By David Menzies for MSN Autos
Freedom of speech is something to cherish and defend. And when it comes to this specific freedom, I’m pretty much an absolutist. If someone is uttering speech that is “offensive” or “insensitive”, well, deal with it, cupcake. Yes there is indeed a line to freedom of speech, and I would argue the line in the proverbial sand is when someone advocates harm or death to an individual or an identifiable group. But in the meantime, freedom of speech does indeed guarantee the right for someone to be, well, downright rude.
The latest battleground for the free speech debate can be found in a most unlikely place: the rear-end of an ’86 Chevy pickup truck.
That’s because a U.S. army veteran in Wisconsin, Dennis Hamm, has painted “Obama FUK Off” in large letters on his pickup’s tailgate – much to the chagrin, I presume, of those who are still supporting the belegured President... or those who believe the second word in the phrase is one “C” away from transforming the word into a bona fide F-bomb and that’s simply too vulgar to display publicly.
In any event, Hamm found himself questioned by Recine County cops recently after police dispatchers received a complaint that a truck was driving around with a profane message deemed to be inappropriate “for kids in the area.”
But after being contacted by deputies, the 55-year-old Hamm reportedly said he didn’t care if bystanders were offended about his message.