Skip to comments.Maine July 4th Parade Spectators Speak Out on Reagan Coffin Float of Bobbing Head:"Nancy Who?"
Posted on 07/10/2004 1:30:37 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
Letters to the Editor of The Lincoln County News in Damariscotta, Maine speak out in July 8th weekly edition on "anonymous[4th of July]parade float" depicting former President Reagan bobbing in and out of his coffin with a reference to his Alzheimer's disease, "Nancy who"?
GOOD TASTE NOT CENSORSHIP
To the Editor:
I attended the 4th of July parade in Rond Pond this year for the first time. Even though I don't agree with their politics, I found the anti-Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld floats quite amusing. But the float showing Ronald Reagan in a coffin with a headstone was in extremely poor taste. Also the attached sign that said "Nancy who?", mocking Reagan's Alzheimer's disease was disgusting! In a nation of rapidly declining morals people not standing up/talking/wearing hats during the Star Spangled Banner and general disrespect for our country and what it stands for, I suppose one must not be offended. Whoever ran the parade should have had the decency to ban this flaot. That is not censorship, just good taste!
Jack Corson Pemaquid Lake
APPALLED BY UNPATRIOTIC PARADE ENTRIES
To the Editor:
It is always exhilarating to come back to Maine for the summer and see Mainers celebrating summer with such verve. To me this means houses being painted, gardens planted, flags displayed and the Round Pond 4th of July parade.
Yesterday I took friends from Florida to the parade, wanting to show them the wonderful spirit of the people of Maine. Instead I was terribly embarrassed and disappointed. Whas has always been such a fun, positive event was marred by serious negative attacks on the President of the United States.
Parades in the past have had positive political advertising and even fun political mockery. But yesterday, rather than positive or fun political floats, I was stunned by deeply negative and serious attacks on our president. These anonymously produced attacks were distasteful, inappropriate and unpatriotic. I was appalled as were my guests.
Betsy Kinkle Walpole
EDITORIALLY SPEAKING FREE EXPRESSION AND RESPONSIBILITY
Freedom of speech means allowing someone you disagree with to state their opinion. This is difficult if the ideology is the antithesis of what you believe.
Freedom of speech also means choices. Do you want to put things a certain way in order to elicit the most intense reaction to your words?
Suppose you area at a 4th of July parade, a very public venue, intending to celebrate the hard fought birth of American independence and these United States. Imagine your surprise that one flat depicts former President Ronald Reagan bobbing in and out of this coffin and there is a reference to his Alzheimer's disease, "Nancy who?"
The anonymous parade float creator has the right to promote a demean depiction of the moving and stirring national eulogy to Pres.Reagan last month. However, the right to free expression comes with the responsibility for good taste and acceptable behavior. The opposite is true in this case.
Those who temper their statements and opinions with less shock and stridency are much more likely to strike a chord with someone with a dissenting viewpoint. Exhibitionism for the sake of making a point is an immature affront to a very serious freedom we all share. (The editor)
Following the parade a crowd of about 100 (locals and tourists) took in the hard rock band -the Round Pond Rangers, ate blueberry pie and attended an art display on the pier.
Noah Myers fed the gaping jaws of a Hummer SUV various simulated body parts as the driver, Paul Jumar, shouted: "I'm getting hungry! Feed me!" When one young woman cried out in protest, Myers quickly yelled:" God Bless America and all its oil companies!"
[Note: Letters to the Editor above are not shown on line and I have transcribed them from the "dead tree" paper edition.]
Correction in spelling: Natasha Mayers, Noah Mayers.
It strikes me that the 'anonymous' float idea is pretty much asking for scum to turn out.
Why wasn't a match or lighter dropped on any of them?
Because nobody wants the responsibility to stand up for our country.
We are now a nation of cowards - and with such will be no better, if not worse than frnace or germany - socialist pigstys
Thanks for posting this.
Thank God, Maine has only about four or five electoral votes.
This goes hand in glove with the report of the 4th of July parade in Bainbridge Island, Washington. An Iraqi veteran, marching in uniform in the parade, was "treated" to numerous yells of "Baby Killer!"
Independence Day celebrations are in danger of becoming nothing more than a vehicle for the loonies to parade their extremism and hatred of America.
Are there pictures of this thing?
I don't think we should let their side forget they do things like this.
While it is true that we are afforded "free speech" in this country, such displays from the left (and the near riotous protests after the 2000 election) have shown that we may not have a peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next for very much longer.
Methinks that "WE" are better prepared for such and eventuality than "THEY" are?
I agree. I support free speech but this transcends everything.
What kind of idiots run that town??
Heaven help them if they try anything stupid. Maybe I should say "send em to hell and maybe hell will help them."
Pictures are only in the paper edition-sorry.
That would be the plan!
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I pulled this off your link.
How disgusting. Hey, Ron Jr.....NOW how do you feel???
Liberal scum = liberal scum.
This is SICK! Just Plain SICK!
[excerpt from her site]
Natasha Mayers is Whitefield's prime mover when it comes to the ARTS ! Since the 1970's she has been the single handed force behind making sure that ART is up front and in our town, and in our schools and everywhere else it belongs.
When our school boards felt forced with their limited funds to cut the important Art program , it was Natasha who researched, motivated, created and got funding for some of the most innovative volunteer Arts programs in Maine - for our children.
If flag burning is freedom of speech, why not float burning?
Checked out the "artsts" name.
And found some interesting crap about her..
POst 20 shows thr first two lines on her website.
Not even two lines into the spiel it says she does it all 'for the children'..
Between this and the desecration of the flag at the RR Ranch....I'm seeing red.
Bull PUCKY. She doesn't do ANYTHING for MY child!!!
These people are ....... oh never mind.
Being an artist of a sort myself, I know that some of these people really ARE insane.
Considering the 'art' she's doing, she is more into politics rather than actual creativity and furthering someone's abilities in art.
It was interesting to see the liberal disclaimer not two lines into that site saying that she's doing it 'for the children'..
Not my site, HER site.
She was part of the mental Ipecac skits afterwards.
As for teh float driving itself, twas a miracle!!
The reporter should be beaten with a typsetter's board, anonymity wouldn't have been possible had that float lampoon Teddy 'Swimmer' Kennedy's drive off a bridge or Clinton's 'tearful' Wellstone funeral walk.
The person(people)responsible for this stupid display aren't operating with a full deck.
And what they fail to realize is the enemy would kill them, in a heart beat, the same as they would us.
I remember this. It was in Cologne, Germany.
I'll bet, somehow, Clinton is responsible for this.
I guess you didn't read about the 4th of July parade on Bainbridge Island (Seattle), where they booed a Marine veteran, called him a murderer and a baby killer, after the MC called attention to him by asking him what he was a veteran of.
These people have all joined in the coalition of the wild-eyed and I suggest that we point that out, every chance we get. We should have people dressed as Al Gore, Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Moore at every election event, carrying a sign that says, "The coalition of the wild-eyed supports John Kerry."
Freedom of speech doesn't mean you can say ANYthing you want. You can't yell 'Fire' in a crowded theater. Free to be rude? Free to be insulting? Free to lie? Is that the kind of freedom you want? "Freedom" has a meaning, a context.
I hope people watching the parade turned their back and continue to do so when the Reagan flat creator comes around.
The sentiments I feel about these people and what I would I like to do to them I can't express on this board or the moderators would ban me.
I think things here in the U.S. are deteriorating rapidly to a point I have before witnessed since the Viet Nam War.
It's coming bro......
Ironic that the terrorists hate the Western culture because of the liberalism, isn't it?
Scratch the surface of a liberal, and you'll reveal a fascist.
I agree, there is something growing in this country that does not bode well.
There is a book which I have not yet read called The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe which describes how certain seemingly harmless events helped to form the foundation of major "turnings" in our country's history. What is significant about this book is the prediction that the Fourth Turning is due to arrive within the next few years......
"That is not censorship, just good taste! "
Wrong!...stand up for what it is...censor it and the results are of good taste!
Yes, it is.
What happened to the people who yelled "baby killer"?
Something, I hope.
Let's just say they are the enemy...and I guess that would make them playing into their own hands...;)
Already here. We are raising the "Hero" generation now.
From the web site:
---Natasha had helped children and adults in scores of towns create murals. From Maine to Ohio, from the Soviet Union to Granada, Nicaragua - from Nigeria to our State Prison, She has helped people express themselves. Some of her most rewarding work has been with people at the Augusta Mental Health Institute.---
No floats with a Clinton statue shaking his wing-wang??