Monday, March 30, 2009

First Amendment First to Fall?

Tar and Feathers Alert

This is outrageous. Refusing the right to peacably assemble because too many may show up. What will they do if people show up anyway? Riot cops? Water Cannons? Arrest the usual suspects? Putting a limit on the number of people who can exercise their god given constitutionally protected right to peaceful protest!

If there's a Tea Party in your area get there. If it's canceled ASSEMBLE AND PROTEST ANYWAY! The assaults on our freedoms are coming much too fast now.

first from WINK News:

Cape "tea party" canceled; City fears too many attendees
By WINK News

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A tea party to protest government spending and taxing is
canceled. Canceled by the government.

Why? They feel too many people could show-up.

Lynn Rosko planned to hold a tax payer tea party at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral on April 1st. The idea was announced at a Cape Coral City Council meeting, then an e-mail blast by the Republican Party and it was mentioned in the local media.

With all of that attention, the City of Cape Coral felt there could be more than 500 people attending the tea party.

Therefore Rosko needed to get a permit and insurance for the event. Rosko says she's not willing to get insurance and accept liability for something that a stranger could do. Rosko told WINK News, "I have rescinded any organizing or supervision or what ever you want to call it over this tea party on April 1st." the rest

Now here's the h/t story from Stoptheaclu

Florida Gov’t Cancels Tea Party Fearing ‘Too Many Attendees’

Posted on March 29, 2009
-By Warner Todd Huston

Remember this report from our nation’s history?

CNN (Continental News Network) Boston, 1773: The city of Boston canceled a proposed protest over tea taxes today, citing the fear that too many people dressed as Indians would be gathered near the wharves. Organizers expressed sadness over the cancellation, but meekly returned to their homes fearful of upsetting the officers of the Crown. Taxmen breathed a sigh of relief as the tar and feathers were put away not to be used this day.

You don’t remember that pre-revolutionary history? I should say you shouldn’t, because it didn’t happen. But flash forward a few hundred years and you’ll find it is happening today in Cape Coral, Florida where city officials canceled a tax day tea party gathering because they “feel too many people could show-up.”

That’s right, folks, the God-given, long-held American right to assemble and protest the actions of our government has been canceled due to too much popularity of the protest.

And what does it come down to? Money. You see, the city officials want an insurance policy taken out so that organizers can cover any loss that might occur as a result of the rally. And those insurance policies cost hundreds of dollars.

The tea party organizers of Cape Coral, though, aren’t the only ones to find this restriction of their free speech and rights to assemble. Tea party organizers all across the country have begun to find out just how difficult, if not impossible, it is to be “allowed” to exercise their God-given right to speak their minds against government excess and criminality. City governments all across the country are charging fees for “permits,” forcing organizers to pay out huge sums for “insurance policies,” and binding tea party organizers in all sorts of government red tape.

In many instances, organizers are being told that they aren’t “allowed” to hold rallies on government property. Imagine that? We, the taxpayers of the city/state/federal government aren’t “allowed” to gather on property that our own taxes paid for.

And then there are the “permits” required to reserve the day, arrange the police protection, and clean up afterward. Often those “permits” can only be applied for at certain times a year, precluding any spontaneous assembly. Also, these “permits” can be denied with no reason stated quashing at birth any plan to exercise the right of assembly.

Here one might wonder how it is that we so often see those lefties appearing on our TV sets engaging in their many organized protests? Don’t the flotsam and jetsam of the far left seem to have large protests all the time? One might be drawn to imagine that the government is involved in some sort of grand conspiracy to allow those with anti-American sentiment, the moonbats of the left, to march with impunity. But, hold the tinfoil hats, won’t you? Because the wackjobs of anti-war ilk and the shrill, circus acts of the Code Pinkos are expected to cut through the same red tape the tea party organizers have been confronted with. The lefties are just better at it.

You see, contrary to popular conception, the far left has some deep-pocketed backers (your George Soros types, unions and even government funds) and a raft of organizations that do “protests” as a full time job. Their protest marches and rallies are far from spontaneously organized. These groups are thoroughly knowledgeable about the red tape and governmental hoops through which they must jump to carry off a successful protest assembly. After all, the hatemongers of the left are intimately intertwined with city governments all across the country. They understand what needs to be done because, by and large, city officials used to belong to, or belong still to the sorts of groups that plan lefty protests. Your new president is one of them. Being part of government, these leftie protest marchers help write the rules, being intimately associated with government they are quite well informed about what is required and how to get around or satisfy those rules.

But the obstacles are coming as a shock to the average citizens that love this country. For their whole lives peace-loving, work-a-day Americans have taken for granted that there exists the freedom to assemble completely unaware that those rights have been eliminated by stealth regulation by governments all across the land.

And now the folks in Cape Coral, Florida have learned their lesson.

Americans do not have the rights they always thought they did. There is no right to protest government. There is no right to assemble. The people have no rights at all to voice their displeasure. Shut up people. Go home. Nothing to see here. Go quietly back to your IPods and DVDs. Big daddy government will take care of you. The Obemmessiah will decide what’s best for you. Don’t worry your little heads. Oh, and thank you for your payments on April 15th.

Put away the tar and feathers, won’t you? There’s a nice fella.


Anonymous said...

Florida? The home of DisneyWorld? Universal Studios? And the primary concern is crowd control?

Liberals have such a sense of humor!

Just Cause said...

They might have cancelled it because they know I'm over in Florida soon and quite possibly could have got out of hand :-)

Anonymous said...

So get insurance and a permit. What's the problem?

Anonymous said...

I saw on another site (Freerepublic or LGF, don't remember which), that Freedomworks helped out with the insurance and that it was back on.

If they'd have asked, I would have contributed toward insurance, by the way.

But now I am confused - is it that the venue is too small or that they didn't have insurance? I guess it is "developing."


midnight rider said...

My understanding is it was too many people no insurance and the promoter didn't want to have to buy insurance against what someone else she had no control over might do.

Just Cause said...

Unbelieveable isn't it - our way of life is going to hell in a handbasket and they are more concerned about getting insurance and permits - just turn up!

Kinda reminds me a story I read recently about the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong in WW2. When the British ambassadors were instructed to fortify the defenses surrounding the golf club by the army they said it would have to be approved by the grounds committee! Weeks later it was over run.