In the age of easy divorce the old saying “Marry in haste, repent at leisure” has less bite than it once did, but the City of Boston may find out how much bite that old saying has when they decided to allow the “occupy Boston” folks to camp without license or permits (after all we SEIU allies have to stick together). It was noted in the Herald yesterday with little fanfare, today it is getting more attention: (all emphasis mine)
“It’s always a dangerous precedent when the city treats one group differently than another,” said civil rights attorney Harvey Silverglate. “I’m opposed generally to these requirements, but if they are required of one group, then they should be required of all. The precedent (the city is setting) is, if there are so many people joining a demonstration that the city doesn’t want to tangle with them, then they will waive the requirements.”
Every Tea Party group in New England should take notice. The moment the police or the city attempt to move them in the future without a permit, it is now a lawsuit simply waiting to happen and don’t think that national conservative lawyers will not be waiting to file them.
even more interesting are these remarks:
To avoid unrest, the Conservancy, like the city and Boston Police Department, has not booted the campers off the 1⁄2-acre plot. Conservancy chief Nancy Brennan called the makeshift campsite “an extraordinary situation” and said it would not pave the way to allow people to randomly “camp out” on the Greenway.
“In addition to supporting free speech, >we’re aware that asking the protesters to leave will create conflict and significant expense,” Brennan said.
Now why would it create “conflict and significant expense” to ask them to leave? Apparently the answer is because the owners are intimidated by them. They fear the protesters will refuse and they will have to use force or more likely will vandalize the area if any attempt is made to move them.
Contrast that with the tea party. I’ve talked to Police at Tea Party events in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and specifically asked about trouble or troublemakers, invariably they don’t get any from the tea party, but on occasion they have gotten problems from their foes, not that the media cares.
And as for expense and mess lets take you back to February when the unions and the tea party faced off in front of the State house.
The city of Boston and the Conservancy had better start asking themselves this question: “What will happen if the Tea Party decides to emulate these guys instead of cleaning up after them?”
via Glenn Reynolds says when you reward behavior you get more of it.
Update: Hey, maybe the city can get this liberal organizer to help defray the expense:
A liberal organizer told the Daily Caller on Thursday afternoon that he paid some Hispanics to attend “Occupy DC” protests happening in the nation’s capital.
Hey if they can pay the protestors to come they can pay the city to clean up after them.