Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Ohio Man Tells US to Kiss His Ass over Immigration with Thonged Lady Liberty

In Toledo, Ohio, Art Bollinger has been following the growing controversy over immigration rights in this country with a great deal of passion.  He strongly objects to the possibility of giving illegal immigrants the ability to earn their citizenship, and says that having broken the law by sneaking in, the immigrants should now be shown the door out.

Then Bollinger received one of the many emails we all receive with joke cartoons about our present political dilemmas, and found an appropriate way to express his frustration. He created his own statue or liberty, with a few accoutrements. His statue features a thong and a nice big banner telling immigrants to “Kiss my American Ass”.

The larger-than-life lady liberty stands outside his home in peaceful (and very conservative) Toledo, leaving no uncertainty on Bollinger’s views on the immigration bill that recently passed the house.

"You don't have rights. You are here illegally," said Bollinger of the people who cross the border without permission.  "If I break the law, I go to prison. You break the law and the American government says they'll kiss your behind.  No.  That's ridiculous."

Bollinger’s wife is from Russia (can you say mail order bride?), and in order to marry her and bring her into the country, Bollinger had to pay a great deal of money and go through many procedures.  Evidently this crystallized his thinking on the immigration bill, and on the issue which has moved to the forefront of many minds in this country.

Personally, I don’t agree with Bollinger’s take on immigration.  But I can’t help but admire his creativity, and I celebrate his exercising his rights to free speech.  Not to mention, the statue’s pretty funny, don’t you think? Perhaps I can get one for my front yard!  

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