The election of Barack Obama has prompted a free speech movement among theRed State residents of Idaho.
Elementary school children on a school bus in Madison County caused a stir among some parents when they chanted “Assassinate Obama! assinate Obama!” School officials, alerted by at least one concerned parent, sent memos to teachers advising them to counsel students against inappropriate comments.
In The northern panhandle–once home to the Aryan Nation headquarters–a sign erected by a northern Idaho landowner offers a “free public hanging” of President-elect Barack Obama and several other political figures. A noose fashioned from a length of rope hangs down the middle of the sign.
“That’s a political statement,” Ken Germana told the Bonner County Daily Bee. “They can call it whatever they want, a threat or whatever.”
In Nampa a resident displaying an inverted American Flag described Obama’s election as “vile” and “disgusting. ” He characterized the president-elect as anti-American.
North of Horseshoe Bend the owner of a shop selling Guns and Amish Quilts also flies the inverted flag at half staff.
Traditionally the inverted flag is a distress signal and has raised the hackles of veterans groups and other patriots when displayed as a political protest.
Meanwhile, local media reports sales of guns and ammunition took a big jump following the election. Several gun owners were fearful the new president would “take away our guns.”
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