Monday, October 28, 2013

Video clip of the day

On October 26th, folks from across the political spectrum gathered in Washington D.C. for an anti-NSA demonstration "Stop Watching Us" to protest the domestic spying program of that federal agency. was on the scene and this is what they saw:

(video approx. 3-1/2 minutes long)

Some observations:

Can't get any more prominent than ol' Mr. Bobblehead that makes his first appearance at 0:17 but are mocking caricatures of our Presidents once again protected under the 1st amendment? Yeah, yeah, it was always protected but the shrieking howls of indignation we've heard in the past from some more thin-skinned quarters tended to give us pause.

Since right to privacy is an existential one, the "I have nothing to hide" argument is pretty lame. It simply doesn't matter whether you do or you don't. It's your privacy. Besides, that determination for what you may/may not feel is worthy of hiding is not really in your hands, now is it.

Jazz Shaw has a nice piece here at Hot Air on the participation litmus tests for broad civil libertarian demonstrations such as this. It boggles our mind that some folks (and you know who they are) refuse to join up because others in this more-or-less one-off movement don't measure up ideologically. We're not really sure if there is an issue of greater importance to a free Republic than the abuse and potential abuse of power by the central/federal government. We suppose, then, that we will have to be enlightened.


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