Here's to the BYU students who are unwilling to allow Cheney's visit here to be quite the asskissfest he probably hopes it will be.
Somehow they managed to navigate BYU's Byzantine regulations in order to stage a protest. When the clock ran out on the demonstration's allotted time, the "free-speech zone" vanished and security thugs quickly moved in to menace the protesters. This footage is from Steven Greenstreet--who created This Divided State, a video documenting the controversy surrounding Michael Moore's 2004 visit to Utah Valley State College in Provo--and his associates.
The world probably hasn't seen protesters as polite as these since demure and conservatively attired pre-Stonewall lesbians and gays quietly carried neatly lettered placards around in circles in front of the White House in 1964. The BYU students preface every statement with thanks to BYU's administration for granting them the "opportunity" to exercise their First Amendment rights.
They follow every arbitrary rule to the letter. They know the alternative, in a time when property rights trump just about every other civil right--including free speech--is to be shut down entirely, if not booted out of school, transcripts frozen. (Brandon Burt)