In another thread a certain liberal claimed that protesting necessarily involves civil disobedience. This is a fallacy. Civil disobedience is not a legitimate exercise in free speech. Free speech means just that. Talking and use of your voice and the passing out of flyers. That is free speech. Blocking traffic, attempting to shut down commerce, financially or economically damaging businesses and other means of "protest" are not protest but intimidation and extortion. You are more than welcome to gather together in a park, pass out flyers and try to convince people to see the world your way, but if no one listens to you, or the Government or corporations fail to heed your protests and calls for change, then too (*)(*)(*)(*)ing bad, you have to live with it. You are not allowed to try and intimidate or threaten people, businesses, Government officials or private citizens and other entities. I don't know who taught these (*)(*)(*)(*)ing kids that Civil disobedience and protest are one and the same. They are not. You are more than welcome to speak out against an action, you are not allowed to attempt to physically stop the action you are protesting against. Do you understand now? When you use your voice or the press to speak out. That is Free Speech. But you are not allowed to engage in direct action against those your protesting against.