there was no reason for it due to the fact American citizens have the right to express political opinions in an open and honest fashion.

However, Judge McGinty’s response to Fisher’s refusal and statements was simply that “I don’t negotiate with felons.”

Fortunately, we don’t live in a place like the former Soviet Union where they confine political dissidents in mental hospitals and stifle organized political resistance. In AmeriKKKa, we truly can thank our “lucky stars, to be livin here today. ‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom, and they can’t take that away.”

posted by Stephen Gordon
  • Samiam

    Can’t have those citizens walking about without their papers, eh Comrades?

    “‘Tis the herd-dangled banner, oh long may it wave;
    O’er the home of the sheep, and the land of the slave…

  • Stuart Richards

    Where can we protest this? This is fucking WRONG.

  • Stephen VanDyke

    Headline has nothing to do with story :(

  • Michael Hampton

    The headline is perfectly matched to the story. Perhaps you’re thinking of another post? :) Google it…

  • Julian (a Vietnam Vet)

    There is more to this story than you have written. I have done a thorough research of this and your take is one sided. I believe this type of reporting is intentionally inflammatory. Am I correct?

    Talk about propaganda to advance a cause, this is it.

  • Stephen Gordon

    Julian,

    What’s the other side? Got a link or something?

  • Stephen Gordon

    SVD,

    The whole point is that it is the opposite of the story.

  • http://libertarianyouth.blogspot.com Nigel Watt

    I would like to hear another side, just for the preservation of some level of optimism…

  • graham

    Also dont forget, Lee Greenwood songs must only be sung in English.

  • david sansregret

    The problem with the united states, especially with the republicans, is they do not like differences…If you do not think the same way, you’re out of the game…This is dangerous, especially that USA are the leader of the world…By saying the above i am automatically declared paranoid, dangerous to the security of the country, etc, etc… I guess we should you use “propaganda” against propaganda…I am not a citizen of the land of the free but i beg you libertarians to build institutes that would declare republicans schizos, paranoids, etc etc…Because more and more you’ll see “white people” terrorists, not only muslims…

    Best regards.

  • CLS

    I’m starting to wonder why we even bother with the debate. We should just adopt a one party system, pass the enabling act and then we can seig heil and goosestep ourselves all the way to hell. The path, after all, was paved with good intentions.

  • Mike R

    David,

    I agree with you that republicans do not like differences. If you do not think the same way, you’re out of the game.

    The same can be said for Democrats. Check out DailyKos if you have any doubt when it comes to the second amendment or property rights.

    The same can be said for Libertarians. Check out the debate between purists, pledgers, pragmatists, etc.

    All of the parties, major and minor, have a hardcore base. They know they are right, and will not debate. They need not back up their opinion for the same reason. Often, what they observe in small circles or regions, they project as proof a certain philosophy is viable nationally, or internationally. Communism is not always bad, but it is much different in a tribe than as a whole nation. Is the same true for anarchy and spontaneous governmental contractual systems?

  • Stephen VanDyke

    Mike, part of the reason I’m libertarian is because it’s the only party that makes me think about what I believe in when confronted with choices. It’s the only party that believes 99.9% of the time, I can handle those choices of my own responsibility.

  • jackson jay

    YO! LIBERTARIANS! THIS IS ABOUT OUR FREEDOM. THERE NEEDS TO BE A UNITED FRONT TO DEFEND THE FIRST AMENDMENT. THE ONLY PEOPLE I SEE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN FREEDOM ARE LIBERTARIANS, “EXTREME RIGHTISTS” AND “EXTREME LEFTISTS”. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SEEM HELL-BENT UPON REGIME CHANGE AND ABOLISHING THE CONSTITUTION. IS THERE ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH THIS WHO CAN BRING PEACE AND FREEDOM TO AMERICA? AT FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE COMMUNISTS, BUT I AM NOT A COMMUNIST, BUT I AM NEVERTHELESS SPEAKING UP AND SAYING “FREE CAROL FISHER”!!!

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