The video is intense, considering the forum.
The video raises innumerable issues.
Forum rules have been modified since the Nixon years to prevent enlightening questions. It has had a dampening and even chilling effect on what is termed free speech and democratic debate. Many people believe that the only way to get points raised is via drawing attention through what is called civil disobedience. Of course, the question arises: Under a democracy, the government is only legitimate when it is by the consent of the governed, so just who has ultimate civil authority and who is truly being disobedient? According to the U.S. Constitution, all un-enumerated powers still rest in the people. Were the police acting in accordance with both the spirit and letter of the Constitution—preserving it?
The video also raises the issue of excessive force and police brutality. The reason the police use such force is for its future deterrent effect. If people can be sufficiently intimidated and made to fear the police, their control is greater. However, it is not good for community relations. If they had hustled the youth out (if he insisted upon monopolizing the forum) and let him go, it would have been better (not perfect, but better). Tasers are sadistic. They do not serve to defuse a situation.
The young man (Andrew Meyer, 21, a student in the College of Journalism and Communications) who was tased and arrested used profanity. This does not help his cause, although some young people find it fashionable and something with which they can identify. His infractions pale though next to how the situation was butchered by the authorities.
In addition to the issues above, the young man did raise important points. There was election rigging of the 2004 U.S. presidential election. John Kerry did win the election. George W. Bush was not elected fairly and squarely. Enough voters illegally and systematically were disenfranchised under the criminal conspiracy to have secured the election for Kerry.
An important question though concerns the premature election concession by Kerry, especially in light of the immediately preceding presidential election that was given to George W. Bush by Republican appointed Supreme Court justices, against all proper legal procedures.
Coupled with no impeachment hearings against George W. Bush for all of his blatant lies and cover-ups, war crimes, crimes against humanity, violations of the Bill of Rights, and the rest, along with the fact that both Bush and Kerry were/are members of the secret society at Yale known as Skull and Bones, and the inquisitive young man questions whether the conspiracy crosses party lines.
Many people believe that there is little to no difference between the ruling elite at the top of each party. They believe that the two-party system is just a way for the one party to rule under the guise of diversity of choice. They believe, as does the Real Liberal Christian Church, that the wealthy as a class/families rule (plutocracy; oligarchy) and choose the winners behind closed doors and that, therefore, the democracy is truly just ostensible.
Joseph Goebbels was the propaganda minister for Nazi Germany, which was an amazing propaganda machine but nothing compare to America's, which has been the best (worst in the divine sense) in history. Goebbels said, "What you want in a media system is ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity." The same applies to the whole political system.
Another top Nazi, Hermann Goering (also: Hermann Göring), said, "...the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
It is unfortunate that the status quo is such that people feel compelled to extreme boldness in order for legitimate questions to be put before the people and leaders. Jesus faced the same situation. His Apostles too were told (ordered) to stop preaching Jesus's message. Of all of them, apparently only John wasn't martyred. Think about it. The whole system is corrupt, upside down, and inside out. That's why Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers. You can too by joining the Real Christian Commons Project. See The Plan and What an Article in the Wikipedia Covering the Real Liberal Christian Church Might Look Like for starters.
Many people seem to care about what happened to this young man: Some pro, some con, some mixed, some just reporting: