The city council in Riviera Beach, Florida discussed among themselves how to intimidate and silence Fane Lozman, a critic of the council. Mr. Lozman took them to court – all the way to the Supreme Court – and won. Our city council members would most likely consider him a foe, I consider him a hero.
There is an old Japanese proverb ‘The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.” Local leadership, through humiliation, intimidation and threats, will attempt forced conformity. But there will always be citizens who value their first amendment constitutional right of free speech and not be distracted by the animosity of council members like Mr. Robertson in New Buffalo.
Mr. Lozman stated, “What makes America beautiful is our personal freedoms. Constitutionally protected free speech cannot be suppressed at the whim of elected officials and public servants.”
New York Times – December 5, 2017