Hooligan TJ alluded to it in comments, but I wanted to provide a space for folks to expand on the events themselves, the protests planned, and the “extraordinary circumstances” rules that are being put in place to try to dampen or diffuse the impact of peaceful protests, otherwise known as free speech.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
You would think that every attempt to stifle the will of “The People” through the imposition of laws designed to curb the above would be met with an equal and opposite escalation of action; force to meet force. Unfortunately the people are vastly outgunned, out tasered, out funded and out organized by the government that still claims to be responsive to said will of the people. In this particular instance they seem to have enacted legislation to protect one corporate citizen from being confronted by thousands of real live human citizens.
The government has yet to act to force change upon these Corporate citizens that would improve their moral and ethical standards of practice, and these rules seem to be made to insure that the citizenry doesn’t either.
How does that make you feel? Do you approve? Should or would Asheville do the same thing? Is this a dress rehearsal for the Democratic Convention, and does that heighten the chances of things going wrong and people getting hurt?