74-year-old Alan McConnell was arrested this weekend and charged with trespassing, after police said he was selling "Impeach Him" buttons without permission. McConnell has sold the anti-Bush buttons at a Maryland farmers' market for months.
Officials said that the incident has nothing to do with politics, but that they feared McConnell and his supporters were becoming a safety hazard. As he was being arrested, about 40 McConnell supporters booed and yelled "Free speech!"
His supporters were becoming a safety hazard? Were they farting from all the organic broccoli they bought? WTF?
An excuse to arrest him for saying something about Dear Leader that someone didn't like, that's WTF.
Some of the market vendors say that all the controversy may actually help business. "The excitement has certainly brought a lot more people here, but not all of them are buying," one said. "Hopefully, the protesters today will come tomorrow to buy."
Oh well, so much for "free speech". If it's good for business, the old gent's toast.
On the flip side, the settlement or judgment from his civil suit for false arrest and violation of his civil rights should keep him in organic veggies and big-titted farm girls throughout his Golden Years.