An acute take from Mark Adams (and be sure to check the coverage by that indy student newspaper):
I’m from Gainesville, and I earned my JD and MBA at UF. The UF campus police are usually very mellow. It seems to me that these police were told in advance to deal severely with anyone when told to do so and that someone told them to shut the student up. It is definitely not how the UF campus police would normally act. The students at UF would not tolerate it. See the independent student newspaper at http://www.alligator.org/ for coverage of the protest.
Kerry should have intervened, but I think that it is likely that the person who told the cops to get him was with Kerry. Even so, it is outrageous that Kerry did not act to stop the police. However, since he did not demand that the votes from 2004 were counted correctly, it is not surprising that he would tolerate the abuse and silencing of a student critic by police. Maybe this incident will shatter some illusions.
Those who will not face reality are relying on a dangerous illusion. One that has led to much suffering and will lead to even greater suffering unless more people wake up and take action. Those who will not stand up for the principles our country was founded upon might as well be sending money to Bush and the Republicans to buy favors. As for me, I would prefer to stand up and speak out with those who are trying to resist the conversion of our country into a third world style “democratic” dictatorship.
Mr. Meyer is a hero in my eyes. I hope that this incident generates more attention about the failure of our government leaders to restore fair and verifiable elections.
Mark A. Adams JD/MBA
P.S. Not only are fair elections at risk, so is our right to due process in our courts. For more information on your loss of rights which are fundamental to preserving a government by the people, see my speech titled “No Justice, No Peace” given at the National Judicial Reform Conference at Rice University in Houston, Texas on August 11, 2007.