Is this still “The Land of The Free?”
72-year-old Dick Thompson’s fight may soon be over — his land is up for sale.Vodpod videos no longer available.
“It brings tears to my eyes, and I don’t shed tears very easy,” Thompson says of the mountain of support he’s received.
In recent days that includes a letter from Colorado with a check for $10 with “Land of the Free” in the memo line.
Thompson faced eviction from his 38 acres in Madison County. The county lawyer told 24-Hour News 8 it’s because Thompson is breaking too many rules, laws and ordinances; Thompson has no water, no sewer and no electricity in his recreational trailer that he calls home. Bottom line: You can’t permanently live in a recreational vehicle. Now that the land is up for sale, it’s clear his trailer won’t be his permanent home.
Two weeks ago Thompson told 24-Hour News 8’s Brad Edwards : “I want to get the hell out of here right now — too much hate. I’m a country boy. I just want to be left alone.”
The story got tens of thousand of hits on multiple YouTube pages and quickly became one of the top stories of the year at WISHTV.com. E-mails came in from New Jersey to Oregon, Orlando to Calgary. In a statement to 24 Hour News 8, the Indiana Sons of Liberty, a community militia, said: “It would be a great sight to see a thousand ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flags flying on Mr. Thompson’s property.”
Thompson was on the verge of tears with gratitude, saying, “Thank you for the support.”