I’ve always believed the First Amendment works both ways. Unfortunately when conservatives exercise their First Amendment rights, some ass-pilot has to jump in and block that freedom of expression, and they succeed in doing it far too often.
The Voter Fraud sign- which is part of the Ohio Revised Code- was deemed to be “racially offensive” and that it caused “voter intimidation” because it was put up in neighborhoods where voter fraud might be an issue (i.e. precincts that supported Obama heavily back in 2008.) Unfortunately Clear Channel caved in and removed the signs, leaving us with another public service announcement asking whether or not we know if we are using the right car seat.
Granted, car seat safety is important, but so is making sure people understand that when you vote you follow the rules. What is racist or intimidating about that- unless of course, your aim is to cheat, wink-wink? This sign should only be intimidating to potential cheaters as far as I’m concerned. What’s the problem? Oh, apparently conservatives are not protected by the First Amendment?
This really pisses me off.
I am voting- at my polling place on Nov. 6th, because early voting in Franklin County is being held at a location in a not-so-safe part of town, where I feel intimidated even in broad daylight- smack in the middle of the ‘hood. I’m sure I’m not the only one of a certain ethnic background (aka: white people) who feels that way either. But I am voting once, under one name, after showing my ID and signing the book, in accordance with Ohio law. The voter fraud billboard wouldn’t bother me in the least if it were displayed in my little corner of suburbia- or on every corner- because I plan on following the rules. Why is it “offensive” down in the ‘hood? Why do I have to be afraid to go to the early voting center because of how it’s oh, so strategically placed? Which voters are being intimidated here?
I may not vote early, for fear of not surviving the parking lot of the early voting center in one piece, or with a car in one piece, but I’m still voting. I just want to be sure my name is in the book at my precinct and that my ballot is counted correctly.
I’m not a confectioner and I don’t candy coat the truth. Racism sucks no matter which direction it’s pointed, and frankly I am tired of being made to feel guilty for being white and for refusing to apologize for being conservative.
It breaks my heart to see what Obama has done in this country, but especially in the arena of race relations. I have friends of many different races – even Jerry is mostly Native American- and it makes me sad to see the veracity with which most black people hold on to the very ideologies that keep them from achieving more and getting off of governmental dependence. I hate Obama’s politics not because he’s half black but because his politics are dangerous and wrong. As far as I’m concerned Marxism, socialism and communism are failed ideologies that need to be consigned to the waste bin of history- just like the list of “50 difficult things you can do to ‘save the earth'” list the greenies put out some time ago (which would be funny- if it wasn’t so downright lamebrained.)
I am afraid Obama’s woeful mishandling of foreign policy, his utter ignorance of history, and his thorough disdain for the importance of the Constitutional mandate for national defense is going to prove to be deadly for not only the US but the rest of the formerly free world.
As far as displaying billboards with laws and penalties on them, why aren’t the smokers screaming about this one:
I don’t condone smoking. In fact, I loathe it in my car and in my house and Jerry is well aware of that fact. But the anti-smoking sign follows the same principle of the voter fraud sign- the no smoking sign would only prove offensive to those who wish to violate the no smoking rule- yet these puppies are posted in just about every public place where a smoker might think it safe to light up. It’s supposed to deter the smoker from violating the law. What’s wrong with posting a law in a place where people may violate that law, to discourage them from violating that law? If it’s not the law and just a threat, I’d understand the whole intimidation charge. If it were legal to light up in public places and you posted a no smoking under penalty of law type sign then it would be intimidating smokers from doing something legal. People voting multiple times, dead people voting, and ineligible people voting is illegal. What’s the problem with pointing that out?
On a lighter note, Joe Biden made an appearance at the high school in Marion today (retch, gag, barf) but he forgot he was in OHIO and not IOWA. People in Ohio do know the difference between Ohio and Iowa. Ohio is further east and not quite as flat- for those not acquainted with the Midwest or who have never been to fly-over country. I hope the people in my hometown see through this laughable ass-clown. The Democrats have heavily contributed to fact the place has become a cracktown with very few jobs besides welfare. I will have to get the lowdown from the locals, but I don’t think he attracted too much of a crowd- other than the high school students who were probably forced to attend.