How Do You React to the Posters with a Hitler Mustache on the President?

A man in MetroWest was charged this week with destroyed materials on display by the Lyndon LaRouche PAC.

A man in Northborough this week was expected to face charges in connection with his actions to destroy materials from the Lyndon LaRouche PAC that was set up in front of a bank.

The PAC - with its depiction of President Barack Obama with an Adolph Hitler-style mustache - often sets up in front of the post offices in South Hamilton and Wenham. Police have said previously that as long as the group does not block the sidewalk or harass passers-by, they are OK to be there.

Carl Lund, a local businessman who grew up in Northborough and now lives in Shrewsbury, faces charges for kicking over and damaging an anti-Obama display set up last week in Northborough.

While no similar incidents have been reported in Hamilton and Wenham, the group often causes complaints when it sets up, sometimes in the form of calls to police and other people turn to the Hamilton-Wenham Patch Facebook page to complain.

How do you react when you see the group set up with its posters, which include President Obama with a Hitler mustache? Tell us in the comments.

Barbara Smith December 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Depicting the president in that way is disgusting but our political freedom is more important than their political ignorance i am glad to read that there are complaints. I always stop to tell them that i wouldnt compare anyone to hitler and its an insult to those who suffeted from his actions but I'm grateful that i dont live in a country that murders cartoonists of religious chatacters.
Parson Weems December 14, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Totally agree with Barbara on this. Just adding this; I am not sure that setting up on sidewalks, which are technically part of the traveled public way, can't be reasonably regulated. Content of speech cannot be regulated in any way but where the speech takes place can be. These Larouchies should pay a fee to get a permit to set up where they want to if that happens to be on public land. Maybe they already do that I don't know. In any event, Towns should reasonably regulate the heck out of this hate filled group.
Parson Weems December 14, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Clarifying above: content of political speech, which the Hitler picture table clearly is, cannot be regulated in any way. Other forms of speech can be regulated. The classic example of shouting "fire: in a crowded theater always comes to mind when this topic is raised.
Jim Smith December 15, 2012 at 04:05 AM
I don't care they did the same to Bush or anyone else disliked for one reason or another. It's protected by free speech. Who really cares, here today, gone tomorrow.
Daniel Gewerrtz January 09, 2013 at 12:21 AM
I applaud Carl Lund. He may be hot-headed, but he's my hero.The Lyndon LaRouche people are, as many of you probably know, the epitome of crazy. As in sad, sick, mentally disturbed crazy. It is infuriating to see them, but also very sad to see young people who are throwing away their lives in a belief system, a cult, that makes Scientologists seem reasonable. Thirty years ago they were insisting that the Queen of England was a Communist spy. Thirty-five years ago they had "proof" that Henry Kissinger was having sex with Mexican hotel bellboys, then murdering them. (Even though I'd put little past Dr. Evil, I still assumed the charge was crazy.) The Obama as Hitler thing has been going on since 2009. Even though they can come off as savvy left-leaning types on some issues, these people are sick. LaRouche may have predicted events as diverse as the fall of the Berlin wall and the U.S. financial meltdown of 2008, but call Obama another Adolf because of Obamacare? Sick.


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