It appears that we’ve had another incident of police harassment while collecting ballot access signatures in Alabama. One of the paid petitioners on Loretta Nall’s campaign called the Birmingham field office complaining that the police asked him to leave the local convention center. It was prime petition collecting time at the BJCC, as there was a crowd on hand for the local viewing of Taylor Hicks/American Idol viewing party.
The last time I checked, the First Amendment still read:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
As a matter of fact, this particular petition is required by state laws which were passed by Republicans and Democrats specifically to keep Libertarians off the ballot. That they require the petition but won’t let people gather the neccessary signatures shows just how tyrannical the system is in Alabama. I’m sure the Alabama media will pay far more attention to American Idol than to the fact that our most basic of rights are being stripped away from us.