The ACLU is at it again!The Press Republican, a Plattsburgh daily, reported on a suit filed by the New York chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU is widely despised for opposing federal snooping in public libraries, police brutality, people who want to force religion down others' throats and other wonderful things. Now, you can add freedom of expression to the list of horrible things the ACLU advocates.
According to The Press Republican, the town of Essex had a local law which said political campaign lawn signs can only be displayed 30 days prior to election day.
The town supervisor told the paper that the town most likely will abolish the sign law because it cannot afford to keep defending it in court.
Not because, say, it was an very obvious and wholly unnecessary violation of both the state and federal constitutions.
Frankly, I'm glad that supressing freedom of expression is an expensive proposition.
Not surprisingly, the town supervisor, a Republican in an overwhelmingly Republican county, played the old "bash the ACLU" card. He said the Civil Liberties Union was suing the town only to gain publicity for itself. "When the dust settles, we will lose because our budget is small, not because our law is wrong,’’ the supervisor sniffed.