Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Disturbing Microcosm of Tyranny At City Council Meeting Causes Outrage

In a disturbing microcosm of tyranny, this story is a good example of those who view themselves as having powers above and beyond those granted by the U.S. Constitution. Abuse of power is running rampant all across America primarily because those who wield it are corrupt.

In this example, a priest who's been attending hearings the past five years at the Pensacola City  Council in Florida, was making a very calm intelligent case for the council's violation of the First Amendment.  Near the end when the priest called their actions "a sick and gross abuse of power", those particular words set off Council President Sam Hall.

A disturbing microcosm of tyranny at a city council meeting.  Near the end of the priest's statements one of the female council members expresses anger and leaves the chamber. 

At last night’s meeting, Monk told the council they had no right to dictate the content of their speech, and suggested that they instead examine any actions by the city that would prompt such comparisons.
“As Americans, we have the right to redress our government without fear of being arrested,” he said. “Whether or not they’re connecting dots from Hitler to George Wallace to Barney … you should be asking, ‘well what are we doing that’s allowing people to connect those dots?’ It was a sick and gross abuse of power.”

Council President Hall interrupted Monk at that point. “Your time is up, sit down,” he said. “No, I have a minute and 12 seconds left,” Monk said, looking at the timer at the speaker’s lectern. “I’m ruling you out of order,” Council Urges Civility, Threatens Priest With Arrest -

In the video, note the tone and nature of the council member's order to the priest, as if he's some kind of king talking to his slave.  The police should not have obeyed the council member's request to remove the priest from the podium.  When you have corrupt officials in government they have no concerns for the U.S. Constitution and will arrest anyone who they feel threatens their power.