Ron Paul revolution scoffs at traffic safety
The Revolution will not use its rear-view mirrors.
Heard this one about the 18-year-old Ron Paul supporter whose fervor will cost him hundreds of dollars? An 18-year-old from Owatonna has had near-daily trouble with the law due to his oversized candidate sticker.
Cody Hauer has been cited four times in one week for displaying a 13-inch-by-40-inch "Ron Paul Revolution" decal in the rear window of his car. The problem is that such decals are illegal if they obstruct the driver's view.
These citations could amount to $550, and it's not like the Owatonna cops go looking for trouble. Police chief Shaun LaDue told the Associated Press that Hauer shows direspect for the officers every time he gets pulled over, and "talks himself into a citation each time."
Some would say this type of stubborn commitment to one's candidate is more than a bit stupid -- but I see it as justifiable contempt for these "laws" designed to enhance "public safety" based on being able to "see other cars." Humbug!
This type of civil disobedience is in the tradition of Ron Paul's hero, Martin Luther King. King fought to integrate the school system; Ron Paul wants to abolish the federal highway system, because, you know, who needs roads? Road users should pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
It's a modern civil rights struggle. Besides, if there were no federal highways, there would be fewer places for young men like Cody Hauer to get tickets.
Hauer says the cops are guilty of hassling him for "DWR -- driving while Republican." This is basically confirmed by the recent rash of police beatings involving Owatonna's Fred Thompson supporters. What's next, pastoral Minnesota? Turning the fire hoses on the many followers of Mike Huckabee with tinted windows? All for the so-called "crime" of putting a three-and-a-half-foot blockage in one's field of vision. The freedom to back over your neighbor's dog is in the Constitution somewhere, and if not, it should be.
Pity poor Cody Hauer. Maybe he should have used that $550 to buy ad time on the blimp instead.
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