February 18, 2011
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In one of the articles about the ongoing protests in Wisconsin, it was mentioned that protesters were not only at the capital building, but also at the governor’s house. Seeing that reminded me of incidents reported after AIG gave their executives bonuses, and protesters loaded vans and set up shop outside the residences of AIG employees and executives in an effort to guilt them into returning the bonus money.
Other reports of people protesting at (and doing damage to) politician’s homes, as well as unions and other organizations handing out flyers with home addresses of protest targets are readily available on the web. Which made me wonder: is that taking things too far?
Lets acknowledge that there is a right to assemble. There is also freedom of speech. But is such style of protest really a peaceful move? I would say no. When you show up at someone’s residence, it is by default an attempt at intimidation. “We know where you live!” is the message given by such actions. I say its taking things too far. Besides, how would these protesters respond if the person being targeted responded by hiring security to come in and create an opposing show of force? What if counter-protesters showed up at the houses of the protesters? I can hear the howls of…well, of protest.