Remember when we all lived in America? That was nice, wasn’t it? You could make fun of the President without the secret police showing up.
The U.S. Department of Justice has sent a member of its Community Relations Service team to investigate a Nebraska parade float that criticized President Obama.
A Fourth of July parade float featured at the annual Independence Day parade in Norfolk sparked criticism when it depicted a zombie-like figure resembling Mr. Obama standing outside an outhouse, which was labeled the “Obama Presidential Library.”
The Nebraska Democratic Party called the float one of the “worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen.”
The Omaha World-Herald reported Friday that the Department of Justice sent a CRS member who handles discrimination disputes to a Thursday meeting about the issue.
The Community Relations Service was the creepy bunch that first came to prominence during the Trayvon Martin case.
A division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was deployed to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to provide assistance for anti-George Zimmerman protests, including a rally headlined by activist Al Sharpton, according to newly released documents.
The Community Relations Service (CRS), a unit of DOJ, reported expenses related to its deployment in Sanford to help manage protests between March and April 2012
In person, they have a real secret police vibe.
In their Navy blue windbreakers, polo shirts and dark sunglasses, they look like federal agents.
Their caps are embroidered with the Justice Department’s seal. They watch and listen silently. But they say little publicly.
When reporters try to chat them up, they remain stoic, saying simply they cannot talk to the media.
Dale Remmich of rural Norfolk made the float and has said the mannequin depicted him, not President Barack Obama. Remmich has said he made it to represent his frustration with the president’s management of the Veterans Affairs Department.
He did not intend for the float to make a racial statement, he said.
“I’ve got my bibs on, my walker, I’m covering my ears and I’m turning a bit green. I intended it to look like a zombie who has had enough,” Remmich said.
He says he has been very upset on how veterans are being treated in VA facilities and the president’s failure to change it.
“I have three personal friends that are in VA care or lack thereof right now, and they have told me the last three years what they have gone through,” said Remmich.
Bottom line Remmich said it’s not about hate or race, and believes on the fourth, he was exercising his First Amendment right.
“This is America. Anyone can have a parade. Anyone can be in a parade and that’s it.”
That used to be America. Under Obama, it’s Obamerica.