“Lebensraum” was what Adolf Hitler claimed pre-W.W.II Germany needed… literally “room to live,” in fact “room to expand” … i.e., to invade and take over its neighbors.
Now, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, seems to think the G8 meeting in his unfair city needs “room to live.” And after a certain amount of arm-twisting, the Chicago City Council agrees with him. There are requirements of permits and fees to protest, permits for signs big enough to require more than one person to carry, and a couple of what are being called “sit down and shut up” ordinances, obviously aimed at Occupy Chicago and one other group calling itself CAN-G8. Both groups were prevented in toto from attending the City Council meeting at which the ordinances were debated. How were they prevented? City of Chicago employees, using their employee IDs, filled most of the audience seats in council chambers, while police prevented Occupy members from entering. All in accordance with the First Amendment, of course… free speech, assembly and petition all assured. [/snark]
The ACLU is of course on the case. Why am I not confident of a satisfactory resolution? Could it be that Rahm thinks his opponents are, and I quote him, “fucking retards” and plans to treat them like asylum inmates of earlier centuries?
Why does the 1968 Democratic National Convention keep coming into my mind? Yes, of course, I’m old enough to remember that… one of the darkest times in the history of Chicago.