I am not easily offended. Yesterday at the was an exception. No, the long lines don’t offend me nor does having to do the two-step around people waiting to use the do-it-yourself mailing machine. I am not even offended by the miniature post office parking lot which makes it a life-altering experience just to back up.
I was offended by a group of folks who planted themselves in the middle of a public sidewalk in front of the post office to spout their political views into the marketplace of ideas to capture some votes for their candidate.
I am aware that the first amendment gives them the right to express themselves in public. I also remember how the ACLU defended the Ku Klux Klan’s right to parade in Skokie, Ill., a city that had a large Jewish population.
What did offend me was a large poster a man in that group was holding and shaking in front of passing cars and people. It was an enormous portrait of the present president of the United States, that was dishonored and disrespected with a Hitler-type mustache.
I was offended personally because they disrespected the president of the United States and millions of Jewish people who perished because of Hitler and his henchmen. They did that by inferring our president was like that reviled monster from World War II.
I knew it would be useless to confront the sidewalk barkers, so I lodged my complaint with the post office manager. When I told her my opinion about what was going on right in front of the post office, she was polite and empathetic. She said she had gotten many complaints about the group but as long as they weren’t on post office property, there was nothing she could do.
Hopefully they won’t drum up much business and will get tired of talking to themselves. Then, maybe they will go away and find another corner in another community to hawk their wares. After all, it is a free country.