Bush Arrested for Hanging Obama in Effigy

Ok, not that Bush. This was Hunter Bush, 21, of Lexington, Kentucky who was arrested with Joe Fischer, 22, a UK student, for hanging an effigy of Barack Obama from a tree. The charge was for disorderly conduct, though it is unclear why these men were arrested while a recent example of hanging Palin was not made into a criminal matter.

We just discussed the law governing these displays in class. The Secret Service will investigate anything that might be a threat to a presidential candidate — which is a crime under federal law. That law has always been controversial since it sweeps into core areas of political speech.

It is a mistake to criminalize such displays, however moronic they may be. Ultimately, the creep who hanged Palin in effigy was persuaded to take it down. in the end, Chad Michael Morrisette did more for the McCain camp than a thousand McCain signs. Whatever high ground existed for Obama in these stories over destroyed signs and effigies, Morrisette guaranteed that it was lost for Obama supporters. Yet, these dim-witted acts should be viewed as political speech, so long as it is done on private property or in areas allowing public displays.

Obama has been hanged in effigy in at a small Christian college in Oregon and Clarksville, Indiana. There was a racist effigy hanged in Ohio. In Redondo Beach, Calif., woman not only hanged Obama in effigy but put a bloody butcher knife in its neck. None were charged with criminal violations. Instead, the public put pressure on these village idiots to conform their conduct to civil society.

The most distressing aspect of these stories of electrified signs, shooting of sign kickers, and effigy hangers is that they all involve people who will vote for the next president. If that is not an argument for an oligarchy or alternative to democratic elections, I am not sure what is.

For the full story, here and here.

4 thoughts on “Bush Arrested for Hanging Obama in Effigy

  1. “The charge was for disorderly conduct, though it is unclear why these men were arrested while a recent example of hanging Palin was not made into a criminal matter.”

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    The latter likely excused as nuisance abatement.

  2. The headline was a real grabber for me. I would agree with Prof. Turley that this kid shouldn’t be arrested for what he did, but I would sure like his name in a lot of papers as the one who hung Obama in effigy. That bad press alone might be enough punishment. Although I liked Mespo’s rsponse, I don’t think the Palin effigy should be a criminal matter either.

  3. This is seriously retarted. Wow is it so sensitive for Obama but not for Palin who was also hung from a noose. is it because of racial issues and lynching from years ago. GET OVER IT! If it was McCain, Or Palin,or Obama, or Biden the the action should be the same, which i believe is being charged.

    “In Redondo Beach, Calif., woman not only hanged Obama in effigy but put a bloody butcher knife in its neck. None were charged with criminal violations. Instead, the public put pressure on these village idiots to conform their conduct to civil society.” Now does this sound fair that these women can do this and get away with it yet Hunter Bush gets charged?

  4. I just think that all of this is becoming very petty…from destroying signs to doing moronic things like this.

    I don’t think hanging or showing a presidential candidate or other person in this manner is acceptable. You don’t do things like this, it just promotes violence and hate. And you only make yourself look bad to others

    I wouldn’t even recommend taking a photo of the person to a shooting range because then you look like you’ve got plans.

    We’re not setting good examples for today’s youth if we condone such behavior

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