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Tea Party Fights For Its Patriotic Rights

May 13, 2011 by  

Tea Party fights for its patriotic rightsA Tea Party group has sued officials in Coldwater, Mich. to challenge a policy that prohibits banners in city parks.

According to United Press International, the Common Sense Patriots of Branch County, Mich. filed the lawsuit claiming that the ban violates the 1st Amendment’s freedom of speech provision. Last November, the Coldwater City Council outlawed banners in city parks after it fielded complaints regarding the Tea Party’s promotional banners.

Attorney John Hutchison, legal counsel for the city of Coldwater, recently attempted to clarify the ban by saying that it applied to signs that are “affixed to real property and fixtures” and not to banners that are held in hand, Michigan Capitol Confidential reported. Hutchison added that he hopes to work with the Common Sense Patriots to craft an amendment to the ban.

Meanwhile, lawmakers in Arizona have approved a law that would protect citizens’ rights to hang the historic Gadsden flag, which is a popular symbol for the Tea Party movement. The bill, which has been approved by the State Senate and House, would prevent homeowner and condominium associations from prohibiting residents from flying the black-on-yellow flag that reads, “Don’t Tread on Me,” according to the Arizona Daily Star.

If signed by Republican Governor Jan Brewer, the bill would give the flag featuring a coiled rattlesnake the same protected status as the United States flag.

In response to Democratic claims that the law would set a dangerous precedent for other political flags, State Representative David Gowan (R-Sierra Vista) said that the Gadsden is “the first American flag, and that’s what we’re celebrating,” the news source reported.

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  • granny mae

    Gee ! I fly that flag on my property everyday along side my American flag ! I like the idea of it. My American flag says I am a true patriot and love my country and the don’t tread on me flag says I will protect that American flag with everything I have ! This is my country and my flag and we stand together for the Constitution of the United States of America ! In this family it says, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands. One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all .”

    • independant thinker

      I fly the US flag, the Gadsden flag, and the Confederate battle flag While I do not fly my flags every day When I put up one I put up all three and the PC bunch be dammed.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        I fly mine 24/7! They are illuminated and are all weather flags. cost me a pretty penny, but I love them both! I fought for that flag and will defend what it stands for with my life, if need be!

    • EddieW

      Granny Mae
      As an ongoing member of the TEA party, They scared the crap out of me, advocating to make the Patriot Act permanent, so parts of it wouldn’t have to be voted in every year..Do they hate the Constitution, that they would support this evil?? looks to be! I’ve been hopin we get more repub’s in congress and start repealing the evil thing!!

      • Average Joe

        Actually, I am hoping that we start electing more “statesmen” (like Ron Paul) and less politicians (Snake oil salesmen).

  • Robert Wayne

    Libturds hate the Confederate flag too. And I definitely fly it at my home. I guess it’s just a matter of time before the federal goons TRY to force me to take it down though.

    • Average Joe

      I do one better….I have an old 48 star flag that I fly. When someone notices and asks me about it, I tell them that I don’t recognize Alaska and Hawaii….and therefore, even if Obama was born in Hawaii…he still isn’t a US citizen in my book….lol

  • Former Walmart person

    Real men would put up the banners and force the cops to tase them in public to get them taken down. May the tasered screams of real patriots ring true in the air.

    Time for a hardcore group like the Branch Davidans to emerge who really have the balls to truly challange the system. All we need is another Waco to very clearly show how wicked and evil our government is to all the dumbed down masses. May the children burned alive in Waco be avenged with the cause of freedom.

    This preceding post in no way condones pre-empitive violence. On the contrary I beleive in the example of Buddhist monks, forcing the police to murder them in public. He who shoots and shoot first loses in this world.

    • Dan az

      I guess that is what you would call separation of church and state.

      • Korean Vet

        Dan-Az, –maybe I might give your wording a “Change” for the Better-!
        LET”S CHANGE THE PHASE TO–”A Separation of CHURCH & HATE-!” (What do
        You Think-?) Agreed–!?

        • Dan az

          Thats a keeper!

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Korean Vet,
          I prefer separation of everlasting life and everlasting death!!

    • EddieW

      If you pay any attention to RTR Restore The Republic, that group you want is already in existance…they photograph cops, doing what they shouldn’t be doing, then get beeat up by them, and taken to jail,,,yet they get their videos public on youtube, and so much static the case is dismissed, and the officer repromanded, or even fired!!! Great bunch!! RTR dot org!

  • GRusling


    Too many dead children…

  • http://com i41

    I like to have my Confederate flag on my cap and a T shirt on that says, “Speak English or get the Hell out of the USA”. The PCed freaks wig out but I get more thumbs up and right on in public up north. Since there is several rezs around here and the indians are alway whining and raising hell and wanting more taxpayers money. The last 6 months there is sticks that say, “feed the indains, please give them all your unwanted dogs, so they can go Native”!

  • jibbs

    No right to resist illegal cop entry into home
    By Dan Carden | Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 3:36 pm | (128) Comments

    : Supreme Court ruling in Barnes v. State
    INDIANAPOLIS | Overturning a common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes.

    In a 3-2 decision, Justice Steven David writing for the court said if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer’s entry.

    “We believe … a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence,” David said. “We also find that allowing resistance unnecessarily escalates the level of violence and therefore the risk of injuries to all parties involved without preventing the arrest.”

    David said a person arrested following an unlawful entry by police still can be released on bail and has plenty of opportunities to protest the illegal entry through the court system.

    The court’s decision stems from a Vanderburgh County case in which police were called to investigate a husband and wife arguing outside their apartment.

    When the couple went back inside their apartment, the husband told police they were not needed and blocked the doorway so they could not enter. When an officer entered anyway, the husband shoved the officer against a wall. A second officer then used a stun gun on the husband and arrested him.

    Professor Ivan Bodensteiner, of Valparaiso University School of Law, said the court’s decision is consistent with the idea of preventing violence.

    “It’s not surprising that they would say there’s no right to beat the hell out of the officer,” Bodensteiner said. “(The court is saying) we would rather opt on the side of saying if the police act wrongfully in entering your house your remedy is under law, to bring a civil action against the officer.”

    Justice Robert Rucker, a Gary native, and Justice Brent Dickson, a Hobart native, dissented from the ruling, saying the court’s decision runs afoul of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

    “In my view the majority sweeps with far too broad a brush by essentially telling Indiana citizens that government agents may now enter their homes illegally — that is, without the necessity of a warrant, consent or exigent circumstances,” Rucker said. “I disagree.”

    Rucker and Dickson suggested if the court had limited its permission for police entry to domestic violence situations they would have supported the ruling.

    But Dickson said, “The wholesale abrogation of the historic right of a person to reasonably resist unlawful police entry into his dwelling is unwarranted and unnecessarily broad.”

    This is the second major Indiana Supreme Court ruling this week involving police entry into a home.

    On Tuesday, the court said police serving a warrant may enter a home without knocking if officers decide circumstances justify it. Prior to that ruling, police serving a warrant would have to obtain a judge’s permission to enter without knocking.

    • Dan az

      I think the patriot act gave them the right to do anything they want with out the need for a warrant.It needs to be repealed!

    • Cawmun Cents

      No knock warrants huh?And the progressives say they want to go into the future and not go back to the past.Here in the great state of California they have enacted a law which states that law enforcement can confiscate all weapons in the residence during a domestic violence call.They have just created a law which will kill many innocent people in the name of safety.You see folks wont call the po-po if they think their guns will be taken away.So unnecessarily some people who would have called the authorities,now simply wont.And any prevention an enforcement agent may have provided(admittedly not much)is now non-existent thanks to the progressive legislature in California.

  • rae

    as so often happens, the tea party has lost sight of it’s purpose. Forget banners in the park, that isn’t real important right now. What they need to be doing is getting on the backs of those elected to keep their promises. Once elected, they seem to forget the promises they made…..the tea party needs to remind them, often, they are in office because they made certian promises….and they need to keep them. Help fight the unions that run this country….help get bo out of office and until he is out, keep him from doing any more damage to our country.

  • http://com i41

    rae, as with any organization when too many fringe groups try to infiltate and take over any organization when they have failed, is the biggest problem. The John Birchers, Libertains, enviors, and others are pushing their agendas all the time.. Ever so often when the fringers getto dominatingthe meetings, some one needs to pull the group back to reality.


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