This week the SCOTUS is going to decide whether or not to hear a lawsuit from Steven Howards. If you recall, as I do, Howards was the idiot that saw (then) Vice-President Cheney in a Colorado shopping center and approached him and gave him a piece of his mind (apparently the only piece he had remaining) on his disgust with the war in Iraq. During the confrontation Howards either touched, grabbed or shoved the VP on the shoulder – accounts vary. As a result, Howards was arrested and detained by the Secret Service detail. Originally Howards was charged with assault, but it was later downgraded to harassment, a misdemeanor which was later dropped by the local prosecutor and not pursued by the federal prosecutor.
Now, originally the Secret Service detail did not think this was an incident to warrant an arrest, but the fact that they overheard a cell phone call from Howards saying that he was going to ask Cheney “how many kids he killed today”, and the actual confrontation included ‘touching’ the VP, the Secret Service detained and interviewed Howards. Howards denied the ‘touching’ and used the interview to rail on against the war in Iraq and the administration. That is when he was arrested and charged with assault.
Shortly thereafter, all charges were dropped. Howards then filed a civil rights lawsuit. He claimed that he was only arrested for speaking out and that the government was trying to make it easier to arrest and detain people for speech. He also laments that his son, who was with him, saw him arrested and taken away in handcuffs.
A few thoughts on this. First – this Steven Howards is one colossal moron, and I only say that because I don’t want to call him a fucking idiot. What sort of dumbass blatantly confronts the Vice President of the United States of America, in a shopping center, and starts to rant against the war? I think I know……Steven Howards is an ‘environmental consultant,’ a job title that, to me indicates that he isn’t to firmly anchored to reality……. he is a ‘greenie.’ What he did was just stupid. If you don’t agree with governmental policy, then protest it with all of your like- minded whackos, like those in the OWS movement…..but don’t confront an individual in a public place and start your shit. And DO NOT touch or or even act like you MIGHT touch ANY President or Vice President unless you want to be led away in chains (or worse) …..everybody knows that. A bit of free advice, as well – if you want to make an ass of yourself, don’t take your eight year old child with you and then lament that your own actions enabled the boy to see you led away in cuffs. Howards may be a chronological adult, but he is a mental infant; actions have consequences and Howards paid them.
And if Howards only ‘thinks’ that the government is trying to make it easy for law enforcement to detain Americans for speech, he hasn’t been keeping up with current events. Last week the Senate passed a bill that, if reconciled with the House version and signed by the Teleprompter of the United States (TOTUS), will make it possible for the MILITARY to detain US citizens; to arrest them right here in the homeland, hold them without charging them and hold them without trial, indefinitely (Senate Bill 1867). I’d say Howards could bitch about something else, something more important than being arrested, charged with a misdemeanor that was not even brought to trial……he could bitch about something real…..like say, this government’s increasingly public efforts to turn this country into a dictatorship.
When I say that, about the dictatorship, I don’t say it lightly. This nation is in decline; you know it, and I know it….and sadly the world knows it. The Obama generation of malcontents is carrying the day right now and the Steve Howards are part of that. Our founders knew that this could happen if what we now call progressivism was allowed to take root in this country, and it has. In a single administration we have gone from vigorously preventing the military a hand in domestic law enforcement, to wanting to sign that ability into law. Sound like a republic to you? Not to me.
When my brother was a kid, he and a friend were walking home from a pizza joint at night. We lived in a small town, where at the time not a damned thing ever happened. A police car pulled up to the curb, a cop jumped out and put him and his friend in the back seat and drove off. While driving then to the new location the police officer said that they were being detained in suspicion of involvement in an assault. My brother was in the 4th grade and he was terrified. The police pulled up in front of a house and a father and his son walked out. The boy looked in the window at my brother and his friend and said to the police officer, ‘No, it’s not them.’ When the policeman got back in the car he apologized and drove then home. When my brother told our parents what had happened, my dad asked if he had done anything wrong, and he replied ‘No, he had not.’ That was the end of it. Back then.
I find it ironically tragic that much of the youth of this nation, and people like Steven Howard, are idiots that dodged all sort of honorable responsibility, are railing against all of the things that have made this nation great, and paying no attention to the efforts to destroy this country from within. People like Howard will vote for Obama next year, because of the promises he makes to the ‘green sector,’ because of the handouts, and they will IGNORE the fact that Obama is enslaving them, will IGNORE the hypocrisy of what our government says and then does. If Howard thinks a few hours in a cell for being an idiot is bad……he should just wait until an Army captain and a platoon of infantry soldiers show up at his front door.