Thursday, November 02, 2006

Letter from Mike Stark

My name is Mike Stark. I am a law student at the University of Virginia, a marine, and a citizen journalist. Earlier today at a public event, I was attempting to ask Senator Allen a question about his sealed divorce record and his arrest in the 1970s, both of which are in the public domain. His people assaulted me, put me in a headlock, and wrestled me to the ground. Video footage is available here, from an NBC affiliate.

I demand that Senator Allen fire the staffers who beat up a constituent attempting to use his constitutional right to petition his government. I also want to know why Senator Allen would want his staffers to assault someone asking questions about matters of public record in the heat of a political campaign. Why are his divorce records sealed? Why was he arrested in the 1970s? And why did his campaign batter me when I asked him about these questions.

George Allen defends his support of the Iraq war by saying that our troops are defending the ideals America stands for. Indeed, he says our troops are defending our very freedom. What kind of country is it when a Senator's constituent is assaulted for asking difficult and uncomfortable questions? What freedoms do we have left? Maybe we need to bring the troops home so that they can fight for freedom at George Allen's campaign events. Demanding accountability should not be an offense worthy of assault.

I will be pressing charges against George Allen and his surrogates later today. George Allen, at any time, could have stopped the fray. All he had to do was say, "This is not how my campaign is run. Take your hands off that man." He could have ignored my questions. Instead he and his thugs chose violence. I spent four years in the Marine Corps. I'll be damned if I'll let my country be taken from me by thugs that are afraid of taking responsibility for themselves.

It just isn't the America I know and love. Somebody needs to take a stand against those that would bully and intimidate their fellow citizens. That stand begins right here, right now

W. Michael Stark
What would Thomas Jefferson think if he knew a student at his university was thrown to the ground for asking questions of a politican, while the rest of the media cheered?
I actually did not dig Starks' letter up myself but found it on my dear hubby's post(ya, I stole it) on MoreLiberty. He's my most dedicated reader.
It amazes me, all these peace loving liberals saying Stark deserved to be pummelled for stirring the pot.

On another note, I still have not unpacked all of our classroom. We are living in a tower of books. And unlike in the movies (like V for Vendetta) when the piles sway artfully and the stacks create a dreamlike atmosphere, in reality, someone always has to have a book at the bottom and even the dogs have learned to run when they see someone reaching for a book.

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