Webster acted on convictions; he should plead 'no contest'

Posted: Monday, May 05, 2003

I applaud Jeff Webster for his dousing of the war protesters in Soldotna. I am satisfied that he acted on deeply held convictions, and I also believe he felt he had no legal recourse. This is classic civil disobedience, a principle which has done much to correct faulty government behavior here and around the world.

Free speech is an unquestioned right in this country. Congress having declared war on no country since 1941, no special provisions pertain. The protesters were within their rights to do as they did.

Implicit in the principle of civil disobedience is the willingness to accept the consequences of one's actions as deemed appropriate by the powers that be, i.e. our laws as determined by duly elected legislators. My advice to Mr. Webster is to send his high-profile attorney back to Hillside, plead no contest to the charges, and do honor the many who have come before him on the path he has chosen.

Phil Blythe


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