Free speech in the USA, the Bush-McCain way

This video from the USA is called John McCain kicks librarian out of town hall event.

From Peek blog in the USA:

Woman Arrested at McCain Event for “McCain=Bush” Sign

Posted by Lindsay Beyerstein, Majikthise at 5:46 PM on July 7, 2008.

61-year-old librarian single-handedly proves that McCain=Bush.

A 61-year-old librarian was ejected from an ostensibly public McCain campaign event at the Denver Center of Performing Arts in Denver, CO on June 7 because she was brandishing a deadly memetic weapon: a hand-lettered sign that read “McCain=Bush.”

Carol Kreck was standing outside the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, which is located on city property. When she was asked to either discard the sign or get out, Ms. Kreck objected that she was standing on city property. She was lead away by police officers and subsequently ticketed for trespassing. As she was being removed, Kreck asked if was being arrested. The officer answered, “Yes.” (Approximately 1:03 into the video.)

Carol Kreck, QED. McCain=Bush.

As ThinkProgress notes: “McCain has apparently taken a page from the Bush playbook. In 2005, the White House had three activists expelled from a Denver public forum with President Bush because it was the administration’s policy “to exclude potentially disruptive guests from Bush’s appearances nationwide.””

See also here.

Though John McCain voted for the George W. Bush administration 95 times out of 100, now he apparently dislikes to be compared to Bush.

Bush-McCain hug

Like any other individual, John McCain is entitled to his likes and dislikes, a bit strange as they may be in this case.

However, those likes and dislikes should not have any influence on police behaviour, and should not curtail free speech on public property outside a public meeting.

[McCain ally] Hagee’s Revenge? Videos Of Controversial Pastor Removed From YouTube: here. And here.

Killing Iranian Civilians Isn’t Hilarious, Senator McCain: here.

US police against anti-imperialist bumper stickers: here.

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