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“This Is What A Police State Looks Like”

Day 31 Occupy Wall Street October 16 2011 Shan...

Image by david_shankbone via Flickr

This is the chant we’re hearing from demonstrators outside Wall Street this morning.

I have to disagree.

In a real Police State, Demonstrators would be “disappeared”, never to be heard from again. Their GAP clothing (if they could afford it) and other valuables would be taken from them and distributed to the children of the Secret Police.

Their families would be threatened, their jobs and homes taken away. Some of them might be tortured or even murdered in cruel and unusual ways to keep them from talking to the press.

There would be no media coverage of the demonstrations, except that which was State sanctioned. Cameras would be confiscated, photographs of the demonstrators would not be allowed.

Interviews would be strictly along State or Party lines.

That’s why their complaints, though sincere, sound shallow and childish to me.

I’ve heard the same complaints from the other side, Tea Partyiers…who yell about Sharia Law…or a Police State…

I’ve lived and visited in several “Guided Democracies” which were more or less Police States…and assure you…we’re not even close.

With our Free Press, and Journalists who continue to search out the “story behind the story”, with individuals…on the right and left who have freedom to do so also…we are blessedly free.

For some comparisons and perspective, see the map of countries below for their free press rankings.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Reporters_Without_Borders_2008_Press_Freedom_Rankings_Map.PNG

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