Sunday, October 26, 2008

Election Yard Signs

OK, no photos today for two reasons. 1) I am sick and don't plan on being on this computer for long. My husband has had a virus or something for the past several days, and I guess it is now my turn. It was inevitable after all. 2) I have an election rant that really needs no photos.

I'm sure you've seen the yard signs that invariably dot our landscape this time of year. They are every where. Signs for candidates running for congress, governor, president. You can't get away from them it seems. Well, maybe you can....

Our county, along with others around the country from what I've seen on the internet, is suffering from a rash of silly and juvenile thefts. Lawn signs are disappearing from yards every where. (Mine walked off yesterday, within 6 hours of my putting it up.) The only reason I can think of for someone to do this, is they are afraid their candidate just isn't going to make it, so they feel a need to keep the other candidate's name out of it as much as possible.

I live in an area that is probably near the buckle of the Bible belt. So many people here are very devout in their beliefs, and to me that makes this bit of thievery all the more appalling. "Thou shalt not steal," right? Not "Thou shall not steal unless it's a lawn sign for the candidate you are voting against."

Well, whoever stole my lawn sign isn't going to stop me from wearing my buttons or putting up my stickers. (Put one on my mailbox as soon as I saw the sign missing as a matter of fact.) They aren't going to stop me from voting for the person I feel is best for the job. And obviously they aren't going to stop me from running my mouth. (Besides this blog entry, I've written a letter to the editor of our local paper and am searching for other places to "hit" as well.) Seems to me their energy could be spent in much more productive ways. And as I said in my letter to the paper, I hope that if their candidate wins, he respects my right to freedom of speech more than they seem to.

It doesn't matter who you're voting for, I just hope you vote. This is already a history making election, and our next president will be making history again just by being elected. (No matter who it is.) And even if it's my candidate, I'm sure I'll complain about him at some time. We all do. That's also a part of our FREEDOM OF SPEECH.


Vicki Lane said...

Well said, Susan!

(Hope you get to feeling better soon.)

Susan M. Bell said...
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Susan M. Bell said...


My husband is cringing over the fact I have now put a sticker on the mailbox. I think he has these images of someone coming along and bashing it in. I'm hoping the fact that it would be a federal offense will keep them in line.

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean by those ignoramous ones who destroy things not belonging to them.I think they are all afraid of LOSING the battle whatever it may be.Here in cal.just around the corner in the next town we have a problem of people destroying the signs for the proposition on gay marriage here.I DON"T KNOW WHY PEOPLE CAN"T MIND THEIR OWN AFFAIRS!

Susan M. Bell said...

I saw an interview on the 'net with George Takei about that proposition. I thought it was a moot point; didn't know there were still issues with that.

Well, you know where I stand on that. Never have understood why so many want to but into everybody else's private lives. And the marriage thing? Way I see it, we need more love in the world. Why would someone want to stop it?!?

Anonymous said...

We're hardly seeing any political signs in our area of Georgia. There've been a few stories of sign thefts in the metro Atlanta area, but none around here. The first presidential sign in support of a presidential candidate sprouted today our neighborhood. I'm all for people expressing their opinions, even, maybe especially, when I don't agree with them, but the trend toward trying silence those who don't agree with you is troubling to say the least.

Lynne from GA