At first Joe Hornick of West Long Branch, New Jersey, was pleased to see police when they came to his home. He’d been complaining of vandalism to his flag.
“Here I am looking for the cops to capture these people and instead, here they come and give me a ticket for my freedom of expression,” Hornick said of the officers standing on his front porch.
He now faces a $2,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail for flying a flag reading “Trump Make America Great Again” in front of his home. He flies his flags 24 hours a day.
Acting borough administrator Lori Cole said a local law bans political signs until 30 days prior to an election. New Jersey’s presidential primary is June 7.
Hornick, who has a court date April 20, is not taking the flag down.
“I feel my constitutional right has been violated. I have the right to express myself,” he stated.
But this battle isn’t over a political candidate or a flag. It’s about free speech and the First Amendment which states: “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech,” thus the ordinance is unconstitutional.
Furthermore, the Fourteenth Amendment states in Section 1, that, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
It’s too bad we’ve been rendered near-ignorant of our God-given liberties as laid out in the U.S. Constitution.