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America's History of Inspirational Veterans' Protests

Shutdowns Through History

Who wasn't moved and inspired by this week's displays of civil disobedience by World War II veterans in Washington, D.C.?

Perhaps we were abashed as well.

Who among us can honestly say we'd have done what they did -- defying authority, risking arrest, making a scene -- even though we are, most of us, younger and stronger?

Aren't millions of Americans rather more like this fellow, spotted by Mark Steyn in his travels:

I saw a fellow in a "Don't Tread on Me" T-shirt the other day. He was at LaGuardia, and he was being trod all over, by the obergropinfuhrers of the TSA, who had decided to subject him to one of their enhanced pat-downs.

There are few sights more dismal than that of a law-abiding citizen having his genitalia pawed by state commissars, but having them pawed while wearing a "Don't Tread on Me" T-shirt is certainly one of them.