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Austin Man Hangs Empty Chair From Tree Symbolizing President Obama: Free Speech?

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Bud Johnson hung a chair from his tree in front of his Austin, Texas home. Mr. Johnson used the chair in reference to President Obama. The empty chair came from Clint Eastwood's reference to Obama in an empty chair during his speech at the RNC.

Does Mr. Johnson have the right to express himself by lynching an empty chair? Should the Secret Service investigate? Does this make him racist or just anti-Obama?

Watch the video of the protester Bud Johnson at the link below.

WEAREAUSTIN.COM reports:
A Northwest Austin homeowner, who hung a chair from a tree meant to symbolize President Obama, has t

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  • Sgt Major B 2012/09/21 00:59:32
    Yes
    Sgt Major B
    +4
    "…debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open and it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials."
    -- Justice William J. Brenner, Jr. — Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397, 414, 1989

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  • BigEyedFish 2012/09/21 20:11:58
    Yes
    BigEyedFish
    +1
    WoW
    I think he might have started a trend!
    Cool...
  • J.MaisOui 2012/09/21 18:59:59 (edited)
    Yes
    J.MaisOui
    +1
    I wondered what was happening?! ... Ive seen a few chairs hanging from trees today ! I agree w Bud. I'll b sure not to hang the chair by its neck,tho.
  • BigEyed... J.MaisOui 2012/09/21 20:15:57
    BigEyedFish
    Really? You saw them? That's awesome!!
    but wait...according to polls Florida is Obama's state...how OWNS Florida according to some! What's up with that?
    *gasp* Could it be that polls are as good as that empty chair is?
    LOL
    Very cool! Thanks for making my day! (ooo a Clint Eastwood reference...!no way!) ☺
  • J.MaisOui BigEyed... 2012/09/21 21:14:11 (edited)
    J.MaisOui
    +1
    Well...i did not. I voted for Ralph Nader,and would love to see Ron Paul elected,but they swept him under the rug. If he were elected,i would be proud to be american again,because hed put a stop to most of the nonsense in progress.
  • J.MaisOui BigEyed... 2012/09/21 21:17:10
    J.MaisOui
    +1
    ...and I dont know ANYONE whos voting for him. Have u seen the documentary Thrive,on YouTube ??? If u watvh it,pls let me know what u think.
  • BigEyed... J.MaisOui 2012/09/21 23:05:54
    BigEyedFish
    I'll check it out. It's good to hear that the polls are crazy...
    Thanks so very much!!
  • Bronar 2012/09/21 18:49:14
    Yes
    Bronar
    Had it been an effigy (sp?) Free Speech would still apply.
  • Russian 2012/09/21 18:36:20
    Yes
    Russian
    +2
    Yes! That is free speech! If anyone says that is racist they scum. Just because Barack Obama is black doesn't mean people can pull the race card! It is Anti-Obama! Simple as that!
    I'm going to go and hang a chair in my front yard :)
  • FanOreilly 2012/09/21 18:13:49
    Yes
    FanOreilly
    +3
    Remember when homo-activists hanged an actual image of Sarah Palin?

    Liberals celebrated.

    Watch the liberals screech about this chair.

    sarah palin hanged in effigy
  • J.MaisOui FanOreilly 2012/09/21 19:03:46
    J.MaisOui
    So,...should we now hang the chair from palins ankle?
  • BigEyed... FanOreilly 2012/09/21 20:16:33
    BigEyedFish
    great reminder and great point!!
  • TheTruth1313 2012/09/21 06:30:02
    Yes
    TheTruth1313
    +1
    The man is merely exercising his right to protest.
  • Steve Boston 2012/09/21 03:30:04
    Yes
    Steve Boston
    +2
    Unlike people the chair obviously escaped unharmed to be sat on again. What's the big deal. The guy proved you can't kill an empty chair by hanging. Is there a furniture version of Peta out there I don't know about? Please don't tell me. Please.
  • BigEyed... Steve B... 2012/09/21 20:17:03
  • S and S 2012/09/21 02:47:27
  • Mark 2012/09/21 02:42:01
    No
    Mark
    Yeah ,... at the republican convention , a guy with 7 kids from 5 different women talked to a chair ...
  • Trader1... Mark 2012/09/21 05:10:59
    Trader1 is kerbonkin'
    +2
    I thought a person's morals didn't matter to democrats ... make up your mind.
  • Mark Trader1... 2012/09/21 23:47:31
    Mark
    I guess you never noticed that "the private part" of your Voters Card , NEVER indicates Morals & Ethics , of which those definitions have either changed in meaning ; or "absent from those" that have claimed to be what they've labeled themselves ,... (so one must check the age of the person , that assumptions are going to be directed towards as well) .

    For example :

    No republican President , since (& including) Calvin Cooledge forward in time , has been anything but a false con$ervative .

    And Liberal use to mean "those that are for LIBERTY (word derivative) & Justice for ALL ,... NOT just for the 2% .
    It is as recent as those "under the age of 50" - (a portion of that age group) , that perhaps feel Liberal means "if it feels good , do it " kind of montra ,... which could mean with the same gender , or the family dog .
  • FanOreilly Mark 2012/09/21 18:14:18 (edited)
  • Heptarch 2012/09/21 01:51:25
    Yes
    Heptarch
    +1
    Yes, it's free speech. It's also racist as hell.
  • ray Heptarch 2012/09/21 18:16:21
    ray
    +2
    What race is a chair ?
  • Heptarch ray 2012/09/22 01:01:34
    Heptarch
    +1
    Ask Clint Eastwood.
  • ray Heptarch 2012/09/22 11:18:48
    ray
    Never heard him make such a reference .
  • Heptarch ray 2012/09/22 15:18:44
    Heptarch
    He's the one comparing Obama to an empty chair. I'm sure you can get the information from him, if pressed.
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/09/21 01:31:12
    Yes
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    +1
    Poor Old Dude. Probably never even thought about lynching.
  • Leslie 2012/09/21 01:28:34
    Yes
    Leslie
    +1
    It's his property and he can express himself how he likes.
  • Trader1 is kerbonkin' 2012/09/21 01:20:34
    Yes
    Trader1 is kerbonkin'
    +2
    Yes it is.

    What's funny is that before Clint spoke, this would not have provoked more than a few curious glances. Soooo, apparently the people who got ticked about it immediately recognised obama as being the empty chair.
  • Heptarch Trader1... 2012/09/21 01:51:59
    Heptarch
    +2
    No, they recognize that right wingers see him as such.
  • Trader1... Heptarch 2012/09/21 02:08:48
    Trader1 is kerbonkin'
    +1
    Ah, but they wouldn't have known he was a "right winger" if they hadn't first made the connection between the chair and obama.
  • Heptarch Trader1... 2012/09/21 04:12:54
    Heptarch
    +1
    You mean the connection a right winger made? That doesn't mean people agree that he's an empty chair. Just that right wingers made that silly comparison.
  • Trader1... Heptarch 2012/09/21 05:09:46
    Trader1 is kerbonkin'
    +1
    Didn't say they agreed with it, they wouldn't be lefties if they did. But they still made the connection.
  • Heptarch Trader1... 2012/09/21 14:40:17
    Heptarch
    +1
    THe only connection they made was that right wingers made that connection. It's very easy to understand what that man meant. It doesn't mean that I agree with right wingers' depiction of Obama.
  • Trader1... Heptarch 2012/09/21 15:23:33
    Trader1 is kerbonkin'
    +1
    For the second time, I never said you did.
  • Heptarch Trader1... 2012/09/21 18:03:28
    Heptarch
    +1
    I know, but you keep implying that non-right wingers acknowledge that Obama is an empty chair. They don't. The only people who see him that way are right wingers who have bought into the right wing hate machine.
  • FanOreilly Trader1... 2012/09/21 18:15:09
  • BigEyed... Heptarch 2012/09/21 20:20:05
    BigEyedFish
    I think the Intelligence meetings that Obama does NOT attend leaves a very empty chair that everyone is noticing and the WH is now coming "out" about!!
  • Heptarch BigEyed... 2012/09/22 01:02:29
    Heptarch
    +1
    The President can't be there for everything. He's only one man.
  • BigEyed... Heptarch 2012/09/22 10:33:55
    BigEyedFish
    He doesn't go to intelligence meetings even when our Ambassadors are being killed and our embassies are burning.
    He continued campaigning.
    He can't be there for everything but has time for Jay Z and Beyonce and Letterman and the Muslim Brotherhood.
    He's an absolute disgrace!
  • Heptarch BigEyed... 2012/09/22 15:19:21
    Heptarch
    You're entitled to your opinion. Thankfully more people in this country disagree with you than agree.
  • BigEyed... Heptarch 2012/09/22 15:22:12
    BigEyedFish
    We shall see

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