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Rep. Joe Armstrong just learned it probably isn’t wise to pick a fight with somebody who buys breath-mints by the barrel.

Earlier this week the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported that Armstrong recently leaned on the University of Tennessee Bookstore manager to stop selling small novelty tins of “Disappoint Mints” that poke fun at the progress of President Obama’s “Change” agenda. The Knoxville Democrat indicated he believes taxpayer-supported universities ought to be places of solemn learning, not laughter at the expense of Leader-of-the-Free-World types who by coincidence happen to share Armstrong’s party affiliation.

Armstrong declared that “politically specific products” which aren’t “viewpoint neutral” and have “no educational value” shouldn’t be sold in a public university setting — especially a “discretionary product” so “very specifically insulting to the president.”

The marketer of the offending mints, The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, quickly perceived a teachable moment on the folly of what they saw as campus free-speech suppression. The remedy to be applied is more mints, the company determined. In a matter of hours they unveiled a zesty new line, “Joe Armstrong’s Strong Arm Censored Mints.”

In addition to the cool, refreshing satisfaction of lampooning yet another Tennessee lawmaker with a curious faculty for attracting national mockery, the Brooklyn-based company seems to be laughing all the way to the bank — or at least with mint lodged firmly in cheek.

“It’s official – we have SOLD OUT of Disappointmints thanks to Tennessee State Representative Joe Armstrong causing all that ruckus,” according to the company Facebook page. “In his honor, we present these new mints!” is an independent, nonprofit news organization supported by generous donors like you!

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TNGOP: Mint Ban Stinks

Press Release from Tennessee Republican Party; Aug. 5, 2011:  

While the failed policies of President Obama and Democrats continue to hurt our country and weaken the economy, FOX News reported this week that State Representative Joe Armstrong (D-Knoxville) has been on a mission to get a particular brand of mints banned at University of Tennessee Knoxville bookstores. The mints with a picture of President Obama on the front and labeled “Disappoint-Mints” apparently offended Rep. Armstrong so much that he asked the product be removed from the shelves and not sold again. However, the UT bookstore claims they sold similar mints when President Bush was in office, and they were never removed.

Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney released the following statement today regarding Democrat’s curiously strong opposition to political humor.

“It is a disappointment and an embarrassment that Democrats feel the need to limit free speech on the campus of UT-Knoxville when President Obama is being criticized, but did nothing when the mints targeted President Bush. Regardless, the truth is that American disappointment with the President is continuing to grow and poll after poll reflects this. You will find Republicans are more focused with fixing our country’s problems and removing President Obama and his failed policies from the White House in 2012 and not mints from college bookstores.”

Democrats across the country seem to be missing the point and ignoring America’s economic problems. They continue to force their failed policies on the American people and that should leave a bad taste in the mouths of voters. Since Obama took office $3.7 Trillion has been added to the National Debt. Unemployment has risen from 8.1% to 9.2% since Obama’s failed $831 Billion stimulus passed. Our country has 14 Million unemployed workers and 6.3 Million of them have been unemployed for 27 weeks or longer. These numbers are unacceptable it is time Washington receive a breath of fresh air.