1. September, 2008 - relatively calm

Things have been relatively calm around my house. I stayed in most of yesterday, ignoring the news from St. Paul.

I should make it clear that I don’t agree with some of the tactics used by the protesters, and this would be an immense pain in the ass if I lived closer to downtown St. Paul, but I strongly support their right to gather peacefully. And it worries me that police have been arresting people who haven’t (yet) committed any crimes, charging them with “conspiracy.” And let’s be clear here, while there are almost certainly some who were planning to commit crimes, I thought that the rule was still that you were innocent until proven guilty in this country. As Gary Schiff said: This country is better than that. And why the police decided to steal a bus that’s been in town for almost a month completely baffles me.

I also want to be clear that this isn’t limited to the Twin Cities or the Republicans. The same sort of thing went on in Denver last week when the Democrats were there. Neither is getting a ton of national press. As is probably right, Hurrican Gustav is getting a lot of coverage.

Copyright 2009, Dave Polaschek. Last updated on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:02:10.