In the fall of 1969 while on the campus of the University of Maryland, my brother and I chose to attend a meeting we saw posted on a flier, which was being hosted by the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) and was being held in one of the university buildings right off the mall.
During the meeting, a representative of the Weatherman organization spoke as well. Their goal was to create a clandestine revolutionary party for the overthrow of the U.S.Government.
Needless to say, my brother and I were not there to plan the overthrow of the government.
However, it became clear about 6 months later when the campus exploded in violence after many students protesting the Vietnam War began occupying various university buildings and culminated when a group shut down both lanes of traffic (two lanes each way) going in and out of College Park, by piling old car tires about 5 feet high in all lanes, and set them on fire. It burned most of the night.
The police and National Guard showed up the next morning with tear gas and rubber bullets.They met resistance from many who were there to fight.
The campus was shut down for days.
While most of America was asleep about the carnage going on in Southeast Asia, many students risked life and limb to help wake them up.
Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew called us 'Bums.'
My mom and dad, who were lifelong Republicans began to wake up and realize their sons were standing for bringing an end to the mass murder in Vietnam.
I hope and pray that I never see that level of violence again, however, if this or any other administrations move to restrict the freedom of speech in this country, I will gladly join the ranks of those willing to stand up for that right.