doug hughes

Several months ago, Douglas Hughes, 61, of Ruskin, Florida, flew his self-made gyrocopter from Gettysburg, PA to Washington, DC, and landed on the lawn of the nation's capital. The Idiot Free Zone created a homage to someone we thought a hero. Hughes, then an employee of the U.S. Postal Service, was making a political statement by delivering a letter to each member of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Hughes is the ultimate activist against the huge, unlimited, and unaccountable cash contributions involved in the U.S. election process. Hughes was arrested at the time, but was released on his own recognizance until a later court appearance.

In a recent court appearance, Doug Hughes and the prosecutor came to loggerheads. He is being offered a 9-month-plus sentence for a guilty plea. Hughes will have none of it. He insists that the action he took – although quite unusual – is still within the Constitution. The lawyers are still at it.

In the meantime, Hughes says he was fired from the Post Office, effective July 4. (It is hoped the irony was not intentional.) Hughes holds that his protest is legitimate, and that he will not accept being treated like a criminal. He had notified the press and the authorities prior to the D.C. flight. Hughes says, if they want a circus, he will supply the elephants. He is asking for vocal and monetary support from the public. Hughes and his wife have a daughter still in school. They are now on food stamps.

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He flew through the Washington skies.

Nothing is changed if no one tries.

He lit on the lawn,

His message air-borne --

His countenance proud, without guise.



Here is the full size video IFZ created in his honor:


Lyrics by: Curtis W. Long

Music and vocals by: Tommy Dodson

Video by: Bob Nelson


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