The hallmark of Racine's 4th of July parade are the famous military floats sponsored by the American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America.
If at no other time - Racine takes a moment to honor and thank the veterans who have sacrificed so much for our county.
This is why it was a little weird that the Journal Times chose today - the day before the 4th of July to weigh in on the outcome of the court case against Mark Dement who forged seven names on a recall petition last year.
Dement faced a fine and a possible maximum of 3 years in prison for his behavior. The judge, imposed a $2,500 fine and no jail time - which the JT found to be lame according to today's editorial:
"Some time behind bars would have sent a message to Demet and the community that election fraud is taken seriously. Also, spending Independence Day behind bars would have been a good reminder of the value of our country’s democracy and what happens if you try to mess with it."Mark Dement committed a crime, there is no doubt. Mark Dement is also a veteran on disability. A disabled vet who let his emotions get out of control causing him to sign seven names on a petition.
For that, the Journal Times thinks he should be in jail - over the 4th of July weekend. They are bastards - one and all.
The Siren doesn't know Mark Dement and we don't know exactly what prompted him to become so carried away that he thought it was a good idea to sign his family's and some of his neighbor's names to a recall petition sheet. We do know that a lot of veterans are out in society grappling with big issues, few jobs and long waits for services.
Perhaps on the 4th of July - especially on the 4th of July - the Journal Times might want to reflect a little harder on what the holiday means and shut their fucking mouths.