indeed, chris, the corporate sponsored mainstream media ignores the demonstrations as if the concerns of "regular" people are not in the least news worthy. that's proof in my mind that the self-appointed "elites" do fear the growing anger and mounting dissatisfaction among the citizenry. just this past week a team of democracy NOW! reporters joined you and other demonstrators in the jail house. this from friday's transcript:
CHARINA NADURA: —I was holding my microphone, and Juan Carlos was holding the camera. And we were—we had our badges on our neck, and we kept saying, "Press!"
Press! First Amendment rights! First Amendment rights!
And as we were saying this, they didn’t care. They grabbed the camera off Juan Carlos’ hand, and they grabbed the microphone off my hand, and they slammed us on the ground. And they said,
"You can’t film here. You can’t film here."
POLICE OFFICER 3: You have to move back.
did corporate-owned propagandists calling themselves journalists mention this first amendment violation against their own profession? nope--not one word! let's make one thing perfectly clear. each and every one of us has the constitutional first amendment guarantee allowing us to speak out, redress grievances and report misconduct or write an opinion. in other words an official press card, issued by the state, is not required.
well, like the song says, "the revolution will not be televised!" the police who make these arrests protect their paymasters while willfully denying fellow citizens our rights. in reality it is the militarized police, not the protestors, who are "disobedient" to constitutional law. just as ms. nadura called out to the arresting officers, "Press! First Amendment rights! First Amendment rights!", demonstrators must declare to the offending police that your actions are unconstitutional. we have veterans for peace and veterans against the war, so why not conscientious police officers realizing they've acted against true democracy and joining with the crowd?
yes, we need to promote a revolution of peaceful resistance and not allow our sense of frustration and anger to temp us into responding to the imperial state's violence with violence. after all, the state has us out-gunned in every way. however, be prepared because many--as the trump campaign proves--will not control their anger--and that could start a civil war right here. at the same time, however, others of us can create co-ops to begin the healing process, bring in democratic reform right under their noses!