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September 21, 2013 - 9:35 pm

This past week President Obama mockingly said that America is “not some banana republic.” As usual, he lied.

A father in Towson, Maryland, was forcefully ejected from a local town hall forum for asking the wrong question.

Robert Small had concerns over the Common Core education initiative, feeling that it was dumbing down the curriculum in his local school district.

“My question is, how does lowering America’s educational standards prepare kids for community college?” asked Small, before soon being approached by a security guard — who was also an off-duty cop — and being dragged away from his seat.

The outspoken father then implored the crowd to take action. “Don’t stand for this,” said Small. “You’re sitting here like cowards. You have questions!”

Apparently, Small didn’t follow the proper protocol of submitting his question in writing ahead of the meeting, which is why he was taken outside, and eventually arrested.

Small now faces jail time for the incident, or a fine of up to $2,500.

Video:

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Rent-a-cop gets aggressive.

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Rent-a-cop gets his handcuffs out to further threaten the father.

At about the 2:50 mark, the rent-a-cop apparently shoves Mr. Small through a closed gymnasium door. If anyone in the situation committed assault, it was the rent-a-cop.

Mr. Small wasn’t doing anything wrong or illegal. He was doing what every parent should do, in being involved in his children’s education. But apparently being involved doesn’t include being informed.

The security guard, who is reportedly a police officer who was working at the meeting in his off-duty time, needs to be investigated. Was race a factor in his decision to first manhandle an innocent father and then charge that father with crimes? Did he inform Mr. Small that he is a police officer? He apparently did not in the recorded sequence above.

The administrators who led the meeting need to be investigated. How was the meeting security trained? What were they told to look and listen for? Why were they only addressing edited and softball questions? What are they so intent to hide that they had security try to humiliate a father and ruin his life with criminal charges?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The pre-submitted questions nonsense is sadly common at city, town hall meetings. Whereas the person addressing the city council, board etc., has only 2 minutes, a mere 2 minutes to speak, read their grievance(s).

The council then mumbles to one another & the head speaker gives a go-nowhere, milquetoast type of response. Pitiful.

Common Core is nonsensical Illiberal garbage. But I repeat myself.

How the audience members didn't attempt AT ALL whatsoever to question the rent-a-cop nor intervene AT ALL with the cop accosting Mr. Small.. 'progressivism' time and time again, with further proof shown in this albeit short video - is a cowardly ideology with bullies as its handlers.

I hope Mr. Small has his day in court.

Then again this taking place in MD where their citizenry in its largest & wealthiest county didn't have a choice nor say for their electric bills to skyrocket with their gov't, 'protecting the people from themselves' implementing partial alternative energy on them, as well as their Gov calling illegals 'new Americans' & their mediocre HS registered students receiving 'graduation waivers' for starters.. Mr. Small is up against it to say the least.
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Remember the halcyon days of the 2010 town hall meetings, when Democrat Congresscritters encountered intense backlash from their own constituents, and a lot of pointed and hostile questions? Well, they didn't like that. In fact, those town halls cost several Democrats their seats.

The Left has learned the lesson: you can't let your constituents run the meetings. Require written questions pre-submitted and cleared, hire large "security" personnel to discourage actual questions, and act like this is normal. Apparently the lesson has filtered down to the teeming metropolis of Towson, MD, where the commissars running the Soviet have made a stand against truth.
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The most disturbing thing is that the rest of the audience just sat there like sheep.
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Friends, I don't think the School Boards or Democratic Town Hall meetings have seen anything yet. Its getting real bad around here, and the people are fed up with this socialist nonsense. We must regain control of our schools and our livelihood. Very soon you will see a cop get manhandled. Mark my word.
51 weeks ago
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It is an assault. The cop needs to lose his badge, pension and spend some quality time in jail.
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The "police officer" needs to be fired from his day job. This is basically the equivalent of hiring an off duty policeman to provide security for a group robbing a bank. No excuse for his actions. I've often thought it should be a felony to falsely swear to protect and defend the Constitution.
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The idiots in Washington are playing with fire and don't seem to realize it. The people will only put up with so much of this crap before things start to get violent. When that happens, it won't be only the rent-a-cops who feel the heat.
51 weeks ago
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Does anyone know of a way to donate to his legal fees or help in some other way? This video is profoundly disturbing.
51 weeks ago
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My browser doesn't like the video format, so I haven't watched it. Having him arrested seems a bit heavy handed. Okay, he resisted a police officer who wasn't on duty, but he didn't do anything violent. He spoke up at a public meeting, but didn't follow protocol—since when is that illegal? I can understand having him thrown out if he continually refused to obey the protocol, but that is no way illegal. Protocol can be manipulated so that nothing is said or done that jeopardizes the spin, the bias, the slant those holding the meeting wish to make. And who is to say that his question would have been answered had it been submitted ahead of time? "Well, we have more questions, but are out of time, so we will get around to answering them at some later date...."
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I attended an 'open to the public meeting in western NY put on by the Department of Interior and representative from 'our' state Department to explain why Indians were claiming their land in a lawsuit sponsored by our own government, the rules were the same...submit a brief question in writing and the would decide which ones to read aloud and answer. Ant comments from the audience would be brief
51 weeks ago
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Who is this speech code enforcement bully?
Officer {......}?, badge number {...}?
Working at {......} precinct?
51 weeks ago
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And of course, the good little Leftist sheep will just do their dismissive "lol, you said brownshirt" routine and act like nothing is ever wrong...
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I guess it's time to change our anthem from "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave" to "Land of Tyranny, Home of the Slave"

O America, America, how far you have fallen!
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