A series of anti-Obama signs in New Orleans’ Uptown neighborhood have raised the ire of a local city councilwoman, who promises to exploit “whatever we can use” to have them removed. And former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has personally intervened to try to talk the homeowner, Timothy Reily, into squelching his freedom of speech.
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Reily posted three placards expressing his displeasure with the president on his property at the corner of Calhoun and Coralie streets. One depicts Obama as a crybaby, complete with diaper, proclaiming, “It’s Not My Fault.” Rush Limbaugh recently read six pages of headlines featuring Obama blaming the sad state of national affairs on everything from the Arab spring to the Japanese tsunami.
Another portrays Obama in a dunce cap translating the economic maxims of “Obamics 101” into plain English. It includes such phrases as “Progress=”Redistribution of Wealth” and “Stimulus=9.2 percent unemployment.”
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A third states Obama is a puppet of George Soros. Last November, this author noted the Soros-funded Center for American Progress issued a paper encouraging Obama to rule by executive order the same day word leaked that George Soros told a meeting of the Democracy Alliance, “if this president can’t do what we need, it is time to start looking somewhere else.” Obama has since stepped up his use of executive powers and federal regulations.
The signs have incensed some in Reily’s neighborhood. Maya Rodriguez of WWL-TV reports some of Reily’s neighbors gathered outside his home and complained:
“He wouldn’t do that to [President] Bush, I’m sure. It’s just insulting. It’s insulting,” said C.C. Campbell-Rock. “He’s going to have to take them down.”
“This is nothing put pure racism,” said Raymond Rock. “This is a disgrace.”
Former Mayor Ray Nagin went into the home, apparently to pressure Reily to remove the signs, but thankfully came out empty-handed. (Reily’s refusal will not be remembered as Nagin’s most catastrophic failure.)
Incensed, the Left called out the boys in blue. WWL-TV reports City Council Member Susan Guidry called the police. Guidry, a Democrat who was elected in March 2010 with the endorsement of SEIU Local 21, said she would investigate any grounds that could be used to remove the sign, “perhaps the size of the sign, perhaps the way that it’s erected.” She told the press, “Whatever we can use, we will,” adding as an afterthought, “but of course, we do have to balance that with First Amendment rights.”
The president has progressively intensified his war on any expression of disapproval. During the 2008 campaign, Sinclair Broadcasting reported that the Obama campaign pressured its stations not to air an ad tying Obama to Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. He has established multiple ways for citizens to turn in anyone who speaks ill of his far-Left political agenda, from firstname.lastname@example.org to the new Attack Watch. He has engaged in a taxpayer-funded covert propaganda campaign, which Congressman Darrell Issa has said may be illegal, and which employs blogger Tracy Russo to respond to anti-Obama internet postings anonymously or under a pseudonym. Issa is investigating allegations that the Obama administration pressured Ford to pull an anti-stimulus ad from the airwaves and the internet.
Even signs posted on someone’s private property as an expression of the First Amendment are not beyond the reach of the Left’s duly elected thugs.
If the government cannot stifle free speech, it hopes acts of demonization and shame will, hence the empty allegations of “racism.” And no, surely no one would do that to George W. Bush.
The crybabies on the Left represent the greatest threat to our freedom, whether the First, Second, or Tenth Amendments. America needs more citizens willing to stand up for their beliefs. Apparently the Democrats believe nothing represents a greater threat to their hold on power.
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