Everyone knows that the TEA Party is a group of strict Constitutionalists, that is their main tenet, they only hate the fact that the government, in their view is not operating in compliance with the Constitution. So of course they are big supporters of the first amendment, right? They would disagree with what you have to say but still defend to the death your right to say it, wouldn’t they? Apparently not the TEA Partiers in Arizona.
Dennis Gilman a freelance videographer from the Phoenix area was attempting to film a TEA Party rally on the grounds of the state capitol when he was accosted by several of the attendees who objected to his presence. He was apparently known to them and was seen as unfriendly to their cause and therefore unwelcome at the event.
They displayed their displeasure at his presence first by putting a hand up in front of his lens but that quickly escalated to pushing him, crowding him and just generally doing everything they could to interfere with his filming. He asked them repeatedly if they did not believe in the first amendment but they only became more belligerent. Jackets were held up in front of his camera and he was repeatedly jostled and pushed while those doing the pushing accused him of pushing them.
The attendees kept insisting that they had a permit to be there and therefore he did not have a right to be present since the grounds were private while they held their event. He asked them over and over to call the police if they thought that he was there in violation of the law but they only continued to shove and harass him.
The woman who appears to be the ring leader, Barb Heller, is a big supporter of Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, no stranger to controversy himself. She claims that Gilman was “asked nicely” to leave and that he refused. She further asserts that he is a trouble maker who comes to her events to incite riots and that she has had much trouble with him in the past.
What it really comes down to is that the TEApubs don’t really love the Constitution as much as they would have you believe. They want it to apply to them and no one else. They demand the right to say anything they want and own as many guns of any type that they want. They don’t want to pay taxes or be regulated in any way. For those who disagree they have different standards, they don’t get any rights beginning with the right to free speech.
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