While liberals try to conflate enforcement of immigration laws with fascism, they’re more than happy to imprison U.S. citizens for expressing opinions they don’t like.
NBC New York reported a Rockland, Maine woman being harangued by the local government, demanding she remove pro-Trump signs from her private property, citing ordinances restricting signs in residences to be no more than two square feet. That’s a small sign, to be sure, and most political yard signs are closer to the 3’x2’ dimensions of Susan Reitman’s criminal posterboard. Of course, her signs were pro-Trump, reading, “He won, get over it,” and “I love Trump,” which means she does not qualify for basic constitutional protections. Or even equal treatment under the law.
Reitman, however, will have absolutely none of it. She’s stated clearly that she will not remove the signs, given her Constitutional right to free speech, and she will not pay the absurd fines she’s being threatened with. Truly a patriot, and clearly an advocate of peaceful civil disobedience, Reitman is taking a stand:
If I have to sit in jail for the rest of eternity, that’s my choice. I guess I’m being stubborn … but I’m not going to back down from what I believe.
The U.S. is a richer country for citizens like Reitman, who, under threat of fines, and even jail, refuses to kowtow to the authoritarian dictates that violate fundamental liberties. Fortunately, as we’ve seen countless examples of in recent months, the left is wholly oblivious to its own hypocrisy and/or stupidity, because, while signs may be restricted in size, they define signs in the code to include “picture, symbol, emblem, letter, object, flag or decorative device or combination of these,” going on to outline a number of exceptions, like flags of States and nations. Interestingly, this restriction seems like it applies to displayed house numbers, as they are “symbols” “designed to be seen from outside a building” and meant to “convey a message to the public concerning the identification of the premises.” Did I mention mailboxes, which are “objects” typically larger than the limit. Since any single descriptor is adequate, we can stop there. Plastic flamingos, garden gnomes, and decorative fountains are all “signs” by this definition. Even a tree is an object designed to be seen from outside the building.
Taken to an even more absurd extreme, as defined by Ch. 19, Sec. 19-302, something is a sign if it an “object” that is “designed to be seen from outside a building” and “may be purely decorative.” I guess the war on Christmas is real, because I’ve never seen Christmas decorations under two square feet. Or Halloween for that matter. I hope the Rockland police force is ready for a crime wave come late October, when criminals around the country will be displaying “signs” well above the two square foot limit, like Jack-o-lanterns, spooky ghosts, or even that sinister fake cobweb spray stuff. The real question, I suppose, is how does one determine the square footage of fake cobwebs?
Ch. 19, Sec. 19-302
Sign. “Sign” means a picture, symbol, emblem, letter, object, flag or decorativde device or combination of these, whether illuminated or not, which is designed to be seen from outside a building. A sign may convey a message to the public concerning the identification of the premises or to advertise or promote the interests of any private or public firm, person or organization, or may be purely decorative. “Sign” does not include the flag, pennant or insignia of any nation, State, or political subdivision. Nor shall it include the type of signs described in Title 23 § 1913 (1) of the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated.