posted on Aug, 5 2011 @ 11:46 AM
Officials were forced to pull the product after Democratic state Rep Joe Armstrong visited the bookstore and told the manager he found the mints
It's satire, and it was deemed okay when the store sold Bush-mints yet now, somehow, it's unacceptable.
Senator Armstrong also said that since the mints were not educational material, there was no breech of the First Amendment.
He told the Sentinel: 'With a book or something of that nature, then fine, but that (the mints) is sort of a discretionary product they have. It
wasn't viewpoint neutral. Very specifically insulting to the president.'
Glenn Reynolds, who teaches constitutional law at the University, said: 'Let me make very clear, there is no candy exception to the First
'Free speech is free speech. If you make fun of the president in a mint, it is just as much free speech as it is if you make fun of the president in
a political cartoon.
'While citizens have the right to express disapproval of a message on a tin can of breath mints, that opinion has more heft when it's coming from a
The company that sells the mints, Unemployed Philosopher's Guild, sells more than 25 different varieties of mints on their website, including ones
that poke fun of Sarah Palin and Bush.
I find it disturbing and odd that 'our representatives' are completely ignorant to their own government,
it seems 'position' occupancy doesnt require knowledge and understanding at all.