I have come out in the comments and said that I thought that the kid was a p@ssy, and I stand by that comment. Here is what a few commenters had to say about the situation:
I'm sympathetic, but this would have been a bad idea. Yes, he committed assault. But he's also a member of Congress -- laws don't apply to him.And:
Had the activist responded with a break or a punch, or in any way physically resisted, he would be in jail right now.
Do you really think escalation is the best choice here? You are putting your fate in the hands of the police, district attorney and possibly a jury.Many of the other comments were along these lines.
First off, I would like to thank the many commenters who have taken time to voice their thoughts on the subject.
I completely understand the thought pattern. This would have been my reaction maybe even a decade ago. But I have changed.
Maybe it is because I became a father - someone that my kids need to look up to for a good example. Maybe I just got sick of society one day and bullying in general. I don't know. But it all changed about five years or so ago.
I decided one day that if anyone laid hands on me or my family in a threatening way that I would do absolutely everything in my power to disable the thug in a quick fashion. No negotiations, no "please let go of me". They get decked, plain and simple. This is all long before I started Muay Thai, and I will touch on that in a second.
For better or worse, I have chosen to do what I feel is right, and let the chips fall. I am acutely aware that in this situation of the kid vs. the congress critter that things would not be framed in a very good way and that the possibility exists of me ending up with a record of some sort. Oh well. It is a choice that I have made. He started it, I will end it. The Congressman is a human just like me - just a man. He puts his pants on one leg at a time, just like me. If I have penalties to face later on by a jury or judge, so be it. I am prepared to do what is right. At this stage in my life I couldn't sleep at night knowing that I let myself be bullied.
Now that I have three plus years of Muay Thai under my belt, I am not sure that I can do much about it anyway. I have certain reflexes that are now hard wired, or built in. The second that guy grabbed me, it would have been "go" time. In all seriousness, it would have been one shot on that old man and I would have been able to break free and run. That is typically what I see myself doing in a real life fight situation. That one shot might break the assailants nose, or leg, but so it goes. Woe to the person that attacks one of my children or wife, as I may need to leave an extra shot or two in there for good measure. Not sure I could control my rage in a situation like that.
In reality I am an extremely mild mannered guy. I have never been in a real street fight and don't plan on getting into one. I take extreme measures to stay out of bad situations and my friend Carl will vouch for me on that. I am more dangerous than the normal joe walking down the street and am pretty confident in my abilities.
To summarize, I see the point that the commenters in the previous post made, but it just isn't for me. I need to do what I think is right, and deal with the rest later. I still think the kid is a p@ssy.