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Man Banned From D.C. For Protesting Obama Inauguration

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 24, 2013 @ 12:10 pm In The Point | 12 Comments


Obama Inc. has chosen to go after the Second Amendment, why not the first as well? It’s open fire season on the Bill of Rights.

Rives Miller Grogan, an anti-abortion protester, climbed a tree to protest during the inauguration of Obama 2.0. And the police didn’t have much luck getting him down [2].

Police said that they tried to talk Grogan out of the tree before Monday’s ceremony began, and then turned to the fire department for a ladder. The fire department’s truck couldn’t fit through the security barricades, and Grogan climbed higher when police brought their own ladder.

Officer Shennell S. Antrobus, a U.S. Capitol Police spokesman, said officials decided to leave Grogan in the tree until after the swearing in to avoid disruptions. Police said he came down on his own after five hours.

So naturally he’s been charged with doing a bunch of things that he didn’t do. And he was barred from Washington D.C [3].

The California man who climbed a 40-foot tree and screamed anti-abortion slogans during President Obama’s inauguration ceremony reportedly has been banned from the nation’s capital.

According to WTOP, a D.C. Superior Court judge told 47-year-old Rives Miller Grogan that he was no longer allowed in the District except to return for his next hearing on Feb. 25.

That’s one way to keep someone from protesting in D.C. Ban him from the entire city. And an important point to be made here [4] is that…

Who wants to bet me that Mr. Grogan would be in the same boat if he’d been agitating for gay “marriage.” Or gun control?

I recall a high school history teacher describing a Soviet practice that declared dissidents “Minus 1″, meaning they couldn’t enter the city of Moscow. Or “Minus 10″, which banished them from the 10 largest cities in Stalin’s Workers’ Paradise. “Minus 50″ effectively gave you a one-way ticket to Siberia.

Obama’s Amerika has it’s first “Minus 1″ dissident.

I’d like to imagine that if George Bush had declared a protester, Cindy Sheehan perhaps?, as persona non grata in our nation’s capital it just might have made the evening news.

Not all protests are created equal. Nor are the civil rights of all people equal.

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[2] have much luck getting him down: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/police-charge-tree-climbing-protester-from-inauguration/2013/01/22/663477e8-64cb-11e2-b84d-21c7b65985ee_story.html

[3] he was barred from Washington D.C: http://washingtonexaminer.com/the-blotter-for-jan.-24/article/2519532#.UQFUQqJEGIA

[4] an important point to be made here: http://wyblog.us/blog/news/dissident-banished-whos-next.html

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