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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 12:00 am

An informational kiosk and signs calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama were placed in front of the Lodi Post Office on Friday by members of the Lyndon LaRouche political action committee.

The group believes Obama acted illegally in bombing Libya without Congressional authority, said Wesley Van Der Schaaf, a San Francisco resident and LaRouche volunteer. The Obama administration has failed to come clean on the terrorist attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, he said.

He was joined by Victor Sirias, also of San Francisco, another LaRouche volunteer.

Van Der Schaaf and Sirias handed out fliers, gathered signatures, and sought contributions for the committee.

They called out to those visiting the post office in Downtown Lodi.

"Come on, let's impeach the bum," Van Der Schaaf shouted to passersby.

He said the response had been mixed.

"Some people love us, some people hate us," he said.

The LaRouche organization believes aspects of Obama's health care reform could lead to euthanasia and have drawn parellels to Nazi Germany. One of the signs displayed Friday showed Obama with a Hitler-style moustache.

Only a few feet from Van Der Schaaf, someone had parked a truck with signs challenging the group and its message. The owner of the truck, however, was not present.

"I guess that's a counter-protest or something," Van Der Schaaf said.

LaRouche volunteers have visited Lodi a few times in the past, Van Der Schaaf said, and will likely return, though it is unclear when that might be.

The LaRouche committee reflects the principles embraced by Lyndon LaRouche, an unsuccessful presidential candidate and controversial political activist who was once imprisoned for mail fraud and tax code violations.

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14 comments:

  • Bobcatbob Ingram posted at 8:10 am on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    99er Posts: 119

    Joanne, I believe most of what You say because I have had many comments barred and many 'lost'.

    But Lodi's censors seem no more slanted than the 'Huffington Post' editors who have deleted no less than 50% of my right wing thinking post.... and I consider myself a Moderate. ?

    ...and personally I don't blame either set of censors, they are fear filled humans just like the rest of Us.

     
  • Bobcatbob Ingram posted at 7:57 am on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    99er Posts: 119

    I agree with You Jerome, The best tack is to ignore them.

     
  • Bobcatbob Ingram posted at 7:53 am on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    99er Posts: 119

    Doug, Never argue with 'drunks, idiots or the insane'.

    They have driven You down because You keep trying to 'prove Your point'.
    Forget about it Doug, just write what You believe is true, then let it rest, those that can see .. will see.

    Those that can't ...won't.

     
  • Bobcatbob Ingram posted at 7:46 am on Thu, Feb 28, 2013.

    99er Posts: 119

    I think alot of this bickering about who is to blame would be handled if when election day came we would vote and decide which 'Political Party" would be in power for the next 4 years.
    If we had Republicans win, Every elected spot from pres to dog catcher would be Republican. The same for Demo's winning the election.

    The advantage to that system, after a short while every one knows, exactly who to blame or who to give the Kudos.

    From my point of view the Repubs have promoted ideas and actions that in some places would be called treason, other places just call it stupid. i.e. The Repubs vowing to STOP ALL legislation coming from the White house.

    But I could be mistaken considering the tangle of finger pointing that politicians do.


     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:56 am on Tue, Feb 26, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    That looks like an easy way to get oneself on the FBI's Lodi terror watch list.

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 5:47 pm on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2254

    Ms. Erickson, your righteous indignation is quite telling. Perhaps you missed the eight years of such behavior directed at President George W. Bush. Or did you believe having a Hitler-esque mustache of Bush okay with you?

    For the record, I believe such antics are just that - antics. I'm only offended to the point that whatever real message they were trying to convey is diluted by the use of the mustache. Hitler was an evil man. Is Obama evil? It all depends on one's point of view I suppose. But I wouldn't use the mustache.

    The First Amendment protects these people - just as it does for either you or me when determining the best way to voice our opposition or support for our government. Unless President Obama is in any way threatened by such "speech," there's little that can be done. This is one of those "hating what they say, but defending to the death their right to say it" kind of moments. The best tack to take is to simply ignore them.

    But to utter, "OMG..only in Lodi, CA could someone get away with the disgracefull (sic) displaying a picture of President Obama depicting him as Hitler!!!!!!! This is so off the charts of normal behavior! I am disgusted by it. Wow......" is just a tad over the top. In no way is this form of expression limited to little ol' Lodi, California.

     
  • Todd Cronin posted at 4:56 pm on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

    Todd Posts: 96

    Catherine,
    They do that ALL the time in Utah,
    you know, the land of mormondom!
    (or morondumb take your pick/one in the same)..........[wink][wink]

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:58 am on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    And, Josh, I think it is time to abolish the two party system, giving members of both parties, along with the other smaller parties, the chance to speak their own thoughts and opinions and vote the way they want iwthout ramifications from their own respective parties without fear of being blackballed or left off the next election ticket. The problem is how to approach this problem before it gets even worse.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:53 am on Sun, Feb 24, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    Josh, you don't have to feel bad, the Democratic party isn't far behind and catching up fast.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:16 pm on Sat, Feb 23, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    Rick, President Obama didn't kill tens of thousands of our own young brave troops and maim another hundred thousand or so for life by taking us to a war in the wrong country to seek revenge for Saddam threatening to kill his father and to capture more oil wealth for the republican party war hawks who were instrumental in trumping up the documents to make it appear that there really was a threat of nuclear weapons, which there clearly wasn't. Why don't you republicon war hawks take the blame like a man? And not to mention the hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians were merdered by Bush, including the elderly, women and children. And you call President Obama fascist?

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 6:03 pm on Sat, Feb 23, 2013.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    Sigh........and I wonder why my Republican Party continues to flounder.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:58 am on Sat, Feb 23, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4305

    Careful, Mr. Chaney...you may end up getting chastised by the webmaster who, just yesterday, asked if I thought LNS was ginning up "resentment and bigotry against Cheerios" because they had published an article about General Mills.

    Just for clarification, this was in response to my comment about Marty Weybret's "editorial" from last July about Census figures indicating a growing Latino population in Lodi and the Thursday article about the nationally growing Latino population in the US which included more Lodi numbers.

    In his "editorial," Mr. Weybret promised more tidbits from the Census that were pertinent to Lodi, but that never materialized, which of course leads one to believe the intention was to frighten the non-Latino population of this lovely little town.

    Of course, the illustrious webmaster pooh-poohed that contention, thus the Cheerios comment.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:18 am on Sat, Feb 23, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    This is just the seemingly endless intolerance and bigotry that appear in this paper, apparently indicating what's newsworthy, not, in this failing local paper. The editor and publisher seem to choose their articles to pander to the bigoted class of older Lodians, who seem to be the only ones left that subscribe.

     
  • CATHERINE ERICKSON posted at 8:56 am on Sat, Feb 23, 2013.

    FRITZY9 Posts: 17

    Are you kidding me? OMG..only in Lodi, CA could someone get away with the disgracefull displaying a picture of President Obama depicting him as Hitler!!!!!!! This is so off the charts of normal behavior! I am disgusted by it. Wow......

     

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