Federal agents dressed in camouflage and tactical gear have taken to the streets of Portland, unleashing tear gas, bloodying protesters and pulling some people into unmarked vans in what Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon has called “a blatant abuse of power.”
The extraordinary use of federal force in recent days, billed as an attempt to tamp down persistent unrest and protect government property, has infuriated local leaders who say the agents have stoked tensions. “This is an attack on our democracy,” Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland said.
Where are all the small government folks now? Where are the second amendment fanatics who say they have guns to protect themselves from an overbearing federal gouvernement? The escalation of federal force against those speaking out against it, as well as the literally hundreds of examples of excessive force from law enforcement over the past few months has been shocking, and the message I've seen from the right has been mainly, “maybe if you weren't protesting like that then you wouldn't be getting beaten by the cops or taken away by secret police.”
So is it cowardice or is it compliance?