Peace groups preparing to protest the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis are being subjected to grotesque abuse of power by the police there. Honestly, I don’t know how many times this is going to happen before you hear about it on the evening news. I’m not sure you ever will. That’s why I have to pass this on to you, in the hopes that it might cause you to recognize the police as what they are: thugs. Don’t believe the hype that they sold you during your D.A.R.E. classes in elementary school. The policeman is not your friend. Just ask the “peaceful kids” who live in the “hippie house” that was raided:
In the house that had just been raided, those inside described how a team of roughly 25 officers had barged into their homes with masks and black swat gear, holding large semi-automatic rifles, and ordered them to lie on the floor, where they were handcuffed and ordered not to move. The officers refused to state why they were there and, until the very end, refused to show whether they had a search warrant. They were forced to remain on the floor for 45 minutes while the officers took away the laptops, computers, individual journals, and political materials kept in the house.Glenn Greenwald
As you sit at home on this national holiday, do yourself a favor and take a moment to read the full coverage over at BoingBoing. This is happening in our land of the free, our home of the brave. Excessive police action was taken at both major political party conventions in the last week. Our police state is so pervasive that I had to add a new category to this site called just that. The acceptance of police oppression must stop, but it cannot be stopped until you and me, Mr. and Mrs. America, demand that it stop.
Why haven’t we seen this in the mainstream media, specifically television news? Why haven’t we heard about this from the candidates? These are the questions you should be asking yourself and your elected representatives each and every day.
Happy Labor Day!