(quoting Beavis …)
No doubt University of Florida police went overboard tasering a student who commandeered the mic at a town hall forum.
Still, I sorta enjoyed watching this spoiled brat suffer. The downside — we’ll have to endure his time in the media spotlight.
Clearly, the cops should be disciplined, if not fired. But let’s resist blanket declarations — removing disruptive protesters from a Congressional hearing, for one, is not an assault on free spech.
There are plenty of troubling examples, however, like the couple ejected from a Bush rally for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts. And "free speech zones" popularized by the major political parties are blatantly unconstitutional.
UPDATE: Alleged feminist Naomi Wolf — who famously advised Al Gore to wear more Earth tones — just published a ridiculous screed in which she called the tasering "a shocking moment for society."
It is an iconic turning point and it will be remembered as the moment at which America either fought back or yielded. This violence against a student is different from violence against protesters in the anti-war movement of 30 years ago because of the power the president has now to imprison innocent U.S. citizens for months in isolation. And because, as I have explained elsewhere, we are not now in a situation in which ‘the pendulum’ can easily swing back. That taser was directed at the body of a young man, but it is we ourselves, and our Constitution, who received the full force of the shock.
And the martrydom of Andrew Meyer begins.
For those inclined to grant Wolf some credibility, remember she posed for a glamour shot on the jacket of her book — "The Beauty Myth — that attacked media exploitation of women.