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American tradition banned by liberal city council in interest of 'public safety'

Could it be that an American tradition will soon be illegal?

Citizens across the U.S. regularly use highway overpass to send messages.
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More evidence that our First Amendment rights are being diminished by local authorities and with the support of the mainstream media continue to surface across the country.

After a beloved San Antonio, Texas police officer was killed in the line of duty, thousands of citizens lined up on streets and highways to pay their respects during the funeral procession. Even the fire department parked their fire trucks and displayed banners and U.S. flags for support.

In Tacoma, Washington hundreds of residents lined up on freeway overpass to give support to American troops who were passing by.

It's a common sight to see patriotic Americans holding signs and flags on highway overpasses across the country in support of Wounded Warriors, fallen heroes, parades, and politicians campaigning.

But when citizens of the small town of Campbell, Wisconsin recently stood on an overpass protesting the president, the city board quickly moved to pass an ordinance making it illegal to erect or display signs on the pedestrian overpass.

Calling it a public hazard, the board members represent the suburb of La Crosse, an area that supported Barack Obama with over 60% of the votes in the last election.

“People of this community have used that overpass for many things over the year,” said Trisha Bower. “Why is it all of a sudden a public safety hazard is the big question many of us have.”

The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) has filed a lawsuit against the board’s new ordinance and asked for a temporary injunction until their lawsuit is heard by the courts.

After checking the 911 emergency calls from local law enforcement records, they discovered no evidence of any concerns or calls from the community of 4,400.

Claiming a violation of the First Amendment right of speech, TMLC attorney Erin Mersino said the city board “will be very hard pressed to prove that this actually serves any sort of public safety purpose.”

“This reminds me of when all the news broadcasts started making all that noise about that rodeo clown wearing an Obama mask,” commented Bower. “It was okay when clowns wore the Ronald Reagan masks but all of the sudden it is not.”

“Frankly, I am tired of the news people helping Obama try to take our rights away just because what they do, we do now but this time it doesn’t suit them now,” she continued.

The Obama protestors on the overpass each had a different letter on the front of their T-shirts so that when they lined up the front of the shirts spelled “impeached.” The back of T-shirts spelled Obama.

“Isn’t it peculiar that Obama and his administration work so hard to display an obvious pattern of abusing the Constitution and rights without any consequences,” asked Bower. “But these citizens can’t even use their First Amendment Rights, according to these council members?”

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