An electronic board on Franklin Road in Caldwell juxtaposes photos of James Holmes, accused of killing 12 in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater last week, with President Obama. About Holmes, it says: Kills 12 in a movie theater with assault rifle, everyone freaks out. About Obama: Kills thousands with foreign policy, wins Nobel Peace Prize.
Whats the point? Obama broke his promise to bring the troops home and many young Americans have died, said Maurice Clements, who is helping keep alive the provocative libertarian tradition of the late Ralph Smeed, whose billboard (now electronic) is a Caldwell landmark. Were all outraged over that killing in Aurora, Colo., but were not outraged over the boys killed in Afghanistan, Clements said of public sentiment.
What connects Holmes and Obama? Clements said hes just comparing the way society reacts. Were not saying that Obama is a lunatic, he said.
Edgy or poor taste? One regular commuter told the Statesman the board was way, way out of line and offensive: I dont care if youre Republican or Democrat, it was just beyond bad taste. Clements responded, Thats a technique of trying to make a point, and maybe it was poorly done.
Sound off, learn more: Clements said he invites public feedback: (208) 250-2193; http://smeedonstate-ism.com/