Ric Hills wants to see Barack Obama impeached. In fact, he'd like to see some walloping changes to the way government does business. And he's doing something about it.
A sign in the window of his Norwalk business calls to other like-minded individuals to sign a petition for impeachment of the President.
Hills is exercising one of the individual rights guaranteed in the Constitution. The First Amendment grants the "right of the people to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Unlike the myriad of whiners and complainers who don't like the status quo but aren't inclined to stick their necks out or even vote, Hills stands behind what he says, with his business -- and his name.
Unlike some anti-government advocates of the far-right, far-left or just plain far-out who plot to overthrow the status quo through subversive or violent acts, Hills voices his opinion in a legal, constructive way.
The same document that declares Hills' right also requires proof of "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors" for impeachment of a president, so it's unlikely his petition drive will have much impact on the future of Obama. But we defend his right to speak his piece.
We live in a country where dissent is possible without fear of retribution. Our forefathers who drafted the Constitution ensured it.
Barack Obama stands for it.
Ric Hills stands for it.
America is America because of it.