by John Hawkins | April 18, 2003 5:00 pm
That’s Not Patriotism, It’s Crossing The Line: Knuckleheads like this guy shouldn’t be defended by Conservatives…
“A Soldotna man who dumped buckets of cold water on war protesters and produced a video of it set to patriotic music pleaded not guilty to criminal harassment Thursday in Kenai.
…Webster, who has a son serving in the Marines in Iraq, admitted he poured buckets of water from the back of a passing pickup on women holding peace signs at Soldotna’s busiest intersection. He received a warning from Soldotna police the first time, then returned a week later with two buckets, video cameras rolling.
Ross (his lawyer) said Thursday that Webster was harmlessly expressing his free speech out of concern for a son in the war zone.
“The more people who protest the war like that, the more dangerous it is for the kids,” said Ross, who also has a son in the Marines in Iraq. “What does the state see in prosecuting someone whose son is fighting for the country?”
…His video, widely distributed via e-mail, shows several people holding signs on a curbside getting doused from a passing white pickup to the tune of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” As the water showers them, Greenwood sings, “I’m proud to be an American.”
I have been hammering the anti-war movement relentlessly for months so without question, I am no friend to anti-war protestors. That being said, reading about this guy trying to avoid taking responsibility for his actions by wrapping himself up in the flag makes me want to retch. Furthermore, claiming that throwing water on anti-war protestors is “free speech” is an asinine statement even for a lawyer. Trying to pass this sort of juvenile bullying off as “patriotism” and “free speech” is nothing less than disgraceful.
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