Liberals are such nice people! They are the champions of tolerance, multiculturalism, and open-mindedness to all points of views. They even champion the construction of the offensive Ground Zero mosque, in the name of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment rights!
The small business owners of this billboard on U.S. 65 south of Ozark, Missouri, have received death threats for exercising their First Amendment right to free speech:
Marie Saavedra of KY3 News reports on August 30, 2010 that Steve Critchfield and his business partner from Commercial One Brokers, a real estate firm in Branson, MO, saw online a “Voted Obama? Embarrassed yet?” sign. In a phone interview with KY3 News, Critchfield said: “My [business] partner and I felt lots of frustration here lately, and we liked that sign and we thought that was a reasonable question to ask. So we bought it, and brought it to the Ozarks. I’ve certainly voted for people I’m embarrassed to say I’ve voted for. We’re not naive enough to think that we wouldn’t get someone to be upset. I’m just surprised how upset people are.”
Critchfield says he’s received death threats due to the sign. People accuse him of hate speech and racism. He insists the billboard was for something more American in the name of discourse, conversation, and old-fashioned debate. “If everybody thinks [Obama’s] done a great job and they’re very happy,” he said, “then I guess they’d be buying billboards saying ‘I’m proud to have voted for him.’ That’s what makes America great, isn’t it?”
For his part, Matthew Patterson, executive director of the Greene County Democratic Central Committee, said “I know the president didn’t win down here, but there were a lot of people down here that voted for him, and I think I can speak for them and say we are not embarrassed yet.”
Way to go, Mr. Critchfield! We salute you on this Labor Day for exercising your constitutional right to free speech!