This is the video of an arrest of a member of Occupy Fort Worth this past week. The most repulsive part of the event/video is when the police officer hits our friend with the American flag and then claims that our friend hit him with the flag. The police officer acts in a fit of anger and rage, obviously just losing his temper and acting violently. The problem is he has the license to act violently. Near the end of the video another of our friends can be heard saying “America is not a police state. You’re (referring to the police) on the wrong side of history.”
My question is, going back to the pledge of allegiance, does the American flag stand for the republic any longer? When peaceful protesters are physically abused by police in America WITH the American flag, no less, a symbol of the freedoms that give us all a right to peacefully assemble and protest and a symbol that we live under the rule of law. When the police use the flag to physically abuse the citizens, that rule of law does indeed seem to have disappeared and we do indeed seem to be living in a police state.
We have politicians who would like us to live under martial law and to create a police state. This is why provisions in the Defense Authorization Act do away with due process, even for American citizens and make it easy for the government to classify as terrorists just about anyone they need to, well, hit over the head with the American flag.
This is why I am heading out the door to Houston to Occupy the port today at 1 p.m. As seems the course so often in our American history, Occupy gives us a moment for moral decision, to decide for good or evil. Not to make the rich evil, but to decide if the cause of justice and equity and fairness is good and unfairness, injustice and inequity is evil or if the status quo is something with which we can abide.
“Once to Every Soul and Nation” – words by James Russell Lowell
Once to every soul and nation comes the moment to decide,
in the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side:
then to stand with truth is noble, when we share its wretched crust;
ere that cause bring fame and profit and ’tis prosperous to be just.
Though the cause of evil prosper, yet ’tis truth alone is strong;
though its portion be the scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong.
Then it is the brave one chooses, while the coward stands aside,
till the multitude make virtue of the faith they have denied.