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August 12th, 2010
Video: Candidate McCarthy arrested during Obama protest

Recent Texas State University student Daniel McCarthy, who had said he would run for mayor again this year, was arrested on the University of Texas campus on Monday during a protest of President Barack Obama’s visit.  Now he says he is considering a run for city council instead of mayor. This is video of his arrest posted on YouTube.


» McCarthy still in race despite arrest [Austin American-Statesman]

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16 thoughts on “Video: Candidate McCarthy arrested during Obama protest

  1. The video is obviously a set-up. The ultra liberal camera dude was in cahoots with McCarthy, a student running for mayor. It was a publicity stunt, you-tube style. The cop asked him multiple times to vacant the area and McCarthy failed to obey his commands. Therefore, he gets arrested. That’s what happens to an array of incidents, not to only pseudo protesters, like McCarthy.

  2. He doesn’t live in San Marcos. He told “the other” site that he’s been couch surfing in Austin. Just what San Marcos needs! A homeless mayor.

  3. He should know the protocol for a presidential visit. Him asking if the secret service had the authority to establish boundries Am I hearing that correctly?

  4. @ Mr. Obvious: I had never met the camera man before the event. I am not a pseudo protester, at that point I wasn’t even protesting, just looking for the group that was, who most closely represented my own beliefs. The group that they told me to go join did not represent those beliefs. By the way, I’m a Republican, meaning anti-federal, not an ultra-liberal, and so is Mr. Horn. Also the word is “vacate”, not “vacant”.

    @Jim: I still have a San Marcos address, but yes, I have been capitalizing on the much-larger Austin market most of the summer.

    @MoneyBags: Home is where the heart is, and mine is in San Marcos.

    @Sunshine: Taken from the Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
    How could that be any less clear?

  5. Dan, you now have no political career thanks to YouTube, the internet and millions of back up servers and individuals with hard drives. lol

    109th Congress (2005 – 2006)H.R.3199

    Title VI: Secret Service – Secret Service Authorization and Technical Modification Act of 2005 – (Sec. 602) Amends the federal criminal code to revise prohibitions on entering or remaining in areas the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is visiting. Prohibits willfully and knowingly entering or remaining in such an area that is restricted in conjunction with a special event of national significance, with intent to impede or disrupt business or access or to engage in violence. (Repeals provisions: (1) prohibiting willfully and knowingly entering or remaining, with such intent, in facilities designated by the Secretary of the Treasury as temporary residences and offices of the President, his staff, and other persons protected by the Secret Service; and (2) authorizing the Secretary to make such designations.) Specifies penalties for violations.

  6. One more thing…did you ever hear of the Dukes of Hazard?

    Yee Haw 🙂

    Thanks for protesting against the war.

    Will you please explain the sign you were holding?

  7. Are you kidding? This may have launched my political career! And what part of “Congress shall make no law…” makes the aforementioned act constitutional? Just because it’s a law doesn’t mean it will hold up in court. Also you can clearly see in the video people walking to and fro, they weren’t arrested. I was singled out for having a sign under my arm.

    It read: RIP Free Republic
    This young Republic was crushed under boot heels on the march to war.

  8. I think the problem ‘was’ that you were not walking, you were hunkered in an area that the Secret Service had instructed the local campus police to keep clear and secure.

    It makes it easier for them to manage the protests and everyone’s safety if you are placed in a common area. They would not be able to help any protesters who might be assaulted or worse if the protesters were spread out all over the campus. The campus police were following the directives from the Secret Service and also protecting you. They really were doing what they were hired to do. Your free speech rights were not denied but common sense and duty was being followed to direct you to the others who were protesting. From watching the video it looked like you went there with every intention to get arrested. I thought it was a staged show.

    BTW, you were free to hold your sign anywhere along the route that President Obama drove. Many members of our community were standing off of Cesar Chavez with signs. I also know that had it not been for the fact that President Obama was in the vicinity you would have been fine to protest about anywhere you wanted on campus. You know that TSU has a free speech zone and maybe UT Austin does also but I have never seen them enforce it. Do you protest on Wednesday evenings down at the Square with the others? I hope someone in San Marcos is still attending vigil in protests of the wars.

    I don’t understand how you are running for mayor but don’t have any comprehension of basic security measures, nor even a modicum of understanding of governmental processes. I suspect that your way of conducting business would offer much anarchy & disorganization and result in very little being accomplished.

    It is difficult to take you seriously when one moment you appear to be not wrapped too tight and a few minutes later you are wound tighter than a spring.

    You do not have to study law but you would have to know a great many laws to do your duties as a mayor and you would be obligated to abide by and seek enforcement of those laws whether you agreed with them or not. People are free to break them and we are free to arrest them. You are free to work towards changing them, too. I hope you do and direct your energy into more productive avenues. Do a little reading on the experiences of protesters in the 1960s. Good luck, Dan McCarthy.

  9. Your first sentence was incorrect, and I can see from your post you are full of false assumptions: that protesters ended Vietnam, that the average person could not be mayor of San Marcos, that arresting a man with a sign but not a man without is a basic security measure, that Obama was the intended recipient of my message. In fact, the droids waiting in line, going through the security checkpoints waiting to see the exalted one, they were the ones to whom I was hoping to influence. A spot in the back of a crowd of people with a different message would hardly afford me that ability.

  10. Obama doesn’t have the first idea about what religious freedom means. Take Islam for example. The entire religion, and culture that surrounds it is oppressive and bigoted – to women, to anyone of another religious belief, to anyone who doesn’t follow its tenets. And this a**wipe “president” of ours insists on defending an imam who has excoriated America and American people – similar to the Irreverend Wright.

  11. Did “Jason” misfire when he posted his comment here. Or did he just fail to read what this story was about?

    Intolerance is just down right ugly. Always. Whether it comes from Christians, Muslims or atheists.

  12. Dan- I suspected you were a New World Order conspiracy believer. Alex Jones and all? Myself, I disagree and find it a bit overly dramatic, extremely paranoid, and a bit science fiction(ish) for my taste.I guess conspiracies evolve and feed on fears, and your generation definitely is growing up in a world of extremely high tech gadgets capable of creating havoc all over the world.

    Anyways, keep protesting, be careful who you align yourself with, unplug yourself often, and push the limits when necessary.

    (I’m kind of bummed college kids have stopped protesting. The last couple of protests I attended locally, I was one of the younger ones there and I’m 45.)

  13. The mosque in NY is built with Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Foundadtion funds. These are known CIA front-groups (see wikipedia) The Imam is CFR (Council on foreign relations – also see wiki).

    False issue. And so yes, Weaver, I see the world government on the horizon and I don’t like it.

  14. @ Jason

    It’s not the Muslim faith that is oppressive, it is some of the people, but not all involved. If you look at Arab government, you will notice that many countries have Christian presidents (to represent the minority) and Muslim vice presidents. They do this so everyone has a say….not so much Saudi Arabia, but a lot of countries over there do this in some form. Islam is not any more intolerant or oppressive than Christianity is supposed to be since the Bible is one of there holy books and considered as sacred as the Quran. The only difference is they follow it pretty closely whereas Christians over here tend to pick and choose (ex: wearing clothes of more than one fabric, eating pork, and not dressing modestly to name a few). Every thing you deem “oppressive” is also spelled out in the bible as well.

    Don’t really know what your comment has to do with this, but it pisses me off when people bash Islam without knowing anything about it.

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