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Town Makes Obama Dissent Illegal
The Western Center for Journalism ^ | November 1, 2013 | B. Christopher Agee

Posted on 11/02/2013 8:56:09 AM PDT by ThE_RiPpEr.

In recent months, a loosely coordinated band of activists have displayed anti-Obama signs from atop overpasses across the U.S. After one town cracked down on the practice, conservatives involved in the movement are crying foul.

Officials in Campbell, Wis. recently passed legislation that specifically targets signage displayed within 100 feet of a bridge, precisely the areas targeted by the so-called “Overpasses for Impeachment” campaign.

Town Chairman Scott Johnson claims the decision stemmed from “them distracting people,” which he said “constituted a safety risk.”

Despite insistence that the new laws are designed to combat distracted driving, Tea Party-aligned activists naturally feel that they are being targeted. With permanent signs displayed on countless overpasses and individuals holding roadside banners for any number of causes, there seems to be little evidence these protesters are any more distracting than other highway diversions.

One individual’s attempt to simply display a flag from the town’s pedestrian bridge earned a $132 citation. Additionally, when protesters tried to work within the constraints of the law by wearing shirts that spell out “IMPEACH” instead of holding signs, police came in to disperse the activists.

Local resident Tony Curtis said that the town is “hiding behind safety as an excuse,” explaining that protesters were told they could engage in free speech provided they found another location. The bridge, however, provides the greatest platform through which they can engage the public.

Campbell lawmakers, many in the group feel, are attempting to stifle the right to express a conservative opinion. The use of city ordinances to outlaw these effective protests could ultimately catch on, leading to similar outcomes in other communities.

In response to what they say is discriminatory behavior, Tea Party activists in the vicinity are considering taking legal action against Campbell.

Governments have long used the power of lawmaking to keep dissension in check. The First Amendment to our Constitution, however, provides each citizen the right to publicly express his or her opinion.

Hopefully, this case will ultimately set a precedent, making it harder for municipalities to stifle free speech based on political ideology.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: impeach; obama; overpasses; protest; wisconsin
I am one of the protestors that has been harassed by the Town of Campbell for expressing my constitutional rights.

More information and video's of the events can be found here:

http://www.lacrosseteaparty.com/

We need your support to put pressure on these tyrants.

I will be happy to answer any of your questions.

1 posted on 11/02/2013 8:56:09 AM PDT by ThE_RiPpEr.
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

are billboards legal in that locale?

if so, there’s the precedent for legal action against the town censors


2 posted on 11/02/2013 8:59:09 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.
In response to what they say is discriminatory behavior, Tea Party activists in the vicinity are considering taking legal action against Campbell.

Sounds like there could be cause, that's for sure.

Petty small-town tyrants trying to impress their Hero?

3 posted on 11/02/2013 9:00:42 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.
Town Chairman Scott Johnson claims the decision stemmed from “them distracting people,” which he said “constituted a safety risk.”

The ALL the signs visible from the highway, advertising everything from Big Mac's to Motels and elections, exits, fuel stops, intersections and especially those lighted blinking road hazard warnings are also "Distracting". IOW you are what you are, a political hack Johnson.

4 posted on 11/02/2013 9:01:25 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

Costs fifty bucks to file suit.

What are you waiting for?


5 posted on 11/02/2013 9:03:51 AM PDT by patton (“Really? Have you tried chewing cloves?”)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.
They obviously aren't showing the right amount of ardor for our glorious leader! Perhaps they need to spend some time in re-education so that they can better understand all the historic, unprecedented things he has done for them!


Does that even need the sarcasm tag?
6 posted on 11/02/2013 9:04:02 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

Then all speed, warning, and informational signs the government posts, need to be removed.

If signs are too distracting, then they must be done away with.


7 posted on 11/02/2013 9:07:42 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (People will retain the power to control the Government, or it will retain the power to control them.)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.
Local resident Tony Curtis said that the town is "hiding behind safety as an excuse," explaining that protesters were told they could engage in free speech provided they found another location.

Most of today's soft tyranny is justified by "safety" for one group or another. It's either for "the children" or "the poor" or one "minority" or another. People who value safety over freedom will soon find neither, only the cruel studded boot of a tyrant.

8 posted on 11/02/2013 9:08:20 AM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Don Corleone

Massachusetts Department of Transportation tried this trick a few years ago because the Lefties that run the state didn’t like displays of Patriotism for returning Vets....they cited “Safety Concerns” as well......I’m not sure of what happened behind the scenes, but the Leftist/Safetycrats lost that battle. These petty Fascists need to be chastised with the 1st Amendment.


9 posted on 11/02/2013 9:08:55 AM PDT by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: workerbee

Heir Hero...


10 posted on 11/02/2013 9:08:56 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (People will retain the power to control the Government, or it will retain the power to control them.)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

Test it. Put up signs that say things like

All hail to our glorious President Obama! The greatest genius of all time!

and

Obama is God!

If those things stay up then you file suit immediately.


11 posted on 11/02/2013 9:09:31 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

Why is it that with liberals, from the Soviet Union, China, and Hitler’s Germany, that their ideas always end up with fences?


12 posted on 11/02/2013 9:12:46 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

“Scott Johnson “

You guys need to add signs demanding a recall of this communist!


13 posted on 11/02/2013 9:13:39 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

Wouldn’t be any risk if Bush was in office.


14 posted on 11/02/2013 9:14:53 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: All

The Town of Campbell Wisconsin is uniquely situated on an island along the Mississippi river. The I-90 interstate divides the island in two.

The pedestrian overpass is the only safe location to reach an audience of this size.

These tyrants have also passed an ordinance only allowing ONE 1 foot by 2 foot sign for free speech on your own property - while allowing much larger and plentiful signs for commercial speech and candidates running for election.


15 posted on 11/02/2013 9:15:41 AM PDT by ThE_RiPpEr.
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To: patton
Costs fifty bucks to file suit.
What are you waiting for?


bingo.
16 posted on 11/02/2013 9:17:52 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: MeshugeMikey

Town of Campbell is basically an island in the Missisisippi near LaCrosse, which is one of the blue blotches on rural Wisconsin. Republican State Rep. Dan Kapanke was removed from office by a successful recall in this district for supporting Gov. Walkers reforms.


17 posted on 11/02/2013 9:19:03 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

1 - Put a sign on one bridge that says “Support Obama”.

2 - Put a sign on another bridge that says “Impeach Obama”.

3 - Wait for selective enforcement.

4 - Get a good Lawyer

5 - Sue them for every penny they have


18 posted on 11/02/2013 9:19:24 AM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don't need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

They have allowed the Democrat party to be on the overpass to promote candidates and remind their base to vote on election day.

Nope ... no bias here.


19 posted on 11/02/2013 9:19:28 AM PDT by ThE_RiPpEr.
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

20 posted on 11/02/2013 9:19:34 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

Suggest you seek out an objective media type.


21 posted on 11/02/2013 9:23:03 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: All

Here is a clever you tube video that can pretty much sum up the situation:

“Hitler Rants about Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment in Wisconsin’s Town of Campbell”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhRLH9k8w7Q&feature=youtu.be


22 posted on 11/02/2013 9:23:52 AM PDT by ThE_RiPpEr.
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

Ensure retractions are applied equally.

Use Billboards instead, as courts have settled that issue.

I’m not a fan of overpass banners, for ANY protest.


23 posted on 11/02/2013 9:24:48 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: bigbob

I suspect it was INVADED...by hordes from the more urban areas?


24 posted on 11/02/2013 9:32:40 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

No practice of free speech in that town of Wisconsin?

They need to take this to the Supreme Court. The town would lose!


25 posted on 11/02/2013 9:36:43 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Yep, including primarily those associated with the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, which has become a little haven for greasy-gray ponytail types.


26 posted on 11/02/2013 9:39:31 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.
The entire 120 miles of the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) has a similar rule.They claim to own the rights to all areas *above* the road itself,including the many bridges under which it passes.a great way for a People's Republic to stifle free speech.
27 posted on 11/02/2013 9:40:18 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

Campbell thinks it can piss all over the First Amendment?


28 posted on 11/02/2013 9:54:44 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.
Freedom to protest is not just for Obama approved protesters who blanketed cities across the USA last year...breaking city laws in the process...town councils, boards etc. too weak to stop the law breaking...sleeping in parks etc. but Campbell, Wis. decides not to allow any discourse/disgust about Barry Obama? That is disgusting. It is a fact that if Barry Obama were White instead of Negro, he would have been impeached by now for crimes against his country and countrymen.
29 posted on 11/02/2013 10:04:44 AM PDT by yoe ( Defund Obamacare now — or risk voter backlash in 2014)
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To: bigbob

“Town of Campbell is basically an island in the Missisisippi near LaCrosse, which is one of the blue blotches on rural Wisconsin. Republican State Rep. Dan Kapanke was removed from office by a successful recall in this district for supporting Gov. Walkers reforms.”
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The Town of Campbell police even blocked off a street during Wisconsin’s recall to allowing the useful idiots to protest outside Republican Senator Kapanke’s home.

Nope, no political bias in the Town of Campbell they claim, nothing to see here - move along......


30 posted on 11/02/2013 10:04:55 AM PDT by ThE_RiPpEr.
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To: patton

Equally important, if you win, you can force the the town to pay your costs and attorneys’ few, as Chicago was forced to when it lost the McDonald firearms case. GO FOR IT!!


31 posted on 11/02/2013 10:11:07 AM PDT by libstripper (Asv)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.
Smells like a Bill of Attainder.
32 posted on 11/02/2013 10:14:06 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: All

Here are links to the overpass movement:

https://www.facebook.com/OverpassesForObamasImpeachment

http://overpassesforamerica.com/


33 posted on 11/02/2013 10:21:58 AM PDT by ThE_RiPpEr.
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; ...

Campbell, WI constrains conservative free speech

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


34 posted on 11/02/2013 10:28:26 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

Sounds like the universities who illegally establish “free speech zones” that are on the opposite side of the campus from controversial leftist speakers.


35 posted on 11/02/2013 10:32:27 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the.tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

BUMP for later.

There are some FANTASTIC ideas to try here, that’s for sure.

God Bless Freepers, Everywhere! :)


36 posted on 11/02/2013 10:36:16 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: yoe

Can’t we impeach the WHITE half of him?


37 posted on 11/02/2013 10:37:55 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: CodeToad
Why is it that with liberals, from the Soviet Union, China, and Hitler’s Germany, that their ideas always end up with fences?

Common theme: they're all real big on banning things - telling you what you can and cannot do. They're all real big on government intervention in every part of your lives.

Basically take freedom and liberty and go the opposite direction. That's what "liberals" are all about. Meanwhile they lie their backsides off, claiming to be more "liberal" than anyone else. Look at their actions and the consequences of them, and try to tell me they are "liberal"...

38 posted on 11/02/2013 10:41:12 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

I’m certain this is how Hitler got his start.


39 posted on 11/02/2013 10:58:11 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.

Call the ACLU. This is a clear violation of the 1A.


40 posted on 11/02/2013 11:12:49 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Best laugh today!
Congratulations.


41 posted on 11/02/2013 11:25:26 AM PDT by GOYAKLA (Waiting for the Golden Screw to be removed from Obama's navel and his a$$ falls off!)
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To: ThE_RiPpEr.
Wis. recently passed legislation that specifically targets signage displayed within 100 feet of a bridge,

OK. so get some big balloons tethered to lines 100 feet plus the height of signage and float them over the bridges.

42 posted on 11/02/2013 11:31:57 AM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: Don Corleone

The TEA Party people should stand on the bridges with a new sign which reads, SCOTT’S JOHNSON IS IN OBAMA’S POCKET!


43 posted on 11/02/2013 12:29:30 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The Second Amendment makes all the other amendments possible)
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To: DoughtyOne

I think Spike Jones’ “Der Fuehrer’s Face” is fitting for this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZlFBSRrSR0&feature=player_embedded

It would be great if Paul Shanklin would update this song to make 0bama Der Fuehrer.


44 posted on 11/02/2013 12:38:52 PM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (Impeach 0bama)
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To: ErnBatavia

I live in the area and DH works in La Crosse.

There is no objective media.


45 posted on 11/02/2013 7:45:54 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: 2CAVTrooper

Actually, it’s amazing how much of it fits for the clown we have now. Good catch...


46 posted on 11/03/2013 7:15:08 AM PST by DoughtyOne (People will retain the power to control the Government, or it will retain the power to control them.)
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To: All

Update:

We have acquired the services of a nationally renowned law firm to represent us. Official announcement to be made soon.


47 posted on 11/22/2013 9:28:46 PM PST by ThE_RiPpEr.
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To: reformedliberal

‘’There is no objective media.’’

You got that right. The only “objective media” is Rush Limbaugh.


48 posted on 11/23/2013 5:42:31 AM PST by CMailBag
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