Friday, April 21, 2006

Out Of Sight ... Out Of Mind

Wen Yi Wang, a 47 year old physician, was arrested for "harassing a foreign official" on the White House lawn during a welcoming ceremony for Chinese President Hu Jintao. Wang claims she had not committed a crime, only an act of civil disobedience by verbally demonstrating her discontent with the Chinese President during a Presidential ceremony. I would tend to agree with Wang, but unfortunately the freedom of speech only seems to apply when the presidential figures are not within earshot. In case you didn't know, (currently) it is also common practice for protesters of any kind to be removed from any location and route of travel the presidential entourage traverses. I suppose the pres only wants to hear our opinions from our elected congressional representatives that can be bought, manipulated, and coerced ... why would they ever want to hear it directly from actual voters who put them there to begin with?


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