To the editor:
As the political season enters its final few weeks, vandals have again begun to steal campaign signage and destroy personal property in an attempt to force their opinions on others and prevent the expression of our constitutional freedom of speech. State Senator Henri Martin (R-31), a recent victim of vandalism, stated: “It is disappointing that some people will profess their passion for this country’s hard fought freedoms and rights in public, and then try to block these rights when they disagree or when nobody is around to see them.”
As British writer, Evelyn Beatrice Hall, is famous for saying: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” We shouldn’t need an English citizen to remind us what we as Americans should know as our core principles. But some people think our freedoms give them a “pass” when it comes to vandalism and preventing others from expressing their rights. Nobody gets a pass when it comes to our constitutional rights, nobody. Not the government and not other citizens.
When one of us loses our rights, we all lose them.