And now the protests have migrated to HOMES of Republican politicians. Yesterday morning at 7:30, some two dozen members of an organized group called DC VOTE descended on Speaker Boehner's residence to deliver a message. They were chanting,
"Don't tread on DC!"
"No taxation without representation."
The group is allegedly upset at a current budget proposal that would cut some federal funding to the District as well as limiting the use of Federal funds for needle exchange programs and abortions.
The Capitol Police were on the scene to manage the crowd, but the question remains - Why did DC VOTE think it appropriate to bring their protest to the private residence of an elected official? The group's executive director Ilir Zherka is quoted as saying;
“Speaker Boehner is coming to our home telling us how to spend our money, we decided to come to his house to tell him to leave D.C. alone.”
This is not the first time a protest has moved from public spaces and migrated to private homes. Less than a year ago, 500 SEIU-organized protesters showed up at the home of a Bank of America executive.
And just last month in DC, protesters swarmed the residence of a man who has been vocal about his support for Wal-Mart's plans to build four stores in DC, stores that could bring as many as 1200 permanent, full-time jobs to the area.
Are these isolated incidences or is a trend developing? The right to assemble in public and protest is fundamental to the American political system. However, this relocation of protests from public spaces to private homes sounds more like something from a Medieval revolt, a storm-the-castle moment. It is certainly an issue to be addressed sooner, rather than after someone is held captive in their home by an angry mob circumventing the political process that has served our Republic for over two centuries.