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posted: 11/1/2012 4:02 AM

Eager for win over free speech bullies

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Eager for win over free speech bullies

My family has lived in DuPage County for the past 25 years. It seems to have become some sort of rite of passage in every election cycle, that the tyranny of the 60 percent majority political party in DuPage County to trample over those in the 40 percent minority party, will rear its intolerant head once again and deny the 40 percent their constitutionally protected right of free speech.

I have yet to be able to display a political yard sign on my own front lawn that I place extremely close to the very front of my own home, without having it either stolen or destroyed. Does it upset the 60 percent so much for a homeowner to publicly express his own opinion if it does not coincide with their beliefs? Is this what our political discourse has become? Is this what these citizen bullies had been taught in the classes on civics in our schools?

Well, the only comforting thought I can take from all of this is that come the first Tuesday in November, when I cast my vote with a secret ballot in my polling place, possibly an elbow away from some of them in the booth next to mine, that my preferred candidate will win again.

And when that happens, I am sure that it will sorely disappoint the free speech bullies even more than the disappointment that I feel from living in an area that is so intolerant of the rights of others who do not agree with them or their own opinions.

Robert Garstki


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