Monday, October 23, 2006

Ken Fries sign over Clinton Street

Read the story over at

My wife and I saw the sign the other day when we drove down to the 80th District to distribute Robert Enders door hangers...

Here is a link to the relevant section of Indiana Code:

The sign is illegal based on my reading of the law. I am not sure what permit Bob Alderman is talking about... There are so many laws on the books that there is no way for a citizen to know them all. Heck, it is not possible for law enforcement officers to know them all...

This stupid law demonstrates a major difference between Reps, Dems, and Libertarians...

Reps and Dems are the ones passing stupid laws like this that restrict the rights of property owners on how they use their own property. Libertarians dislike these laws.

This is a law that should be IMMEDIATELY removed from the books. It is a stupid law and it is the kind of law that larger government types (Reps and Dems) keep passing in this country.

As far as I am concerned the law should be changed so that the person who owns the property decides what signs are on his own property...

Property rights are one of the most important rights we have in this country and they are being taken from us all the time, consider:
Eminent Domain
A proposed smoking ban that will effect my own home as it is written in Allen County

I think Bob Alderman should enforce this stupid law and do his best to get the law removed from the books as soon as possible.

I tend to think we should have far fewer laws on the books and the government should get the heck out of my life. That being said, we should enforce the laws that are on the books.

Mike Sylvester
Chairman of The Libertarian Party of Allen County


Robert Enders said...

Part of the problem is that it is impossible to enforce all these laws.For exmaple, there is not enough jail space to hold everyone who has used illegal drugs. In fact, even people who support the current drug laws will say that they really don't want all drug users put away, just the dealers and the hard core users. This is why both prosecuters and police officers use descretion. But sometimes that descretion is arbitrary. It is why some people are more likely to get arrested for the exact same offence as someone else. It is why a gas station attendant will get six months in jail while a college student will have the option of the pretrial deferrment program.

John Good said...

Mike - I understand, and respect, your opinion of this law. That being said and done, what do you think of the local party ignoring this law. Is it okay because they disagree with it? Because they feel above the law? If it were a Dem or Libertarian candidate in violation of the law, they'd be all over the papers and tv whining about it.

LP Mike Sylvester said...

I think the law should be removed from the books.

I think my last sentence sums it up for me: "That being said, we should enforce the laws that are on the books."

I have no doubt that if The Libertarian Party put them sign up they would make us take it down...

Mike Sylvester