POLL: When Does Protesting Cross the Line?

A Chicago couple brings their call to impeach President Obama to Frankfort. But do they go too far when they compare him to Hitler?

Richard and Pamela Conway have issues with President Obama. They think his policies are leading to martial law and an eventual nuclear war, and the only way to stop that is to get him out of office.

That's why they were out at the Friday, passing out literature and signing up people to the political action committee for Lyndon LaRouche, an extreme political activist and on-again, off-again presidential candidate. Set up with a card table full of flyers, posters and books, the Conways, both from Chicago, would engage passers-by in what they could do to help change what's wrong with the country in general, and the Obama administration in particular.

And while their ideas--banking reform, water management, creating new jobs--might not be considered that radical, the way the Conways express them--with their posters likening Obama to Hitler--certainly could be. Some drivers-by certainly weren't offended by the displays, honking their horns or shouting "I want that bum outta everywhere!" and "He's the antichrist!" from their car windows.

But is comparing the president with the 20th century's poster boy for evil incarnate right or fair? Is it Swiftian hyperbole used to express outrage with the current political situation? Or does it simply lower political discourse below the classless level of "your mama" insults? 

What do you think? Talk about it in our comments section. And check out the video in our media gallery to find out why the Conways think Obama is like Hitler.

Nature Lover November 07, 2011 at 12:07 AM
Obama in 2012!
Denise Du Vernay November 07, 2011 at 12:08 AM
Saying something is "slam dunk" doesn't make it so, nor does citing a talk by a known anti-Semite and conspiracy theorist as Boyle. I would like to hear what YOUR point is, Gerald, as I have no desire to try to figure out what your point is by watching a clip of a speaker who I find offensive.
rifle November 07, 2011 at 01:04 AM
After watching this video, these two seem to be very confused
Rebecca Wharrie November 07, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Whether we agree with protestors or not, freedom of speech is a constitutional right. In my opinion, protestors should at least be able to articulate their motivation in a clear fashion, but that's my opinion and not freedom of speech.
Joe Vince November 07, 2011 at 03:29 PM
@Becky: Make no mistake, their Constitutional rights of speech and free assembly need to be upheld, and I would never think of silencing anyone's opinions. Bu that doesn't mean people support how those opinions are expressed. Joe Vince Local editor, Frankfort


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