Cowardly Virginia Senator George Allen, in the best authoritarian manner, like his beloved Confederacy, attacked yet another Marine.
Former Marine and UVA first year law student, Mike Stark was asking Allen about his sealed arrest record and sealed divorce.
At that point, Allen's political thugs assaulted Stark and nearly smashed his head through a window.
Oddly enough, this is how civil rights protestors were dealt with, by violence, when they protested peacefully.
Allen's campaign may have had reason to attack Stark, since he had asked the senator if he had ever used the word nigger.
Which began his slide in the polls.
Now, the veteran law student is pressing charges against the goons who assaulted him. This kind of oppression people enlist in the military to prevent.
Last week, it was Jim Webb's novels, this week, it's Mike Stark being assaulted like a dissedent in a dictatorship.
Why does George Allen hate Marines? Update
Letter from Mike Stark
Oct 31, 2006
The following is a letter to NBC29 from Mike Stark, the man who was tackled for a comment he made at Senator Allen's campaign stop in Charlottesville on Tuesday.
My name is Mike Stark. I am a law student at the University of Virginia, a marine, and a citizen journalist. Earlier today at a public event, I was attempting to ask Senator Allen a question about his sealed divorce record and his arrest in the 1970s, both of which are in the public domain. His people assaulted me, put me in a headlock, and wrestled me to the ground. Video footage is available here, from an NBC affiliate.
I demand that Senator Allen fire the staffers who beat up a constituent attempting to use his constitutional right to petition his government. I also want to know why Senator Allen would want his staffers to assault someone asking questions about matters of public record in the heat of a political campaign. Why are his divorce records sealed? Why was he arrested in the 1970s? And why did his campaign batter me when I asked him about these questions.
George Allen defends his support of the Iraq war by saying that our troops are defending the ideals America stands for. Indeed, he says our troops are defending our very freedom. What kind of country is it when a Senator's constituent is assaulted for asking difficult and uncomfortable questions? What freedoms do we have left? Maybe we need to bring the troops home so that they can fight for freedom at George Allen's campaign events. Demanding accountability should not be an offense worthy of assault.
I will be pressing charges against George Allen and his surrogates later today. George Allen, at any time, could have stopped the fray. All he had to do was say, "This is not how my campaign is run. Take your hands off that man." He could have ignored my questions. Instead he and his thugs chose violence. I spent four years in the Marine Corps. I'll be damned if I'll let my country be taken from me by thugs that are afraid of taking responsibility for themselves.
It just isn't the America I know and love. Somebody needs to take a stand against those that would bully and intimidate their fellow citizens. That stand begins right here, right now.