- Posted May 6, 2012 by
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Poor Taste and Judgement Catches Secret Service Attention
A truck pulling a trailer with effigies being hanged rolled through New York Friday raising eyebrows and questions. The display has even caught the attention of the Secret Service. One of the figures was that of President Barack Obama.
Mike Opelka of TheBlaze.com was coming out of his New York office when the truck was passing by. He managed to get several pictures of what was even a shock to jaded New Yorkers who are use to seeing almost anything.
After two decades of living and working in Manhattan, this average New Yorker believed he had seen everything. Today proved that to be a false assumption.
Walking out of the Blaze headquarters on 6th Avenue in Midtown, I encountered this very strange vehicle driving up the street.
The flatbed trailer being pulled by the pickup truck appears to have eight bodies hanging in effigy. Of course my eye was drawn to the body in the center of the display and the sign with a Presidential Seal (of sorts) and the name President Obama.
On the back of the “Hanging Truck” one of the signs reads:
Obama Is Onboard, Find Out Why. Visit YouTube.com And Search Keyword PatriotPhipps
Wait a minute. Someone is driving around Manhattan with the President hanging in effigy on a truck? Why? The YouTube search proved fruitful (if not more bizarre than the scene above).
Apparently the truck belongs to someone named VR Phipps from North Carolina. Mr Phipps believes that some of his family members were murdered by local law enforcement and a massive cover-up has successfully prevented him from getting justice. So, Phipps did something very bizarre… he built a gallows in his backyard and also constructed a hanging truck. In the early version (pictured below) VR only had six people dangling. The current version seen today has a judge, a highway patrolman, former Attorney General, the current Governor of North Carolina, a chief counsel, and a county sheriff.
Considering that the Phipps hanging truck was now spotlighting President Obama, the Secret Service headquarters in Brooklyn was contacted by The Blaze. Agents on duty told us that they were aware of the truck and the gentleman driving it. They thanked us for the call and assured us that they were “on it.”
From the Cornfield, not only is this in poor taste and poor judgement, this is plain out wrong.
No matter the man's alleged grievance, this goes beyond free speech protection in my opinion. The man should be given a cease and desist order immediately from a judge.
If any laws have been broken, he should be fully prosecuted. This sets an extremely bad example for young people. This is an offense to the moral fabric of Americans.
Yes, free speech, but this time, I believe, this man has gone too far and should be condemned.