fiberguyMy views are my own.Premium
reply to PDXPLT
Re: really? "What BART did was about the most unpatriotic, unAmerican thing they could do, and deserves a strong response."
You forget the most obvious principle about "free speech" in which you're going on about - it's still not legal to yell "fire" in a crowded theater when there is none. In other words, "freedom of speech" (which is OFTEN mis-represented) does have limitations.
Freedom of speech simply states "government shall make no law against..." It extends between the people and the government. The government still does have the right to keep order. Even the right to assemble requires permits.
Before you go on about BART being unpatrotic and unAmerican, you have to first apply the law.
What I think is completely wrong is that Americans want to run around disturbing the peace and tearing things up and expect that they have the "right" to do so.. which they don't. People have the right to peaceful protest... the government has the responsibility to keep order.