Coppermine wrote:He never should have been asked to leave in my opinion.
Depends on your definition of acceptable behavior. His behavior up to the microphone being cut off was unacceptable in many people's opinion. He cut Kerry off several times, kept repeating the same things, used terminology that generally is unacceptable, and just didn't have any manners or dignity whatsoever. The crowd even clapped when the police started to escort him out. If the university thought his behavior was unacceptable, they have every right to remove him. Having free speech does not mean there is no code of conduct.
Coppermine wrote: The part that upsets me is the Kerry didn't do a damn thing. Way to be another big 'P' democrat Kerry; exactly the point this student was trying to make. It would have been a good opportunity to practice what he preaches about how George W. tramples on our rights and freedoms and how things would be so much better if he were president.
I'm not a fan of Kerry at all, but I thought he handled it quite well. He tried to diffuse the situation and even told the officers that he wanted to answer the boy's "important questions". What was Kerry supposed to do? Step off the stage, come face to face with the officers, and stick his nose into something that he might not know all the details about (for all Kerry knew, this kid could have been escorted out for a totally unrelated problem)? Imagine those headlines: "Kerry demands to be allowed to answer drug dealer's questions!" Just as a possible example of how Kerry could have looked like a fool by sticking his nose into something he might not have all the details about. That's asking and expecting quite a bit.
Coppermine wrote:He had a right to ask his questions. I'm sorry, but if the student was allowed to just continue, this wouldn't even be news.
Agreed. The boy did have the right to ask his questions. I don't disagree with that at all. Shame no one taught him how to do that in with a touch of dignity and self respect.
And I agree the police were quick to get their hands on him. Went from cutting the mic to hands on very quickly. Too quickly. Another 20-30 seconds and either this would have been a total non-story, or the situation would have escalated (and due to the kid's behavior, that's not far-fetched at all) and there would be zero doubt for anyone that the kid deserved to be removed due to his inappropriate behavior. We'll never know which way it would have gone.
Yes doctor, I am sick.
Sick of those who are spineless.
Sick of those who feel self-entitled.
Sick of those who are hypocrites.
Yes doctor, an army is forming.
Yes doctor, there will be a war.
Yes doctor, there will be blood.....