Thursday, September 20, 2007
Kerry and dickheads and Tasers, oh my!
Some readers are none too pleased with my professed lack of sympathy with carefully-choreographed Taser victim Andrew Meyer, so let me clarify my position.
Did Meyer really deserve to get Tasered for what he did? Probably not. Did the cops over-react? Probably. Am I shedding any tears over Meyer's beatdown at the hands of some of UF's finest? I slept just fine last night, thanks.
See, there's a difference between accepting that someone is "technically" in the right, while still being willing to suggest that they really, really had it coming to them.
If you walk into your neighbourhood biker bar with a t-shirt that reads, "Harley riders suck dick," well, that is your right, of course. Free speech, free expression, that sort of thing. And when they find you out in the parking lot later with a exhaust pipe inserted where it wouldn't do you the least bit of good, you can argue all you want about how that was your "right" and, hey, I'd be the first one to technically agree with you while pointing out that what you did was seriously boneheaded and I just can't feel a whole lot sorry.
Similarly, I couldn't possibly argue that Meyer had every constitutional right to yap his face off the way he did. But when you're being escorted out by four burly law enforcement officials, at least one of whom has 50,000 volts strapped to his holster, then it's a really bad idea to be physically fighting back in support of those constitutional rights. At times like that, you go quietly and argue your case later at a safe distance from big guys with blunt objects that they can whap you or electrocute you with.
There's being "right," and there's being "stupid." And, sometimes, being right just isn't enough of a defense for being stupid.