Man Sues Town Because They Fly The U.S. Flag
June 7, 2008
To me and to most Americans, displaying the flag of our country, the Stars and Stripes is a way for us to show our patriotism and our pride in our country. We also display our nations flag, in support of our Troops, to let them know that we are proud of their accomplishments and we appreciate the sacrifices that they make for our country.
The town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire is a small picturesque town, that is located on the shores of Lake Winnepesaukee, making it a popular tourist destination, as well as a place that attracts retirees. The citizens of Wolfeboro, are well aware of the sacrifices being made daily by the men and women who serve our country in the Military and thus wished to honor those men and women and show their support, by flying around 100 U.S. Flags affixed to downtown utility poles.
Apparently, one man in the town of Wolfeboro, Claude Roessiger, is not a big fan of our Commander in Chief, President George Bush and thinks that the Bush administration has turned the flag into a symbol of what he calls “in-your-face, with-me-or-against-me patriotism.” Because of this, Mr. Roessiger has filed a lawsuit and suing the city, over it’s downtown display of the flags. According to his lawsuit, which was filed in Carroll County Superior Court, Roessiger says the display is excessive, unusual and unlawful.
The city is a bit puzzled by the lawsuit and his claims, noting that the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the flag does not promote one particular policy or philosophy. I’d have to agree. My flag flies proudly in front of my house each day. Not because I support any particular political party or even any politician. I’ve said often enough how I feel about politicians. Instead I fly my flag, because of what it stands for …. for Freedom, for Pride in one’s country, but mostly to honor the countless men and women who have shed their blood to fight for this country, to fight for the rights of our people to live freely in this great country.
This lawsuit makes me wonder if this gentleman has been hanging out with the Westboro Baptist Church folks, as they traipse around the country, attempting to pervert the funerals of our fallen heroes. Apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way, as many bloggers have contacted a company with whom he’s an executive to share their dismay and disgust in what Mr. Roessiger is doing. This is the notice that is posted on the company, Pak 2000’s website.
A notice to our customers and website visitors: It has come to our attention that a private hometown dispute between one of our executives and his board of selectmen over the proper bounds of political speech has been the subject of some discussion on certain blogs. We wish to emphasize that the views expressed by this executive were his own, not the company’s. He has subsequently clarified his statements, withdrawn suit and apologized to those who might have been offended by them.
Well I can honestly say he should apologize. I’m one of the people that was offended by what he did and said. But then again, if it weren’t for the men and women who serve in our military, people like him wouldn’t have the right to say and do things like this. Perhaps he should think about that….