Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Protester Stripped Of First Amendment Right At "Open" McCain Event

Carol Kreck went to a John McCain townhall yesterday believing that it was open to the public. As a member of the public, she is afforded certain rights, like the First Amendment. Unfortunately this event wasn't truly open, it was only for his supporters because when she brought a sign that said "McCain=Bush" she was shown the door.

From Progress Now Action:

DENVER, Colo.-On orders from Senator John McCain's security detail, Denver police escorted a 61-year-old woman away who was waiting in line to attend a so-called town hall meeting with McCain that was billed as open to the public.

Carol Kreck, who works as a librarian in Denver, held a homemade sign reading "McCain = Bush." On orders from McCain's security detail, police cited her for trespassing and escorted her to the sidewalk. She was told if she returned she would be arrested.

"And all I did was carry a sign that said McCain = Bush," Kreck said. "And for everyone who voted for Bush, I don't see why it's offensive to say McCain = Bush."

This episode by McCain's Secret Service appears to be a rerun of McCain's 2005 town hall in Denver with President Bush in which the Secret Service had three Denver citizens removed from an "open" event where McCain was campaigning with Pres. Bush for his plan to privatize social security.

Carol was right in more ways than she thought. Apparently the right to free speech and assembly are not welcome when John McCain is near. Under President McCain, you can look forward to more "First Amendment Zones" and favorably-packed audiences wherever he goes. Not only is McCain taking Bush's horrific policies with him, but the elaborate smoke and mirror set as well.