According to ProgressNowAction, that pesky First Amendment interfered with one of Sen. John McCain’s supposedly public town hall meetings:
On orders from McCain’s security detail, Denver police escorted a 61-year-old woman away who was waiting in line to attend a so-called town hall meeting with McCain that was billed as open to the public.
The incident was captured on videotape and posted on YouTube:
Ed Brayton at the excellent blog Dispatches from the Culture Wars has a post on it as well.
So here’s what I’d like to propose: We need to teach those folks who would bully 61-year-old ladies into giving up their constitutionally protected free speech rights as to just what the First Amendment is all about. So next time McCain comes to your town, convince your Mom to hold up a similarly worded sign. When the security thugs enlist the local police force, you tell your Mom that defense of the First Amendment is worth getting arrested for. Tell her it would make her the bestest Mom ever. You know she’d do it if you ask. Moms are like that. I know my mother plans to be there. Just as soon as I ask her.
Lauri in York