Yesterday, Iraq war veteran and Probation officer Azael Brodhead, was fined $166.20 for honking his horn in front of temporary Governor Walker’s home.
A Wisconsin state employee says his daily horn honking outside Gov. Scott Walker’s house in Wauwatosa is a matter of free speech.
But a Milwaukee County judge doesn’t see it that way.
A state trooper ticketed 36-year-old Azael Brodhead for noise violations after he drove by Walker’s house day after day, week after week, blowing his car horn, sticking his middle finger out of his sunroof and shouting “Recall Walker.”
Brodhead, a probation agent upset with Walker for trying to break up public employee unions, told the trooper he was simply exercising his First Amendment rights.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported a judge last week found no precedent for constitutionally protected horn honking and fined him $166.20.
Police said Brodhead used repeated profanities as he was ticketed, such as saying the troopers protected the “piece of [expletive] governor” and saying “your boss is a [expletive] [expletive].”
Brodhead still makes his daily drive past Walker’s house to shout his protest. Only now, he doesn’t use his horn.
So corporations giving millions to sway elections and buy politicians is “protected speech” and an Iraq war veteran honking his horn is not?
Editor’s Note: Ironically, this story just came out today, further proving the point.
A divided Supreme Court on Thursday swept aside decades of legislative restrictions on the role of corporations in political campaigns, ruling that companies can dip into their treasuries to spend as much as they want to support or oppose individual candidates.
So in 2011 American, Al Quada could set up a dummy corporation and give millions to US candidates secretly with no disclosure and no limits and no problem. Honk your horn and get a ticket. Very interesting!