Les Kinsolving of WorldNetDaily thinks that demonstrators in the Occupy Wall Street movement should be punished for their protests with “extensive terms of hard labor.” Citing the OWS demonstrations against K Street lobbyists, Kinsolving says that only hard labor can “consume the energy of these creatures”:
The Washington Post reported:
“As a cold rain fell, hundreds of people filled K Street, chanting ‘We are the 99 percent’ while slogging through puddles and waving protest signs. They blocked intersections with newspaper boxes, wooden pallets, office furniture and tents. Tempers frayed. Horns blared.
“D.C. police said 62 people were arrested after they formed human chains across thoroughfares. Many were charged with obstruction of a public highway. On Wednesday night, 12 more people were arrested when they wouldn’t leave the steps of the Supreme Court.”
I surely defend the right to picket – that historic and constitutional right.
Surely this right does not include the construction of housing structures in public parks or the blocking of public thoroughfares by arm-locked protesters.
But the Washington Times reported that the D.C. code punishes obstructing a public highway with only a fine – from $100 to $250. What is needed are extensive terms of hard labor to consume the energy of these creatures.