Thursday, March 09, 2006

When the Letter of the Law Trumps Common Sense... is time to re-examine the law. Or maybe just replace narrow-minded officials who can't see beyond their own lack of common sense. According to the Tampa Tribune, the wife of an Army man who is currently in Iraq, faces fines of up to $100 per day for displaying a 'Support Our Troops' sign in front of her house. The reason for this? The homeowners' association where she lives prohibits all signs other than 'For Sale' or 'For Rent' in front of their homes in their association.

This strikes me as ridiculous. Event though the Homeowners' Association leader, himself an Army reservist, claims that if they allowed this, there would be nothing to stop people putting up negative signs, I disagree. Pro-American, patriotic signs should be above reproach. And if they insist on applying the law strictly, there is nothing stopping them from making a permanent exception to this type of banner.

The saddest part, to me, is that there has been no outcry from any of the supposedly pro-Free Speech organizations in this country. The ACLU and other groups that will fight to the death for pornography or anti-American speech are nowhere to be found. Nor is the so-caled Mainstream Media apparently interested in this apparent abuse of the First Amendment. Now, can anyone imagine if this had been an anti-American sign? The ACLU would have been on the scene, together with members of the Exempt Media in seconds. But because these organizations disagree with this message, they will not take up the fight for pro-American speech, thus displaying how morally bankrupt they truly are. For shame!

Hat tip to Matt Drudge.

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