My first reaction was two-fold.
Folks called in from all the way in NY to describe how the woman's actions traumatized them.
A) "Awwww, someone get these folk a bowl of soup, and a warm blankie to cuddle up with."
B) Then the li'l guy on my other shoulder said, "Or, get them a N.Y. City cop, with a broom stick, so maybe they'll understand what the word 'traumatized' actually means."
There was a thing going around on the Inet about 10 years ago. A sort of "Bill Of No-Rights". My favorite:
"You do not have the right to never be insulted. You are, of course, free to change the channel, at any time."
A Tom Selleck line, as Chief of Police, from the Jesse Stone movies:
The cops said....we can't charge her.
"I'm not in the right, and wrong business. I'm in the legal, and illegal business."
Freedom is not some gift bestowed. What makes it a "fact" is each person's ability, and determination to make it so. Or, to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, "anyone who expects to muddle through, blindly ignorant is fooling themselves, and not likely to remain free."
Political freedom is an idea but not a fact. This idea one must know how to apply whenever it appears necessary with this bait of an idea to attract the masses of the people to one's party for the purpose of crushing another who is in authority.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." isn't about repelling the borders of the country. It's about keeping the monster in Washington D.C. contained, lest it run over you like a bug. Which is basically whats happened.
"Government is force." - G. Washington.
The political has nothing in common with the moral.
Government, of any kind, is completely incapable of being moral. Anyone who misses that, will always be confused. Lemme offer you proof:
At one time, the US government had absolutely nothing to say on the matter of abortion. This was basically "correct", in that the Constitution, gave it no authority on the matter. That made it a "state's rights" issue.
Next, the US government decided that it was illegal, tantamount to murder, and so prosecuted it with great fervor.
Then, the US government decided that it was perfectly legal, and defended that with the same fervor.
In each case, government carried on it's neglect, prosecution, and defense, with the "full power of the government", unquestioningly.
Now for the trick question:
Exactly when was the government behaving morally?
Answer: Never. It was, and remains incapable.