“I don’t feel welcome in this state anymore, and I feel really bad about that. It’s a beautiful state here. After my six months of probation is completed with no other unknown caveats to this coming up, I want to go. I want to be somewhere other than here.” — Peter Lynch
The words above, according to an Albuquerque Journal article today, were spoken yesterday to listeners of an Albuquerque radio station by Peter Lynch shortly after a jury in Bernalillo County found the 31-year-old Air Force veteran guilty of “criminal damage to property” for his act of standing up for the American flag. And who can blame him.
Yesterday, I published details of the case in a post, Veteran Found Guilty in Mexican Flag Incident. Today, I’m trying to build momentum among patriots across this country to correct this egregious miscarriage of justice. As a first step, I sent the message below to the editors at USA TODAY.com and plan to send similar messages to other media outlets across the nation:
“Why did USA TODAY fail to cover the story of Peter Lynch, an Air Force veteran in New Mexico, who was convicted this week of criminal damage to property for taking down a Mexican flag that was flying — alone, I might add — on the University of New Mexico campus. And, yes, he tried unsuccessfully to get officials on the campus to take action over this blatant violation of flag protocol before taking action himself.
“It upset me so much that I started a campaign on my blog — at BobMcCarty.com — to invite others to help me convince New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson that he needs to pardon Lynch if, that is, he doesn’t want his state to become known as the ‘Land of Disenchantment.’“
As a second step, I’m asking you — if you feel inclined to join me in this effort (and I hope you do) — to take action as well.
For starters, you can forward messages similar to the one above, along with the graphic shown, to members of the broadcast, electronic and print media, encouraging them to cover the story if they haven’t already done so.
Second, you can write and call New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and demand (politefully) that he grant a full pardon to Lynch and do it immediately. His contact information appears below:
Office of the Governor
490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: (505) 476-2200