Bad Taste and Disrespect for the Office of the Presidency
That's how I look at it.
The Bush-haters, feel otherwise. Any surprise there? The fringe left moonbats have a history of abusing their First Amendment priveleges for the purpose of trampling and shouting down views that collide with their own belief system. They lack class and decency and pat themselves on the back while showing their intolerance for dissenting views. cindy Sheehan was in violation of a policy against demonstrations inside the Chamber.
Why are the Sheehan supporters so outraged by it? No Administration would have put up with it.
According to Michael Moore's website,
"A civil suit will be filed against the federal government first thing tomorrow morning for violation of first amendment rights."
What utter stuff and nonsense. According to the AP report:
"Schneider said Sheehan had worn a T-shirt with an anti-war slogan to the speech and covered it up until she took her seat. Police warned her that such displays were not allowed, but she did not respond, the spokeswoman said."
And the Washington Post adds:
"She was also boisterous, according to U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer, and after she ignored instructions to close her jacket and quiet down, she was escorted out and arrested. Demonstrating in the House gallery is prohibited."
An update can be found in the comments section, thanks to the visit of an anon Kos Kid.
Update II: I'm not on my computer much today, but I just took a visit over at Sister Toldjah, and she has the best round up I've seen. Including this from Balloon Juice:
"Sorry to disappoint the Bush haters, but any and all kinds of sloganeering or demonstrating is strictly forbidden in the Capitol. A few of my friends and I once tried to have take a group picture (after a rally that had a permit ended) with the building in the background and were shooed away by the Capital Police for violating the rule merely by havign signs in our possession on the steps. As that happened in 1988 (when the other party controlled the Congress), I doubt George W. Bush had anything to do with it."
This appears to be the law in question.
Republican Bill Young's wife, wearing a pro-troop t-shirt, was also "ejected". So the police were equal opportunity enforcers of the law.
UPDATE III- Michael Medved will have on as guest, Lynn Woolsey, the California Democrat Representative who gave Cindy the ticket. 3rd hour.
UPDATE IV- Well...Congresswoman Woolsey made a very brief appearance on the Michael Medved Show (listen to the audio here) and....all I can say is, if this woman can be a member of Congress, then it's no wonder Cindy Sheehan thinks it's possible to run for office, herself. Lynn Woolsey is asbsolutely clueless on everything. No joke. No hyperbole. I think the Kos Kids have more intelligence and more sense than this California Rep.
Speaking of Kos readers, these two posts are interesting as well.
The Capitol police don't work for the President; they work for Congress. It's ridiculous to conclude that President Bush is being a dictator because of the removal of Cindy Sheehan (and Beverly Young). But I am mystified by the Capitol Police official saying they "screwed up" and that Sheehan didn't "violate any rules or laws" and that "officers should never have approached Young."
And from the AP update:
“The officers made a good faith, but mistaken effort to enforce an old unwritten interpretation of the prohibitions about demonstrating in the Capitol,” Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer said in a statement late Wednesday.
“The policy and procedures were too vague,” he added. “The failure to adequately prepare the officers is mine.”
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