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I was arrested at the Capitol

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    The line shown above was the first sentence of an article that was posted in the National Catholic Reporter this morning. However, the man's arrest was not recent. It happened on May 4, 1971.

    Here's the headline:

    What happened at the Capitol was not civil disobedience

    "Back then, I was part of a protest against the war in Vietnam. More than 12,000 people were arrested that day in Washington, D.C. My protest was a classic case of civil disobedience. It was ethically different from the acts of terror and insurrection at the Capitol last month. Both actions took place in the same building. There the similarity ends.

    I was arrested in the Senate gallery in 1971, along with one of my roommates from the University of Virginia. We entered the gallery legally and peacefully, on passes obtained from the office of Sen. Harry Flood Byrd Jr., the "political boss" of Virginia at the time.

    Our only weapon was our words. My roommate read from an essay by linguist Noam Chomsky. I read from the Beatitudes from St. Matthew's Gospel. We had transcribed them on notebook paper. Shortly after the Senate session began, we stood, one at a time, and read from the papers. My hands trembled terribly.

    I remember that the senators looked up momentarily and paused their discussion. Capitol Police took a little while to reach us in the gallery. I managed to get to verse nine of the Beatitudes, ("Blessed are the peacemakers …") when four policemen grabbed me. My roommate was similarly arrested moments later.

    We were immediately handcuffed and taken to a holding room in the basement of the Capitol. There we were searched, read our rights, booked, photographed and fingerprinted. Eventually, we were taken to the D.C. central lockup, which was overflowing with thousands of demonstrators arrested elsewhere around the city. My roommate and I were put into a holding cell so crowded everyone had to stand for several hours.

    Opposition to the Vietnam War started in late 1965, shortly after the start of Operation Rolling Thunder, when we started to bomb North Vietnam.

    By late October, 1967, it resulted in a march of 100,000 people on Washington, many of whom later wound up at the Pentagon.

    A month after the writer was arrested, the Pentagon Papers appeared on the front page of the New York Times, confirming the fact that the war was a mistake. We later learned that the Vietnam War, like the war in Iraq, was started on a false premise.

    (More about the Tonkin Gulf Resolution can be found in the link below):

    (Here's one of the closing paragraphs in this article, which was written in August of 2018:

    Now, more than ever, it is time to rekindle the spirit of rebellion that we experienced during my college days. Political analysts now categorize Donald Trump as the worst president our country has ever had, and many experts consider him the most dangerous politician alive today. I would be astonished if he manages to complete his first term without getting impeached, or forced to resign, but I was also very much surprised when he was elected in the first place, despite the fact that every major newspaper in the country said that he was unfit for office.)

    To a very large degree, the protests against the Vietnam War were peaceful, and the bombing of the university building in Madison, Wisconsin was one of the few outliers. The riots on January 6, however, were not acts of CIVIL disobedience - they were simply acts of barbarity.

    To date, 259 people have been arrested - but there will be others. Jake Angeli is one of the few people, so far, who have been indicted by grand juries.

    (Remember that 12,000 peaceful protestors were arrested on May 4, 1971.

    The Vietnam War protests led to a variety of protest songs (my favorite is Country Joe and the Fish) but there will NEVER be songs celebrating the thugs that descended on D.C. on January 6.

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    Wow, so you have an "record"? Yes Vietnam was another stupidity of this country. Meddling all over the world does not mean that things here are in order. It only means (as with Trump) that this country refuses to fix things here before meddling with others in the world. Sure the US won WWII but that does not mean that you can then rule the world.

    There is so much wrong with this country and its broken stupid laws inherited from the Brits; it is like trying to fix Humpty Dumpty. Again I'm saying it must be the "growing pains" on this "island" which never gets to the "grown up" level due to stubborness and arrogance, by sticking to outdated antique British created laws where the (rich) crooks here profit from. So the old "locomotive" just steams on until the wheels fall off. Looking at the whole picture of this country, then I think it is still the old "west" with "brainless" cowboys and a very few Indians.

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    That Guy in Az was not arrested. His post was about a person that was arrested.
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    Sure he was not arrested. However the stupidity at the Capitol could have been prevented, if this country would have watched on how other countries deal with this. They use water "cannons" with high pressure water, which "blows " all the demonstrators away in no time without real harm. They would have needed only about four or so of these trucks and nothing would have happened to the Capitol. Where are the brains here? Why can other countries use these in time and not here? They knew that these demonstrations were coming and could have placed these trucks in strategic positions around the Capitol grounds.

    Again it shows that the government seldom anticipates things of this nature and is not prepared for anything at all. So again an self inflicted wound as so many other things. More demonstrations will pop up in the future, get some of these trucks and deploy as needed and place them near likely to be attacked government objects.

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    Been there.

    Done that.

    The picture below was taken in Little Rock, Arkansas in the early 60's. It was used against people who were marching for civil rights:

    See the source image

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    Sure in the 60's, Wow, since we have been on the moon, we've been going backwards since, it seems. Especially in "governing" and "common sense".