Ok to take political signs in parks, according to local writer

Reminiscent of Ronald Reagan’s defining response to Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential debates, “There you go again,” more Romney signs were stolen, this time a full truckload.

Excerpt from GOPUSA:

Four men were arrested in Ohio for stealing Mitt Romney signs. The men were arrested early in the morning on Friday after the F-150 truck they were driving was filled with the campaign signs. The truck is registered to the Sheet Metal Workers International, Union Local 33 in Parma, Ohio.

At least these thieves were arrested for receiving stolen property.

However, in today’s Rockford Register Star, one local letter writer, “Keep our parks beautiful” suggests that people may politely and neatly remove private property (political signs) from public parks, if they so choose, to preserve the beauty of the parks.


After all, no one who owns the parks was asked permission to have the signs placed. Without disrespect, we are all free to remove those political signs that have been placed on city or Prk District land.

Private property and First Amendment rights don’t seem to have the same value they once did in America, do they? The “Entitlement Mentality” to do what one wishes to do, when they wish to do it, has replaced the law!

Excerpt from GOPUSA:

People should be on the lookout in these closing days for anything suspicious regarding illegal voting activities… or in this case… flat out theft.



  1. Adam Faber

    There you go again, Ted. We have established that sign theft is not a first amendment violation. Do you think that repeating that over and over will somehow validate your fundamental misunderstanding of our Constitution?

  2. If it isn’t a 1st Amendment violation, stealing that many signs would certainly constitute a felony, and possibly a criminal conspiracy, perhaps even involving the union. If they crossed State lines in the commission of these crimes, it could be considered a Federal case, not that our Leftist AG would bother to prosecute them.

    See what other Leftist thugs are doing…


  3. shawnnews

    Ted, what are signage laws for candidates? I see signs grouped together with no real logic — competing candidates for example. Where can candidates place signs?

  4. Adam Faber

    Snuss, in Illinois theft is a felony if the value is $500 or more, so a full truckload is probably a felony. I can’t imagine why Ted likes to show off his stubborn ignorance by continuing to pretend that sign theft is a first amendment violation, but he’s quite persistent. He has, after all, said that constitutional issues are “granular” and he’s not concerned about the Constitution.

  5. Jeff Brown

    It’s amazing what lengths people without character will go to support their beliefs. This starts with the members of Local 33 with their blinders on (likely 24/7) who have probably now realized in hindsight how stupid their act was. It extends to anyone arguing that removing signs from a public party is legal in defense of these mens’ cowardly and shallow acts, particularly when there was apparently not one Obama sign in the truck. At the end of the day, it was just plain wrong to do and even worse given that it wasn’t just one man’s stupid act, but with three peers who all conspired together to do this – versus working in a positive fashion to promote their candidate. While their act is not a reflection on all Obama supporters, it certainly suggests that anyone attempting to water-down or justify what they did also needs to take a big step back and recognize that he himself is a man without character.

  6. Adam, he shows off his ignorance all the time. Now the goon has somehow equated political sign theft to what he deems an “entitlement mentality”.

    Wonder what he would call it if the signs stolen were for a liberal candidate?

    Another thing, why quote a local writer who advocates removing ALL political signs from public property with an entitlement mentality? Let me guess? She’s got to be a leftwing treehugger for wanting to keep the parks neat and tidy?

    That being said, I think people should keep their hands off political signs……………just like I posted as a comment to her letter.

  7. I did find something new that may relate to this issue: The Bane Civil Rights Act, Civil Code § 52.1, which authorizes individuals whose Constitutional and statutory rights have been interfered with by threats, intimidation, or coercion, to bring a civil action for damages including reasonable attorneys’ fees. It is a California law, and can be filed against an individual. But, I need more time to research it.

  8. On a related note…(Leftist thugs)….

    We can learn a lot from Democrats by what they oppose. While Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings tells us there is no vote fraud, fellow Maryland congressional candidate Wendy Rosen is committing federal felonies by voting both in Maryland and Florida. While the NAACP is leading the charge against photo voter identification, Lessadolla Sowers from the NAACP heads off to prison for voting for dead voters. While Brian Moran, Virginia’s Democrat chair, rails against voter integrity, his nephew Pat is caught on camera plotting the use of forged documents at the polls to help President Obama.

    Indeed, we learn much by what they oppose. It certainly explains their existential opposition to True the Vote’s training of the poll-watching army on Tuesday.

    But this year, their hypocrisy has reached a diabolical crescendo. The Obama campaign has sought to unleash law enforcement officials across the United States against law-abiding citizens who exercised state and federal laws to clean up the voter rolls and monitor the polls.

    It is bad enough when Eric Holder refuses to enforce laws to maintain the voter rolls. It is even worse when his political buddies like Obama campaign lawyer Robert Bauer try to intimidate people who clean up Holder’s mess by badgering state election officials.

    As Michael Barone aptly identified this crowd years ago – Obama runs a thugocracy. For that reason alone, in a land that loves liberty, they must be removed from power on Tuesday.

    Read more at:http://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2012/11/03/danny-devitos-union-thugs-and-tuesdays-vote/

  9. If I’m remembering correctly, candidates are allowed to place up to two signs on Park District property within 60 days of an election. People who take those signs down are violating the law.

    And, another thing, as to the letter writer’s comment about “no one who owns the parks was asked permission.” Taxpayers own the parks; candidates are taxpayers; and the policy allows them to place the signs.

  10. More Democrat law-breaking….

    HOUSTON, TX – Friday afternoon at an early polling place located at 6719 W. Montgomery Road in Houston, NAACP members were seen advocating for President Barack Obama according to volunteer poll watchers on location at the time.

    According to Eve Rockford, a poll watcher trained by voter integrity group True the Vote, three NAACP members showed up to the 139 precinct location with 50 cases of bottled water and began handing bottles out to people standing in line. While wearing NAACP labeled clothing, members were “stirring the crowd” and talking to voters about flying to Ohio to promote President Barack Obama.

    After watching what was occurring, Rockford approached Polling Supervisor Rose Cochran about what she was seeing.

    “I went to the polling supervisor and let her know that it was not appropriate that they were in the building handing out water. She ignored me. I repeated my statement. She told me that she would handle it. She did nothing. I then went to the assistant supervisor and he stood up, walked over to another table and then sat down. I then walked into the waiting room and they were reloading another dolly with more cases of water,” Rockford said in a True the Vote incident report.

    After handing out water and advocating for President Obama, the NAACP members started handpicking and moving people to the front of a long voting line inside the polling place according to the incident report. After multiple complaints from voters about the line cutting, Rockford received a phone call from downtown telling her to “stand down.”

    “All of the sudden one of the clerks, Dayan Cohen, said that someone wanted to speak to me on the phone. It was someone from downtown. I got on the phone and she said she was from downtown and that I needed to stand down and that it was okay for the NAACP to be within 100 ft. and they could hand out water. I told her that the NAACP was inside the building, wearing the NAACP clothing and caps and were handing out water and moving people from the back of the lines to the front of the lines,” Rockford said.

    At this point, NAACP members were instructed to turn their clothing inside out, which they refused to do and said they weren’t going to stop their actions inside the polling place. Their behavior and actions to move people to the front of the line continued for the rest of the evening. Texas State Representative Sylvester Turner, a former Texas NAACP leader, was also seen outside the building talking with voters.

    “The NAACP basically ran this poll location and the judges did nothing about it,” Rockford said.


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