Monday, August 25, 2008

News: On Hyperbole (or, "Why I Still Love America"), Part 2

The Democratic National Convention is imminent, and and some have called the designated protest area a "freedom cage."

While I agree that perhaps a closer venue could have been constructed, compare what's happening in Denver to the recently completed Beijing Olympics. In China, the government had several designated protest sites - and then denied the applications of everyone who tried to use them. Heck, it even sent people to prison for daring to apply - sort of a sting operation on free speech.

The RNC location is closer, though still behind fencing. Few complaints from protesters there. I suppose allowing some 25,000 people to congregate across the street from half the government of the United States seems pretty fair.

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