Tiananmen Square Moment, Boston: It Never HappenedSubmitted by RobHino on Sat, 04/20/2013 - 20:41
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
http://youtu.be/qq8zFLIftGk (volume is loud, music is bad!)
I don't want to be a Monday morning quarterback, and hindsight is always 20/20, but there is a reason why people who are in positions as first responders, or military personnel, or police, or anyone who operates under intensely stressful and/or emergency situations, practice their work...so that in the time their skills are needed most, their actions become instinct and second nature.
We need that too in our fight for liberty.
The purpose of this post is not to chastise the victims of those responsible for the bombings in Boston, or the victims of the over reaction, over aggressiveness, and usurpitous actions committed by those in law enforcement who locked down the city of Boston and surrounding areas.
The purpose of this post is to question what could have been done by the citizens of Boston who felt threatened not by bombing suspects, but by armored personnel vehicles and soldiers patrolling their streets, searching their property, and restricting travel and basic day-to-day activities.
I hope a video surfaces of something like this:
As the street sweeps ensue, a house door opens.
A barefoot man in white shorts and a white t-shirt steps on to his porch. With both arms raised in the air, one is gripping a megaphone bullhorn.
He slowly walks to the edge of his porch, and he continues down his sidewalk to the street, making no sudden movements.
The loud speaker from the armored personnel vehicle, with the gun turret and happy trigger finger aimed directly at the unarmed man, says, "Stop! Do not move! Drop the megaphone, and get on the ground."
He begins to speak:
"My name is Bradley Manning, and I'm a resident of this neighborhood. I live in the house behind me, and I am unarmed. I repeat, I am unarmed. I do not have any weapons on me, nor am I a threat to any of you who are aiming your rifles at me, trespassing on my and my neighbors' properties, and violating the rights of the good people of this neighborhood."
"You are the threat here. Not me. I come in peace, while you come with force, with threats, and with weapons of war. You bring instability to this peaceful neighborhood. Not me. I ask that you leave, and go about searching for two suspects in a different way...in a way consistent with the ideas of the once free society from which this country was founded."
As he continued down the center of the street towards the armored vehicle, he continues, "What the hell do you people think you're doing?"
"Following orders? Keeping us safe? You are all pawns. Willfully violating the rights of millions of Bostonians, while you condition us to accept this sort of behavior by supposed peace keepers."
"What peace did you keep? What crime did you thwart? None. You did not prevent anything, but yet you're here in my neighborhood, making threats to me and my family, and my peaceful neighbors. You tell me to go inside. You tell me to keep my windows shut. You tell me to close my business. You tell me I can't walk my dog."
"That sounds like an act of terror to me...coerce me to act outside of my own interest while threatening me with jail time if I don't comply with your silly, ungrounded dictates."
"Neighbors. Neighbors. Neighbors, hear me, see me, be me. Come out and stand with me, or forfeit your right to be secure in your property and in your persons from this day forth. Officers, those that respect the law, put down your weapons, or lose the respect and trust of we who granted you the authority which you have now seemed to turn against us. We are not a threat to you. Who are you protecting with your tanks and with your guns affixed to my chest? Who are you serving? Certainly not my neighbors. Certainly not my family. Certainly not me."
"You want to arrest me for obstruction of justice or disorderly conduct? Here I stand. You want to shoot me because you lack the training and judgment to realize I'm not a threat? Here I stand. A free man. Unarmed. Making no threats, but rather standing here for my rights. For my family's right to eat a bowl of cereal without my kids being terrorized by gun wielding American soldiers peaking in my windows, for the rights of my neighbors who I've come to love and respect over the years. Here I stand."