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May 14, 2010

From The Portland Press Herald in Maine, Kelly Bouchard reports  the story of a Republican cacus group's search and destroy mission of a teacher's property as well as possible theft of the same.
Most local school systems, I 'm not aware of one that doesn't, encourage various groups to rent portions of school buildings for meetings after school. 

No one thought much about the Knox county cacus meeting at the school to discuss issues from their state convention.

No one expected the members of the cacus to steal things or to rifle through the contents of the eight grade class room.  Teacher Paul Clifford returned to school to discover a poster regarding the Labor Movement in the United States had been taken and replaced by a bumper sticker stating, "Working people vote Republican".

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Is the lunacy being displayed by know-nothing groups contagious or is it strictly a Republican disease?

I would have thought that the Maine state party would have check to discover if workers in Main did actually vote Republican before insulting those who don't.

This is Maine for goodness sakes!  Mainers are known for many excellent qualities but I wasn't aware that a segment of the population performed crude neo-Nazis anti-free speech actions (I hope it’s only a segment) disguised as Republicans.  The leaders of the state party acted to staunch the damage done by writing an apology to all the teachers and students affected by the attack.

For me the capper was the Republicans who later called to complain about the boxed copies of Constitution of the United States in the room, because it had been printed by the ACLU.

The very first Amendment in the Bill of Rights, written by those Founding Fathers they are so fond of interpreting, the very first one guarantees the right of free speech. Have some radical right Tea Party/Republicans deciding that free speech is only allowed when the speech is what they deem to be politically correct?

That's how the Nazis and former Communist Party of Russian and their imprisoned satellite countries behaved.

I'm disgusted, glad their was an apology but have one last question.  Were the perpetrators censured, removed from cacus status?  Was anything done to emphasize what happened was so very wrong?  If so why wasn't that action publicized? It would have gone a long way to cool off tempers.

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Posted: May 14, 2010 10:39am


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