First Amendment rights to free speech have been executed marvelously in Maryland, as a Calvert County billboard is at the center of a local controversy due to its provocative nature.
It’s no surprise that local Democrats are attempting to subvert free speech and have the billboard removed. Why?
The billboard states, “DON’T BLAME TRUMP! YOU ARE STUCK WITH THESE TWO SH**HEADS!” and features a cartoon graphic of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s heads on emoji-style piles of poo. It’s signed, “From All Your Deplorables in Calvert County.”
Local Democrats are taking this opportunity to be vocal about their displeasure and demanded the removal of the board.
A billboard in Maryland is drawing attention, and a bit of controversy, for the colorful language and depictions of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.https://t.co/IsB2IhDYwq
— MRCTV (@mrctv) May 7, 2021
In an interview with the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee Chair, Jeanette Flaim, she takes the opportunity to speak not only on behalf of her party but everyone in the county when she said, “This does not reflect the values of our County, regardless of party.” She goes on to say, “We have not complained about any other signs. It’s this sign we think is, again, damaging to all of us, all of us in Calvert. The GOP, the Independents, everybody.”
Clearly, this is not true, as this particular billboard has been the highlight of the small town for years. It’s hosted a wide variety of political sentiments, including, “HEY LIBERALS BETTER GET YOUR GUNS IF YOU TRY TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT TRUMP. From all of your deplorables in Calvert County.”
Regardless of who believes what, the billboard will remain in place as is. It is protected under law, and no government can alter or remove the signage no matter how much someone doesn’t like it.
The local law explicitly protects signage like this, and according to a Facebook post by the Calvert County Government, “cannot regulate sign content based on the Supreme Court case decision Reed v. Town of Gilbert (2015). The Calvert County local sign regulations are based on location, materials and size, not verbiage. Regulating any content based on the Supreme Court decision would be illegal.”
“There is nothing that we as county government can do for language that’s on a legal sign,” said Buddy Hance, Board of County Commissioners President. “You know this country was built on the foundation of free speech, and sometimes we like what that free speech says and sometimes we don’t.”
Free speech wins again!