You Have the Right to Show Me Your ID

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This video shows just how through the looking glass things are in this once fairly-free country.

A man is walking along the road – a public road – when a “hero” accosts him and begins demanding ID. The man is not drunk or confrontational. He is articulate and calm. He states that he is walking home.

The “hero” concedes that the man has not done anything to suggest he has committed or may be about to commit a crime. But says that it is “suspicious” that the man declines to ID himself and submit to an interrogation.

The “hero” then states that the man has “the right to show me your ID.” When the man continues to assert his right to be left alone, to not be treated like an East German prole by a Stasi thug, he is arrested.

In the minds (such as they are) of these costumed cretins, anyone who doesn’t comply with their random demands is “escalating” the situation. A person who insist upon their right to be left in peace is “suspicious.”

To continue to refuse to comply with their random cretinous demands is “disorderly” and sufficient grounds to assault and cage the victim.

One thinks of Solzhenitsyn…

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

Few of us would tolerate being harassed – and them assaulted – by a random stranger. And most of us would agree that the victim of such an assault would be within is rights to defend himself.

What gives these costumed cretins the right to do what they do? And when will we re-assert our right to defend ourselves against them?

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