When barely two weeks ago, the FBI engaged the peace movement in a mass raid, coordinated across the east coast, in Minneapolis, Chicago, Michigan and North Carolina, their was a universal reaction across the political spectrum: how dare they. This reaction grew as it became surprisingly clear that there were severe questions as to whether these warrants were in fact legal.
In a show of solidarity with activists back east, a few hundred showed up in downtown Los Angeles with only a weekend's notice and despite multiple changes in location, to condemn these raids and demand the FBI back off. The protesters were mainly from various local peace groups, as well as the Marxist ANSWER Coalition who generally help organize anti-war efforts in order to spread their message, but some were simply concerned Citizens with no clear group allegiance, and both the initial request for solidarity from those groups raided, and the protests locally in LA, were a continuation in a long chain of shifts in the political climate on the streets. The very nature of the protest was to demand an end to unconstitutional investigations and prosecutions, and these grievances are only going to grow. The press releases sought to educate those on the left of the false nature of demonization of those dissenters on the right.
Despite the best efforts of those in Syndicated Television and other corporate media to kill the Tea party movement, there is a growing trend of Libertarian and Constitutional rhetoric at street protests, both from the traditional anti-war left, and from traditional conservatives joining their ranks of disenchantment as they find that their respective parties have sold out their supporters and their childrens' birthrights. It is becoming clear to all sides, that no number of repeated claims that opposition to Obama is because he is a Black Man will negate the number of soldiers he has sent to the fields of death and opium in Afghanistan, after being elected on promises to bring our troops home. No amount of sexually suggestive puns about "Teabaggers" will negate the legitimate grievances raised about the Constitutional violations so rampant in our society today, nor the fact that Americans have had enough of being taxed to fund their own oppression. The very name of the Department of Homeland Security, has the old familiar ring of the GeStaPo, Geheime Staatspolizei, Homeland Police, and of Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (KGB), the Committee for State Security, and many are seeing that very much is in a name, in this case, as our government has shifted focus from enforcing the law, and keeping the peace, to counter-insurgency and suppression of any who dare speak out. From warrants of search and seizure being issued on peace activists without so much as reasonable suspicion that a crime was committed by any party, warrants lacking legal authority, designed only to disrupt the effectiveness of dissenters, to deliberate profiling of constitutional activists by police departments, on the command of federal powers, the long chain of usurpations and abuses written of by Jefferson is being felt by Americans. Dissent is now not only by Libertarians, or patriots, or peaceniks, or truthers, or militia members, or housewives, or liberals, or conservatives, but by all of the above, screaming with one resounding voice to the Federal Government and it's Police Agencies, "We want this Country Back, and we want you out of our lives."