December 19, 2011
In Florida, if you make an unflattering comparison about the abuse of government authority during an open forum at a city council meeting, you may face the possibly of being “out of order” and subject to removal by police.
Father Nathan Monk of Pensacola, Florida, faced just such a situation on Friday when members of the city council there ruled him out of order.
Monk had not raised his voice or threatened anybody. He merely stated in no uncertain terms that the government violated the civil liberties of several citizens who had spoken in opposition to proposed anti-homeless ordinances earlier in the week.
The council took umbrage and had the citizens removed after they made comparisons between the ordinances and Heinrich Himmler’s Final Solution.
“As Americans, we have the right to redress our government without fear of being arrested,” said Monk. “Whether or not they’re connecting dots from Hitler to George Wallace to Barney … you should be asking, ‘well what are we doing that’s allowing people to connect those dots?’ It was a sick and gross abuse of power.”
Council President Hall interrupted Monk. “Your time is up, sit down,” he said.
“No, I have a minute and 12 seconds left,” Monk said as he glanced at the timer on the speaker’s lectern.
“I’m ruling you out of order,” Hall said.
At that point the council had cops flank Monk.
The priest was not arrested and two council members stormed off in protest of the obvious dictatorial behavior of their fellow members.
The incident is more evidence that government – from the federal government all the way down to state and local government – is increasingly out of control and often flagrantly violates the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It treats citizens like subjects to be abused, culled for “revenue enhancement,” victimized by militarized police, and taxed relentlessly.