On Saturday morning, June 6, vandals tried to set fire to a Lewis County landmark "The Uncle Sam" sign. Recently, the Uncle Sam sign has come under fire as a target for removal with a petition on Facebook. The sign has a very loyal following of Lewis County residents, because they understand it's meant to make people think, think about their rights and freedom.
The Uncle Sam sign has been under scrutiny by many throughout the years, even by Washington State Department of Transportation. As Americans, we have the right to free speech and this is exactly what the family who owns this sign has been doing for decades, exercising Freedom of Speech, while protecting your rights as well.
Article 19 of the US Constitution states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." Now, others want freedom of opinion and expression squashed and property rights violated.
The founding fathers understood the right to own property for prosperity and freedom. They made these rights so we as Americans can purchase, use and dispose of property freely. The Constitution protects property rights in both the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. What is being asked by this petition is against the Constitution and everyone should have an issue with it!
The reason we have lived in one of the best nations is because our founding fathers saw fit to put individual rights into effect that would withstand the test of time. Think about the right to free speech, you can carry around a sign that says "the sky is falling." While many may look at your sign and wonder, it's your sign and your right to say whatever you want. When someone walks up and takes your sign, they are taking your property and your voice. Isn't that exactly what these vandals did by trying to burn down the Uncle Sam sign?
Many don't seem to understand, if one person's rights are violated, then aren't yours next? In Lewis County we have not had riots and looting, until now. We have always been proud to live our lives free of outside interference. Unfortunately, we lost that innocence when vandals tried to burn down a sign that represents free speech to many.