Sheriff Weber didn't care for the outspoken anti-abortionist, right winged Conservative Alexander and Paul Dorr. So, when the time came for the two to re-up their "nonprofessional permit for a weapon" they were denied. The Sheriff found Paul Dorr weird but was that the reason he denied the applicants the license? Nope. He denied them because they were being effective and certain members of the community were becoming agitated.
Paul Dorr began a crusade against corruption and when he was hired by Osceola County TaxPayers Association to find out why a small rural county had such a huge budget he did. Of course the Sheriff's office was the first thing to get hit. Sheriff Weber belonged to a Union of course, and Unions being Unions, they made sure the Sheriff was well taken care of. Money you know just grows from the tax payer tree, and liberals being liberals, well they like to spend, spend, spend. After all it's just a redistribution of wealth.
The deeper Paul Dorr went the worst it got. When Paul asked for a copy of the Policies and Procedures manual he was charged 90 minutes of time and ten cents a page... If I had been Paul, I too would have been outraged. So, Paul offered his services to the Sheriff and wrote a letter stating in part that a Private Company could have done the copying in a quarter of the time and at much lesser cost. I think Paul pushed the issue though when he wrote that the Sheriff staff need to be inspired.
When Paul wanted to gain access to do a full County audit. The Sheriff staff bulked and threatened to walk out. The D.A. was mad, the Union was ticked, and the Sheriff was just a little peeved audacity of Paul wanting to get to the bottom of a County Budget that was out of control. Thus when the license came up for renewal, the Sheriff was more than happy to stamp the words "Unapproved" across the application in big bold letters.
At least the Sheriff was honest, in fact the court commended him. Of course the case is about power, abuse of that power, and about a Sheriff using his power to try and stomp out someone else's free speech. You cannot retaliate against someone when they engage in activities that are protected by the 1st Amendment. Many a liberal believes the 1st Amendment just belongs to them but it doesn't and it never has. It belongs to us all and if you don't like it well that is just to damn bad. Go grab a tissue it's over by the wall.
So, how did this story end? What did the Sheriff get?
Well, the court found that Paul's activities were protected from government interference. That the Sheriff withholding of the permit "would chill the speech of a person of ordinary firmness." (see the link up above page 13 of 21). What's more is that the court found that what Sheriff did would indeed deter Paul from exercising his rights that are protected under the 1st Amendment. That the court found a man who had sworn to protect the Constitution did anything but that. That the Sheriff caved under public pressure and stomped on the Constitution.
Paul got his permit but Alexander did not. The Sheriff and his entire crew were ordered to go to a College level class that focused entirely on the constitution and would focus a good part on the part the Sheriff felt he could trample. What's even better is the Sheriff must get a passing grade and that the class needed to have a discussion of the First Amendment. This was a victory against those of the Woodrow Wilson types.
Thus I leave here with a quote from Woodrow Wilson a man I completely dislike but in this quote agree with.
The seed of revolution is repression.
May the revolution grow and the controlling actions of Progressives end.