Thursday, May 30, 2013 7:07
(Before It’s News)
Maine’s Governor Paul LePage has voiced outrage over what he perceives to be the ‘stifling of his free speech’ in the Maine state house, where he was recently ordered to take a television away from the front of his office. Not only did LePage voice outrage but he also reminded Americans of one of the purposes of the 2nd Amendment, that being to provide the ultimate protection for the 1st Amendment, when he shared the following with the press. Only 10 months ago, LePage proved prophetic by comparing the IRS with Nazi Gestapo’s, warning that millions of Americans will die due to ‘rationing’ of healthcare. Though LePage is ripped apart for his comments, with the recent IRS scandal and calls for them to be ‘put out of business’ for their crimes, LePage shows he knew then what he was talking about.
“It’s freedom of speech,” LePage told reporters on Wednesday in his comments according to the Portland Press Herald. “You folks should understand that better than I. It is the First Amendment, then there is the Second and I love ‘em both.”
He added, “The minute we start stifling our speech, we might as well go home, roll up our sleeves and get our guns out.”
LePage first positioned the TV outside his office in the Hall of Flags. The Legislature’s rules prohibit people from displaying political messages in the State House without permission from the Legislative Council.
David Boulter, executive director of the Legislative Council, told LePage to remove the television, prompting LePage to declare that he would move out of his State House office. He then decamped to the Blaine House to conduct business.
The TV has since been installed inside his office, although it’s still visible from the Hall of Flags. It shows new messages including “No New Taxes.” No complaints have been reported.