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that's funny

That's funny, cops wringing their hands going "You know, we respect your right to protest but we're gonna have to bill all your friends and neighbors for this."

Classic passive-aggressive divide-and-conquer tactic, trying to turn the rest of the public against the protesters, like it's the protesters who extort.. Im sorry, "levy taxes upon".. the public. Or the protesters who decide how many $MILLIONS to spend on overpriced riot gear, Lexan shields, kevlar vests.. please!

I filmed the blockade at the recruiters' office in Capitola a few weeks ago. A dozen riot cops in full combat dress to arrest a handful of old hippies singing "We shall overcome"?

No, I'm sorry, that was silly. You didn't to spend 1/3 that much money - you CHOOSE to, because it's fun to have toys, and no doubt somebody has buddies at (or stock in) DefenseTek and Shomer and Armor Holdings, and because *you're not spending your own money anyway, you're spending what you take from us, and you're obviously not very responsible with it*.

Besides.. if govt would stop spending so much money on their puritanical "war on drugs" - a COMPLETE travesty of justice - they could do their stormtrooper act and STILL tax us less.

Furthermore, telling us he supports free speech is nice and all, but irrelevant. This isn't about free speech anymore!

Blocking doorsways and freeways and intersections is about taking matters into our own hands and applying force to create change because *the system isn't working*.

He claims innocent people are being inconvenienced. That's what the public wants to hear.. "we're innocent, we're victims, we don't deserve this, defend us and make our lives easy again."

John Q. Public, I got news for you.

A military does not, cannot, operate without the support of its civilians. Every military *needs* cooks and mechanics and filing clerks and radar operators - the military machine falls apart without these non-combat personnel.

Likewise, a military cannot operate without an economic base. THAT'S YOU!

You're not exactly living in a free country anymore, but neither are you in galley chains. You support this military with your taxes. Under duress, perhaps, but still - you DO IT, and you CHOOSE to do it for your own benefit (even if only to keep from being punished by your masters).

John Q. Public, I hate to tell you but you ARE complicit in this war. It's the dirty little secret of every military operation that even civilians *are a part of the war effort* in any society where the military lives off of the backs of the public through forced taxation.

During WWII the public was encouraged to do their part to support the war effort. "If you drive alone, you're driving with Hitler".. remember that poster?

Gasoline conservation, women finally allowed out of the kitchen and into factory labor jobs, everybody trying to work harder and faster no matter what their job was, because one way or another if America as a whole was more productive, it benefitted the soldiers in Europe fighting against Germany.

But that logic goes both ways, baby.

When your leaders in Washington turn to conquerers, and your nation goes into empire building, and the military is off raiding and pillaging a foreign country over a combination of paranoid we've-gotta-get-them-before-they-get-us extrapolations, and sheer oil piracy..

So long as you're paying taxes to Washington, you ARE supporting piracy and murder.

It's not a pleasant situation, and there's no easy way out.
There's no simple answer or quick fix. This is where we are, because this is the situation we've allowed ourselves to slide into.

To Mr. Chief-of-Police in Capitola,

Your points on free speech are, of course, correct. But they are also *irrelevant*! This is not about free speech, because free speech has failed. Checks and balances have failed. The Constitution, our nation's highest law, has failed. Common decency and common sense have failed.

This is about applying force to choke off the money machine that is fueling an unjustified war. A machine that clearly cannot be stopped any other way.

And don't get self-righteous on me about how force is inferior to reason and diplomacy. You make a living at using nothing BUT force.


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