No first amendment rights in Long Beach, New York!
The modern dark age: Because the town of Long Beach, New York has forced a Trump supporter to hide his car, festooned with pro-Trump and conservative messages, he is suing that town for $25 million for denying him is first amendment rights.
“I believe the city is trying to silence me because I’m pro-Trump,” [Michael Wasserman] told The Post. The 62-year-old entrepreneur has become known in the area for plastering his home — along with his Porsche and Jeep — with a rotating variety of political flags and stickers.
Now he has filed a $25 million federal suit — against the City of Long Beach, the chief of police, the city manager and specific police officers — after officials forced him to remove the flags on his cars.
The town claims they are a violation of an ordinance stating that “[No] sign shall be erected, affixed or maintained within the perimeter of any … public street or public property.” Wasserman parks his car on a public street outside his home.
“They’re bending and massaging the ordinance to fit the crime,” Wasserman told The Post. “This is a blatant attempt to silence me.”
The picture above shows Wasserman leaning on his car, with his home behind him, also covered with flags and political banners.
The city claims they are simply enforcing a law that forbids signage without permission on public streets. Yet, how are the signs on Wasserman’s car any different then every bumper sticker you see? They are not, and this is where Wasserman’s claim that it is pure political oppression seems confirmed.
Wasserman’s case is further reinforced by the treatment he gets generally in this blue-state New York town:
“[People] spit at me, drive by cursing me out,” he said of local residents. His Porsche, which is decorated with stickers — including one depicting Trump urinating on a CNN logo — is marred with scratches from people keying it.
But, he said, all the hate only strengthens his resolve. “If they didn’t try to cancel me, I probably wouldn’t be so prolific,” Wasserman told The Post, wearing a legally permitted gun, a $400 Kevlar bulletproof vest and a body camera because of “death notes on my car.” [emphasis mine]
The highlighted words illustrate how this persecution is not simply coming from the local government.
Ironically, not only was Wasserman a long-time Democrat until 2004, his lawyer is a self-described liberal who apparently is rightly putting the principles of free speech ahead of his political leanings. That lawyer also admits “that he has taken heat for representing Wasserman,” illustrating again how most partisan Democrats today have abandoned the ideas of due process and equal treatment before the law. Conservatives must be blacklisted, and even denied their right to legal representation. That lawyer should expect an effort to blacklist him as well should he win this case.
The left keeps ramping up the ugliness it exhibits against conservatives and any who dissent from its agenda. It has now gotten to the point where a conservative gets death threats and property vandalism for putting bumper stickers on his car, and his lawyer finds himself harassed for defending that man’s first amendment rights.
When are ordinary and decent freedom-loving Americans, of all political persuasions, going to rise up and condemn this ugliness? It needs to be condemned, and it needs to be condemned to the face of each person expressing such ugliness.
UPDATE: I decided I should give my readers a method for confronting these storm troopers directly. You can obtain the email addresses of the entire Long Beach, New York, city council at this website. You can reach the town’s city manager, whom Wasserman has named in the lawsuit, at this website. Let them know what you think of their jack-booted behavior.