Norwalk businessman asks customers to help him get Obama impeached

NORWALK Not everyone is a fan of President Barack Obama -- but some critics are more vocal than othe
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

NORWALK

Not everyone is a fan of President Barack Obama -- but some critics are more vocal than others.

Ric Hills, owner of Maple City Cabinetry, started his own petition to have Obama impeached.

Customers who come to Hills' business at 31 E. Main St. are greeted by a huge sign asking them to sign the petition.

Hills said he plans to send the petition to Congress.

"I do not like the way the government is running its business," Hills said. "I don't like the direction the government is going. It's not just Obama. We are headed very quickly to a socialist state, and I don't like that."

Hills considers himself a member of the Constitution Party. He was a Republican who voted for Sen. John McCain in the 2008 election. In his store on Thursday, the distinctive sounds of right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh filled the air.

Reaction to his sign has been positive, Hills said.

"I had one negative phone call, but it's running 24 (or) 25 to 1 in favor," Hills said.

A woman spotted signing the petition would not say why she did so.

Hills set up the sign in front of his store on Monday, but the landlord who owns the building asked him to take it inside, he said.

Hills said he's against Obama's plans for universal health care.

"Why should you pay for my health insurance?" Hills asked.

Hills also said the federal government is in constant violation of the Tenth Amendment, which reserves for the states all powers not delegated to the federal government.

Tom Jarrett, who owns the Northern Ohio Antique Mall store across the street from Hills' business, said he'd never bring politics into his store for fear of alienating customers.

"I can't criticize the guy," Jarrett said of Hills. "It's what he believes in. Would I do it in front of my store? Absolutely not."