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Some other kids pointed at me, smiled, nodded.
Another man and woman thanked me.
I brushed past a state trooper, and just so he would know, mentioned what happened. He leaned forward eagerly.
“Do you want to press charges?”
“I’m sure. Unless you want me to. If it would be helpful somehow.”
“I’m not allowed to influence your decision.”
I thought of the protester smiling for the photographer as her fingerprints were taken in the jailhouse. I passed on the pressing of charges. (I later learned that this particular tribe of protesters shows up regularly at public state functions, and has a consistent record of spitting on the troopers and, when it’s available, throwing dirt on them. Hmm. Maybe I should have pressed charges — I’d never be issued another speeding ticket in Montana.)
Outside, the protesters formed a semi-circle between the doors and the school buses. Apparently the fourth grade demographic is critical to the buffalo/slaughter/genocide/murder/whatever protest faction.
Adults walked by with bemused smiles. One guy in a cowboy hat started lecturing one of the hippy-chick protesters about the importance of the Montana beef industry to the economy. Probably a lobbyist.
And the best thing of all, the fourth graders were pointing and laughing at the protesters. In the photo I took, you can even see the kids inside the school bus laughing at the protesters.
AFTERWARDS, MY WIFE AND I went to Wendy’s for lunch. I ate a baked potato with sour cream and chives. As we were leaving, a woman approached me. Her face was earnest.
“I saw you at the Civic Center, and I just want to thank you for standing up!”
And later: Two of my daughter’s classmates told her they were “proud” her dad had stood up and asked the protestor to behave.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?