Someone needs to rush a copy of the Bill of Rights – preferably a large-type edition – to the White House, and quick!
I seem to recall learning something in elementary school, fourth grade probably, about the rights of the people, and how our most important rights were contained in the first Amendment of the Bill of Rights. After reading Attytood, I began to think Mrs. Brink's civics lessons had all been a dream. We hadn't really been forced to memorize it, I didn't get a 98 on the test, nor did I spend a week writing an essay on 'What the Bill of Rights Means To Me".
Apparently, the people at Attytood must have thought the same after listening to CNN's correspondents call a protester's actions a 'shame' and a 'blemish' on the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao.
The fact that these highly-paid talking heads don't even recognize the irony of a protester being yanked by the Secret Service just after the President tells Hu that China can become even more successful by allowing the same freedoms guaranteed Americans by the Bill of Rights…. It's simply staggering.
At an outdoor ceremony, Bush told Hu:
China has become successful because the Chinese people are experience the freedom to buy, and to sell, and to produce — and China can grow even more successful by allowing the Chinese people the freedom to assemble, to speak freely, and to worship.
Seconds later, one of the people assembled on the White House south lawn actually tried to speak freely right here in America — about both the lack of free speech and religious freedom in China.
That free-speaking woman was promptly hauled off and arrested:
She shouted in heavily accented English, "President Bush: Stop him from killing" and, "President Bush, stop him from persecuting the Falun Gong."
Bush, standing next to Hu, leaned over and whispered a comment to the Chinese leader, who paused briefly when the shouting began and then resumed his remarks.
The protester was waving a banner with the red and yellow colors used by Falun Gong, a banned religious movement in China. She kept shouting for several minutes before Secret Service uniformed agents were able to make their way to her position at the top of the camera stand. They dragged her off the stand.
A photographer who was standing next to the protester tried momentarily to quiet her by putting his hand in front of her mouth.
Turns out, that time in fourth grade wasn't a dream after all. A quick search of Google turned up this from law.cornell.edu:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Welcome to Amerika.