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5 June 2012 at 12:59 p.m.
You have to remember that Romney is and supported the NDAA that stands against the 1st amendment, and 5th amendment of our Constitution of the United States. He has state more than once that he supports this law. The NDAA very few people know about or even care yet it takes away the most valuable thing we have, due process. It was past by over 90 Senators on both sides and signed into law. So the fact that your right to speak out was taken, isn't that shocking. Romney doesn't care about the rights of everyday people only Corporate America, and keeping the common middle class under his thumb with no power. In truth Obama and Romney have far more in common that not. The NDAA sums it up for all of us. For those who read this. Google the NDAA laws and see what you think and ask why would you support anyone who past such a law. We have ONE senator here in Colorado that stood up against it. That was Udall. Wake up America, read and get out of TV and learn something. You are being fed total BS, and Romney is bought and sold by the rich and removed. He is the rich and removed. But that word removed also means YOUR rights as an American.
5 June 2012 at 1:14 p.m.
This is national politics in a nutshell - win at any cost. If you have to lie to a few people along the way, then so be it. It's a sad commentary on the state of affairs in Washington.
While denying a couple of signs certainly isn't a national issue - it makes you wonder what else Romney's campaign is willing to lie about in order to get elected.
6 June 2012 at 1:39 p.m.
With the NDAA you have to ask yourself why would you be suspected of terrorism or suspected of being associated with entities of terrorism. They would not arrest or detain you unless you are participating in something you shouldn't. If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck, quacks like a duck……it's a duck. If you associate with terrorists, I support your arrest, detention and whatever else they deem reasonable to punish you and discourage others from following suit. As far as the signs not being allowed, are you confident the other signs were approved by the staff or could they have been snuck in or not disclosed?
6 June 2012 at 9:09 p.m.
“As far as the signs not being allowed, are you confident the other signs were approved by the staff or could they have been snuck in or not disclosed?”
I'm very confident that at least one sign was approved. I asked the woman who held the pink sign “Women for Romney” how she got her sign in, thinking that she snuck it in. She simply said “they” let her in with it.
Here's a link of photos. The pink sign is photo 31.
6 June 2012 at 9:50 p.m.
Even if the signed were “snuck” in, do you really think someone from the Romney staff wouldn't have gone and confiscated them - or ejected the sign holder - when they were seen by said staff, if they weren't allowed? Just another example of his hypocrisy and lack of character to pick and chose which signs he wanted in the crowd.
6 June 2012 at 10:03 p.m.
Oops. Forgot to include the link
7 June 2012 at 2:42 p.m.
As Much As I Dislike Romney….here is a message from Kyle Clark with Channel 9news in Denver….
It is common for campaigns to control the messages on signs at their events. On occasion, campaigns will hand out signs and will only allow those in the crowd, especially at big events like a convention. Other times, campaigns will screen signs to make sure there aren't messages that will embarass the candidate. As it is their event, they are allowed to do this.
As for the school district property, school property in Colorado is public property held in trust by individual school boards. The boards establish the policy for community use, so standards vary by district. Typically, partisan political organizations can use school property for a fee (similar to fee for use structures applied to religious organizations or a local non profits, like a Rotary club). The use of school property by a community group does not connote an endorsement, whether that group is a Lions club or a political campaign.
7 June 2012 at 4:49 p.m.
Two problems with that explanation WR -
1.) The main issue is that the campaign lied to Ms. Barrie and said all signs would be disallowed. Obviously there were a ton of Pro-Romney and Anti-Obama signs that made it into the event. It's one thing to disallow the sign and admit you are disallowing it because of its unfavorable content - they may have that right depending on where the event is being held. It's quite another to lie in order to avoid an issue.
2.) You can SAY that the use of a bus to display campaign rhetoric doesn't constitute an endorsement and that's half true because the district hasn't officially endorsed a candidate. But when pictures of the Pro-Romney signs start to pop up on the internet, displayed prominently next to “Moffat County School District,” it becomes a symbolic endorsement for all intents and purposes. School buses should NOT be used for partisan events - or at minimum they should not be used as props for campaign slogans at partisan events. Transportation is one thing, signage is another.
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