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The mayor of Silverton, Colorado, Shane Fuhrman, unilaterally decided during a public trustee meeting that the pledge of allegiance was now banned, saying he did so because of some “direct and indirect threats, inappropriate comments in and out of public meetings and general divisiveness and issues created in our community.”
One trustee immediately challenged Fuhrman’s ruling, noting that the trustees had voted in favor of reciting the pledge at an earlier meeting, and that the mayor had no right to rescind that vote unilaterally. Fuhrman shrugged and demanded a citation of some law saying he couldn’t do it.
When someone insisted on using their comment period to recite the pledge anyway (with the rest of the audience and some officials joining in), Fuhrman, who wa elected by a margin of only 10 votes, threatened to have them removed for daring to exercise their first amendment rights by doing so.
A video of these events is embedded below.
Recognize what has happened here. A government elected official has decided he has the power to determine what people can say at a public meeting, and if he doesn’t like it he has the right to silence them and remove them, even to the point of having them arrested for doing so. This makes the government in Silverton no different than any other dictatorship anywhere else in the world. There is no freedom of speech, since the whole point of the first amendment was to give ordinary citizens the right to air their grievances against the government, at any time, at any place, for any reason. In Silverton this jack-booted member has decided such things as freedom of speech cannot be allowed.
We must also consider the actual words of the pledge that Fuhrman finds so objectionable. Here they are, in plain English:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
I wonder what Fuhrman objects to in that pledge. Could it be the phrase “with liberty and justice for all”? Maybe he doesn’t like pledging allegiance to the United States, and would rather be a citizen of China? Or maybe he is offended by the words “under God.” My goodness, how horrible.
If Fuhrman’s actions were rare it wouldn’t matter that much. Unfortunately his actions, and apparent hate for America, are now typical in numerous places nationwide where leftist ideologues control local governments. Dare to challenge them and they will quickly use the force of law to have you arrested. And the police are glad to oblige, following orders like any good concentration camp guard.
As I quoted Rudy Giuliani yesterday, “America is not America any longer. We do not live in a free state.”
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