Obey the feds or else

A single event can sometimes illuminate the expanding polarization engulfing our society. We have been presented today with a 21st century American morality play, complete with small dogs, the excessive use of force by a federal government agency, and two opposing viewpoints on the role of government in our daily lives. From SFGATE we read: A Montara man walking two lapdogs off leash was hit with an electric-shock gun by a National Park Service ranger after allegedly giving a false name and trying to walk away, authorities said Monday. The park ranger encountered Gary Hesterberg with his two small dogs Sunday afternoon at Rancho Corral de Tierra, ... said Howard Levitt, a spokesman for the park service. Hesterberg, who said he didn't have identification with him, allegedly gave the ranger a false name, Levitt said.  The ranger, who wasn't identified, asked Hesterberg to remain at the scene, Levitt said. He tried several times to leave, and finally the ranger "pursued him a...(Read Full Post)