When it comes to free speech, there is no application more paramount to the ideals of the founding fathers than the realm of politics. This was, in fact, the whole point of the First Amendment: To create a nation that exists to allow the people to stand up to their government.
That is why one woman in New Jersey is refusing a judge’s order to remove anti-Joe Biden signs from public view.
A supporter of former President Donald Trump is refusing to take down signs at her mother’s home critical of President Biden, despite a judge’s order to do so.
“It’s my First Amendment right, and I’m going to stick with that,” Andrea Dick, a New Jersey Trump supporter, told the New York Times on Tuesday.
Dick, 54, was immediately criticized by some of her neighbors when she put up the signs earlier this year and was ultimately cited and fined by local officials, who said the signs were violating an anti-obscenity ordinance. Last week, Roselle Park Municipal Court Judge Gary A. Bundy ordered Dick’s mother to remove three of the 10 banners or be fined $250 daily.
Order be damned, says Dick.
A local mayor has suggested that the conflict is about “decency”, but Dick isn’t fazed, having begun to procure funds for the lengthy legal battle ahead.
A GoFundMe account, which Dick has posted on her Facebook page, has been set up to raise money for her legal defense fund.
The argument is a truly classic one in a nation founded on the concept of freedom, and it will certainly be interesting to see how far this particular case travels up the judicial ladder.
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