Florida- Veteran & Businessman fined $500 a day for posting ConstitutionSubmitted by christopher X on Fri, 02/27/2009 - 04:43
(full article at link)
Posted: February 26, 2009
10:05 pm Eastern
By Joe Kovacs
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
Herb Quintero says a mural of marine life on his store is artwork, not a sign, and he's now suing Clearwater, Fla. He's also being flooded with public support. (courtesy St. Petersburg Times)
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The fish tale in this Gulf Coast city is beginning to broil, and perhaps could be titled, "The Old Man and the Seethe."
Government officials are now accused of figuratively spitting in the face of U.S. veterans who defend the Constitution in connection with a man they've threatened to fine $500 per day for posting the First Amendment on his business
atop a mural of marine life, artwork the city claims is illegal.
WND brought the plight of Herb Quintero to national attention yesterday, as the owner of a bait and tackle store has filed a federal lawsuit against Clearwater to stop officials from fining him for the sea life designs and banner quoting the Bill of Rights.
The story struck an immediate chord with Americans fed up with what they perceive to be government overstepping its authority, and comments of outrage from across the nation and world are flooding in.
After reading the WND report, a U.S. officer assigned to the Multi-National Force in Iraq wrote a bitter e-mail to Jeff Kronschnabl, the director of code enforcement, saying he was "insulted" by the city's action.
"You have no right to override the Constitution and the principals for which so many men and women have fought and died to uphold," wrote Christopher (whose last name is being withheld). "You are in violation of the supreme law of the land, which supersedes some trivial contrary (and therefore illegal) code, and should immediately withdraw your fines and retract your flawed and invalid laws.
His message continued:
As government representatives, you have a solemn duty to protect the people you are entrusted to represent, not oppress them. By enacting and then selectively enforcing such oppressive laws that violate the Constitution, you spit in the face of every veteran who has ever served to uphold the Constitution! Yes, I am this worked up over a painting of some fish; the rights in the Constitution are not something that should even be lightly infringed and tolerated!
The founding fathers must be rolling in their graves over the affront to freedom you have committed in your persecution of this man who is merely attempting to live an American Dream by exercising his right to free speech – an attempt, it must be noted, that would increase commerce – which in turn would bring more tax dollars to the city should he succeed in his endeavors!