Stanley Campaigns at Court, Risks Arrest
Editor's note: Since I have publicly criticized some of the tactics of Rick Stanley, the U.S. Senate candidate for the Libertarian party, I thought it appropriate to point out some of the things that Stanley is doing right. David Bryant asked me why I would criticize a Libertarian candidate after his nomination. It's because I think if Stanley would run with his good ideas, and drop his bad ideas, he would be more successful, both in terms of the election and building the LP. Stanley sent out the following account to his public e-mail list. Stanley held his ground and showed a lot of courage the day he describes. All citizens need to stand up to illegitimate authority and claim our rights, as Stanley has done. I do not believe Stanley should have suggested to the police officers their activity might be "unhealthy." That's out of bounds. Also, he shouldn't call a main-stream radio host a "fascist." But Bryant is right: the kind of stubbornness Stanley displays here would be a good quality for a Senator. -Ari Armstrong, June 5, 2002
From MediaListfirstname.lastname@example.org Wed Jun 05 00:29:19 2002
Sounds like me, when I was in court last week. During each court break for my second amendment infringement trial, I was handing out flyers in the halls of the courthouse announcing my US Senate campaign. Soon I had 3 guards tell me I couldn't do that. I asked them to show me the law that said I couldn't, and they couldn't, so I told them that they would have to excuse me, because I was busy handing out flyers. They were stunned, and left. Their boss came to talk with me, same story, same result.
Next thing I know, I am surrounded by six sheriffs deputies for the City and County of Denver. You know, the HOMERULE city. This is where it became fun. The head guy of the group informed me, that it was against the law, to do what I was doing. I asked him if it was against the law, or some city ordinance? He thought a second, and decided it was against an ordinance. Which one I said? He didn't know, but I still had to stop. I explained that he was mistaken, and that my free speech rights from the first amendment to the US Constitution, took precedence over their silly little ordinance. I explained I was in Court in with Judge Patterson for the same type of issue, and were they going to arrest me for this as well? Well no, was the reply, but would I go with them to another building, to look up the statute? No, was my reply, because I was currently very busy handing out flyers announcing my US Senate candidacy, and I couldn't interrupt such an important endeavor, to go look up a silly ordinance. Besides the last time a cop asked me to come with him, he delivered me to the Denver Police who arrested me on a BOGUS WARRANT. I watched six mouths drop to the floor, and I gave flyers to three of them that would accept, and they all left, saying they would be back. They never returned, and during the 2 days of my trial I handed out at least 500 flyers, enjoyed the dirty looks of the guards, and continued to hand out my flyers during each and every break. I contined giving flyers to sherrifs deputies, guards, lawyers, defendents, and workers in the build ing. And you all wonder why I am such a fun guy!
We must be prepared to go to jail from now on, in each and every case of our rights infringements. That is my pledge. They know it, and really, really hate having me in their jail, reminding them that they are failing to uphold their oath of office to defend the Constitution, just because some boss, tells them to do something unconstitutional. I informed them that this was a treasonous act, an act of war on the American people, and to threaten Americans at the point of a gun, might eventually be unhealthy for each and every one of them. Fascism is democracy at the point of a gun. For you, Peter Boyles, you little socialist/fascist, you. I really do think that fascism is a really unhealthy thing, don't you Peter? See, I am trying to be Politically Correct, aren't I?