Isn’t it Ironic? Police Seize Flag from Veteran on the Fourth of July.

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Police in the tiny village of Crivitz, Wisconsin, trespassed onto an Iraq war veteran’s property and stole his American flag, which was being flown upside town as a protest regarding a business dispute the veteran is having with the village’s seat of government. 

Flying the American flag upside down is an accepted way to signal distress, and the veteran, Vito Congine, was signaling his distress over a decision the village council’s decision to deny his restaurant a liquor license.

On the Fourth of July, the day Americans celebrate their independence from a tyrannical government (often with the aid of liquor – more irony), the village council decided his protest was not appropriate.

 Village President John Deschane, 60, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam, said many people in town believe it’s disrespectful to fly the flag upside down.

“If he wants to protest, let him protest but find a different way to do it,” Deschane said.

 Meaning what? Protest in a way that is not seen as a protest? 

Congine, a Marine veteran who served in Iraq in 2004, said he intends to keep flying the flag upside down. “It is pretty bad when I go and fight a tyrannical government somewhere else,” Congine said, “and then I come home to find it right here at my front door.”

 Amen, brother.

When contacted by this reporter, Mayor Vaughn, formally the mayor of Amity—the town made famous in the movie JAWS—had this to say: “We just don’t want that kind of element around while decent folks are trying to enjoy what we think will be a beautiful day, the beaches on Lake Superior are open and people are having a wonderful time, and “Independence Day”, as you know, means “don’t offend people in power”. And let’s be reasonable, huh? This is not the time or the place to perform some kind of a half-assed protest using the American flag… And I’m not going to stand here and see that flag being waved upside down and see that little Kintner boy spill out all over the dock again.”

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