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People tending to postal business Friday morning got a shock – or a laugh, depending on how they looked at it – when they pulled up in the parking lot of the Shelbyville Post Office and were greeted by a huge signs calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama.
About a half dozen people saying they were members of a Michigan group calling themselves the LaRouche Political Action Committee, had set the signs up on the sidewalk between the post office and the Judicial Center, and were waving to people coming and going from the post office.
Jenny Burns, one of members, said the bipartisan group has been traveling around the country and visited Radcliff and Fort Knox earlier this week.
Burns said the organization’s national office was located in Virginia, but that her group was from Michigan.
She was handing out literature with information about a resolution that North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones had introduced recently, calling for the president’s impeachment if he should involve American military forces in hostilities without the approval of congress.
“We have to hold these guys accountable for the fact that they’re violating the constitution,” Burns said, pointing to a huge smiling image of the president on a two-sided standup poster.
Shelbyville Postmaster Chip Robinson said nearly all of his customers were asking about what the group was doing out there, so he contacted Mayor Hardesty’s office and the Shelbyville Police Department to see if the group had gotten the proper permits and was told that they had.
“They had the right to be there, as long as they were not interfering with traffic, or with customers coming and going out of the post office,” he said. “I mean, the first amendment gives us the freedom of speech, so they have the right to make their views known, whether we agree with them or not.”
Robinson said he kept going to the window and looking out, just to keep an eye on what was going on.
“I just wanted to make sure they weren’t causing any type of disturbance,” he said. “I have been with the postal service for twenty years, and this is the first time anything like this has happened.”
Fielding Ballard III, Shelby County Democratic Party chair, said when he came out of the post office one member of the group waved to him and called out, so he went over to talk to them.
“They didn’t know who I was at first, but they found out real quick,” he said.
Ballard said he respects everyone’s right to freedom of speech, but the people he conversed with from the group did not really have anything of importance to say, in his opinion.
“When I asked them questions, they didn’t get real specific, they just spoke in generalities,” he said. “As for me, I told them I think he’s [Obama] been a good president, but I didn’t get confrontational. I just laughed and walked away; a whole lot of people were doing that, just shaking their heads.”
For more information about the group, visit LaRouchePAC.com.