MANITOWOC - When you walk into the lobby of Manitowoc Custom Molding you aregreeted by a small billboard that reads "God bless America." Butall this week, another expression toward the country on the frontlawn of the business, has drawn more attention.
"It's a peaceful way of demonstrating," said MCM President MikeFredrich about his upside-down American flag. "Under direcircumstances, it's an appropriate way of expressing yoursituation."
Fredrich says it is in response to health care reform. While heexpects his business to be hurt by the taxes in the new bill, hesays the flag protest is not about economics.
"It's contrary to the constitution, which is very clear," saidFredrich. "The U.S. government has enumerated powers, running ahealth care system is not one of them."
Fredrich says several people have stopped in to comment on theflag, with mixed reaction.
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"Good for them," wrote a viewer named Gail. "We should not beforced to do something. I still love my country, but the governmenthas taken some things too far."
A viewer named D.C., who says he comes from a long line ofmilitary members, wrote:
"This move is appalling to me. If you want to protest thishealth care bill, that is your right. Myself and my family havefought, and in some instances DIED for your right to protest. Butto disrespect the FLAG is not the answer."
"It's not meant in any way to disparage the flag," saidFredrich. "I love the flag, I love the county."
The Chair-woman of the Manitowoc County Democratic Party saysshe does not have a problem with the protest, but thinks there is alot of misinformation about the health care bill.
"Hey, that's the beautiful part of living in the United States,you're free to express your opinions," said Nan Hallock. "I thinkonce everybody realizes what this bill is giving them and theirneighbors they're going to go, 'oh, oh, ok.'"
The flag MCM will not likely stay upside-down for long. Fredrichsays he plans to replace it with a Revolutionary War flag.
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