Thursday, December 29, 2011

Gated Gardens Of Governance

The City Of Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz County government buildings have lushly groomed areas, designated parks, on their properties. Supposedly, parks are traditional public forums, protected by the Constitution. That hasn't stopped the City and County from issuing protest related citations of various flavors (across multiple protests); acts of blatant viewpoint discrimination. Perhaps they don't want the presence of the unwashed masses in their personal playgrounds, speaking uncomfortable truths?

The conflict of interest involved is substantial. Local government (State and National government too) is engaged in a pattern of behavior, censoring protests that challenge their narrow desires.

The difference between being illegal and being enforced could be about 99%, which reminds me of that OccupyWallStreet meme: if they enforced financial regulations like they enforced park regulations, we wouldn't be in this mess.

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