commentary, philosophy, and outright rants

Bloomberg and free speech

Hizzonner of New York City, on September 2nd:

“It is true that a handful of people have tried to destroy our city by going up and yelling at visitors here because they don’t agree with their views. Think about what that says. This is America, New York, cradle of liberty, the city for free speech if there ever was one and some people think that we shouldn’t allow people to express themselves. That’s exactly what the terrorists did, if you think about it, on 9/11. Now this is not the same kind of terrorism but there’s no question that these anarchists are afraid to let people speak out.”

Now let’s see:

  • the Republican National Convention was on both network and cable television for several hours;
  • Mayor Bloomberg had the cops lock up people for screaming so they wouldn’t be allowed to express themselves in NYC, let alone on national TV.

So, really, by Hizzonner’s definition of terrorism, he’s a sort of terrorist himself?

He must be studying Mayor Richard Daley Sr.’s tactics from the Democratic National Convention of 1968:

“Gentlemen, get the thing straight, once and for all. The policeman isn’t there to create disorder; the policeman is there to preserve disorder.”
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