All right I'll tell you what my beef is with your line of commenting.
You are well read, you have ideals and beliefs, your comments even betray a sense of faith in our species and individuals. I have no great desire to be an enemy of anyone I can have an intelligent conversation with. A military service record is also a laudable achievement (I personally believe Robert A. Heinlein governance system in Starship Troopers is our best bet for progress).
Yet despite the level of insight these qualities must endow upon a person, your comments betray (This time around because you've stated that your opinion will change [I sense that it would change based on the rhetoric being spouted by one side or the other of an argument e.g. More rhetoric on side A pushes you to the defense of side B]) a sense of resignation.
That sense of resignation I am never cool with. This generation needs it's voice just as the 50's and 60's did. I realize the need for caution and wariness of authority and the judicial system, and hey if you need to be that guy explaining the dangers of what people are doing, despite the fact they are doing it for morally justifiable reasons, then fine, be that guy. There is little separation between that guy and the fool who cheers as the powers that be crush those who demand change.
I believe a short story called 'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson comes into play here. One of the standard questions asked to schoolchildren is; "Who was the most evil?" I got this answer wrong I recall. The standard answer was the old man who drove the ritual forward and called out those who began to question it. I believe the most evil ones were the couple who voiced concern as to the necessity of the ritual and despite misgivings stoned that woman to death anyway. To know something is wrong is one thing, to speak out against it is right, but to speak out against it and go along with it is pure evil.
So perhaps it's your comments similarity to the attitudes put forth by Old Man Warner that I find disconcerting, or that you would so quickly decry those speaking out that irks me.
Either or, it's as I said before this generation needs it's voice, if they choose to break the law in that process that's their prerogative. Is it your place then to be clucking your tongue at them and questioning their non-violent behavior as they fight for what they believe in?
Being called an idiot doesn't make me too happy. I believe I've responding by insinuating your ego is inflated and questioning your intelligence, these were mistakes and I apologize.