Those in the tizzysphere who were live blogging the SOTU Tuesday night nearly wet themselves when they heard that Cindy Sheehan had been arrested for demonstrating at the Capitol. Paul Harvey could have told them to wait for the rest of the story.
It turns out that two women were escorted from the chamber Tuesday night, one of them the wife of Republican Congressman Bill Young, the Florida Rep who is chair of the House Defense Appropriations Committee. According to the LA Times; ...He had two lawyers spend the morning researching House rules, and that they "came up with absolutely nothing on which they could base what they did."
The spokesman for the Capitol Police said...his officers had "made a good-faith, but mistaken, effort to enforce an old unwritten interpretation of the prohibitions about demonstrating in the Capitol." His department has offered apologies to both women.
Now for my analysis. Freedom of speech has nothing to do with your message. It has everything to do with our freedom. Having said that...If you can't pay the respect to the institution of Congress and our Presidency that it would take to not wear a t-shirt to the SOTU speech you may deserve to be shown the door.