Monday, October 16, 2006

No Ticket

It's almost always a cop. And it almost always happens in a conservative state. Why do people feel that the First Amendment only applies to those that agree with the current government? And why do these same people feel it is a great crime to have a differing opinion? The answer is conservative ignorance that leads to blindly following anything conservative leaders say.
This time the offense to the Bill of Rights comes from Atlanta, Georgia. The victim was a 47 year-old nurse named Denise Grier. Her crime was having a bumper sticker that said, "I'm Tired Of All The BUSHIT." She was fined $100 by the DeKalb County police department for this bumper sticker. So she did what she should have done and went to court.
Luckily, the judge in DeKalb County was not as big an idiot as the police officer giving the ticket. He threw out the ticket because it was filed under the state's lewd decal law. This law was ruled unconstitutional in 1990. Apparently, the police officer doesn't care if laws are unconstitutional. If the bumper sticker offended him, then he must use his power to write a ticket.
Grier has taken the case to federal court because she wants protection. She stated that she is, "uncertain and insecure regarding her right to display her bumper sticker in DeKalb County." And good for her. I think it is a grand idea to stand up for her right to free speech. Political speech is often challenged when it is against the party in power. This has been especially true when conservatives have been in control. I'm tired of the rights for the "wrong" side being trampled on. Let this be a lesson to those that would do such a thing. If you don't agree with someone's opinion, get over it.

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